A Home On The Harbor

Our Top 12 Whidbey Island Recommendations

Here are some favorite things to see and do on Whidbey Island. In no particular order. It is hard to narrow down the choices so be sure to check out our Whidbey Guide blog for more ideas.

1. Deception Pass State Park, Goose Rock Trail

Deception Pass bridge is the most visited tourist sight in Washington state. It is well worth the hour drive from the house to see it. Walk the bridge and get a thrill from the dizzying heights as you watch the turbulent waters under you.  

Deception Pass

After walking the bridge, hike to the top of Goose Rock Trail, the highest point on Whidbey Island, and enjoy the amazing views of the surrounding land and water. At the top of Goose Rock Trail are the balds, an area that has been scraped to the bedrock by receding glaciers at the end of the last ice age. It has taken thousands of years to build up enough topsoil on top of the rock to grow the plants in this meadow.

Bring your camera!

2. Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve

This stunning reserve has the best of land and sea. Set in the middle of gorgeous working farmland and on the edge of the sea,  you can follow thin trails on bluffs and walk along the beach. Bring your sunhat and jacket as you will be exposed to the elements.

Ebey's Landing

3. Fort Casey

Historical military fort that is fun for kids young and old, including a lighthouse and beautiful views. Fort Tours and Lighthouse Tours are available.

A great place for picnics, kite flying and lots of open lawn for playing in.

Fort Casey

4. Visit the Town of Coupeville

This seaside town is the second oldest in Washington state. It features an iconic wharf with a public boardwalk and pier. The hundred year old buildings that once were stables and barbershops now host charming shops, galleries and an assortment of delicious dining options.

Coupeville Wharf

5. Visit the Seaside Town of Langley

This is the quaint, picture perfect seaside town you are expecting to see on an island.

Langley WA

Visit the Langley Whale Museum, Callahan’s Firehouse Studio Gallery, enjoy breakfast at The Braeburn, theaters, fine dining, waterfront dining, coffee, wine tasting, art studios, boutiques and Moonraker Books. This place has it all in seaside style.

6. 3rd of July on Holmes Harbor

A much anticipated event! Celebrate America is a fun, family festival with entertainment and food vendors right in Freeland Park. The fireworks display over Holmes Harbor is first class. You can watch it all from the comfort of your own yard at A Home On The Harbor.

3rd of July Fireworks

7. Local Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries

Enjoy a nice afternoon on Whidbey with a tasting at a local winery, brewery or distillery. Follow the link to see all your choices on Whidbey Island. Our favorite nearby venues include Blooms, Dancing Fish, Spoiled Dog, Ott and Hunter in Langley, and Mutiny Bay Distillery. We’re sure you’ll find something to your taste. Cheers!


8. South Whidbey Island State Park

347 acres of old-growth forest, including a 500 year old cedar, and tidelands with 4,500 feet of shoreline on Admiralty Inlet. Currently beach access is not available, but you’ll enjoy easy hikes in the woods and picnics that are great for families. The 500 year old cedar tree is on the trail across the street from the parking lot.

South Whidbey State Park

9. Putney Woods

A short drive from the house, Putney Woods is a part of a three park trail system with 600 acres of forest. Mixing secondary forest with old growth, walking in the woods here is so peaceful and restorative. Free parking and admission. Horses, bikes and dogs on leash welcome.

The trails wind around, so take a picture of the trail map ahead of time so you can keep your bearings.

Putney Woods

10. Meerkerk Gardens

Delight in a stroll on ten acres of display gardens starring beautiful rhododendrons and walk along four miles of nature trails. Four legged friends are welcome. Open daily.

11. Tree and Rock Climbing Adventures

Climb a tree with AdventureTerra! Specializing in rock and canopy climbing activities, adventurous courses go beyond the normal and leave people with lifelong experiences they will never forget. 

tree climbing

12. Kayaking and Paddle Boarding

Enjoy the best of the Pacific Northwest and get on the water with kayaking or paddle boarding tours. Short tours, half day, night and bird-watching tours are available. They also have rentals.

sunset kayak ride

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