Families love to stay and play on Whidbey Island and there is nothing nicer than a great playground within an easy walk of your vacation home to let the little ones burn off some steam. In fact, my young niece insists on a trip to this playground everyday that she is visiting. Swings and big slides are always a hit, but the toy that will bring out the kid in all of us is the purple dinosaur on a huge metal spring.
Freeland Park is a small, local park located right on Holmes Harbor, featuring a beach, dock, a boat ramp, and covered picnic areas. In the summer months, the park is a great gathering place for locals as the weather warms up and boating season gets underway. The dock is filled with the hustle and bustle of fishermen and pleasure boaters as they use the boat ramp to get onto the water.
The park is also the home to the very popular Celebrate America, the 4th of July celebration that takes place on the 3rd of July, with its huge, professional fireworks display set off from a barge centered in Holmes Harbor. This event fills the park with excitement as families save their spots with blankets in anticipation of the fireworks show, and spend the afternoon eating fun foods while enjoying the live entertainment on the stage.
Other people enjoy this park the most when it is calm. They can stroll the beach, or sit on a bench, and watch the sunset while following the quieter fishing activities of the local heron and other water fowl.
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If you are interested in clamming at Freeland Park you can follow the seasonal conditions here. Clams, mussels and oysters open January 1- May 15.
FREELAND PARK – SOUTH WHIDBEY ISLAND, 17 ACRES
1535 E. Shoreview Avenue, Freeland, WA
Directions: From Highway 525 turn North on Honeymoon Bay Road, then East on Shoreview Drive for ¾ of mile.
Boat launch and park are both marked with signs.
Amenities: Boat Ramp and Dock (for non-commercial use only) , Picnic Area w/BBQ’s, Covered Picnic Shelter, New Pavilion w/ Picnic Tables and BBQ Grill, Restrooms, Playground, Walking Trails, Clamming (when in season), Fresh Water, Vista Views of Holmes Harbor and North Whidbey Island.
Reservation Available for Pavilion: Contact Island County Parks at 360 679 7331.