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5 Family-Friendly Outdoor Activities in Whidbey Island

Finding recreational activities that fit the desires of the entire family can be a challenging task. Differing interests, hobbies, and ages often require family members to participate in activities that do not fit their idea of fun. While it is perfectly normal for a family to compromise when finding fun things to do, there are options available on Whidbey Island that provide something for everyone — no compromises needed.

There are many outdoor activities on Whidbey Island that create an enjoyable and stimulating experience for all. Generating creativity and imagination, children can explore natural spaces located around Whidbey Island homes for sale. Children are not the only ones to benefit from outdoor spaces, and teenagers and adults will also find the natural spaces to be oddly calming and stimulating simultaneously. Old-growth trees, expansive water views, powerful moving water, and stunning cliffs give Whidbey Island real estate the feeling of an outdoor oasis.

Getting to Whidbey Island is an adventure

Have you decided to drive to Whidbey Island? Crossing The Deception Pass Bridge, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, will take you on and off the North end of the island. Driving across the bridge will provide everyone in the car with amazing views of the Deception Pass. One of the most visited state parks in Washington, Deception Pass State Park highlights the natural wonder of the pass. If you are not sure what a pass is, it is an open space between two mountain peaks, or in the case of Whidbey Island, the space between two islands. There is often a water source between the two landmasses — for Deception Pass, this would be the Saratoga Passage and the Strait of Juan de Fuca — creating an amazing scene that everyone in the car will enjoy.

Would you rather get to the island in a way that provides a bit more adventure? Adding to the experience of visiting or living on an island, ferry transportation will create an adventure before even arriving at your destination. The Washington State Ferry system is the largest passenger and auto ferry network in the United States. Crossing every 30 minutes from Mukilteo to Whidbey Island, The Mukleteo/Clinton Ferry will wow your family from start to finish. There is something about driving a car onto a boat that gives you a boost of adrenaline! Once you get the car maneuvered into its designated space, grab some snacks, find a great spot on the deck, and enjoy the views and the sounds of the boat crossing the water. The ferries are first come, first serve, so be sure to arrive early to ensure your spot.

State and local parks provide immersive experiences in nature and adventurous activities

Fort Ebey
Nestled between Whidbey Island homes for sale, state and local parks are spread over the entire island. Each park has a unique feel and offers something for everyone. Community parks with baseball and soccer fields, skate parks, playgrounds, picnic areas, and miles of hiking and biking will give your family the opportunity for endless exploration. Children of various ages will have hours of fun at the South Whidbey Community Park while the entire family can enjoy a picnic. Trustland trails park provides short, interconnecting walking trails for the family to explore, and the mostly graveled trails are terrific for pushing strollers or wheelchairs. State parks, like the aforementioned Deception Pass, allow their visitors to not just connect with nature but also history. Fort Ebey and Fort Casey State Parks provide an opportunity to learn about the forts, explore gun batteries, and climb a Lighthouse. Ebey’s Landing, a National Historical Reserve, explodes with views of the Puget Sound and Mount Rainier. The reserve gives families opportunities to dive into the history of the island and understand agricultural and cultural traditions. Salmon fishing in Keystone Spit could make for an unforgettable experience for everyone, and you may even catch dinner!

Numerous beaches scattered over the entire island offer more than swimming.

The name Whidbey Island is a clear giveaway of one of the main attractions — beaches. Public, private, and hidden beaches located around the entire island allow for fun and relaxation for the whole family. The family pups can also join the beach fun on Double Bluffs beach, the only off-leash dog-friendly park. The cliff-side trail on Ebey's Landing in Coupeville is one of the island's greatest treasures. Over the Strait of Juan de Fuca, this windy and rocky lookout will provide opportunities for endless exploration and fantastic views.

Copious amounts of water activities exist right out the front door of Whidbey Island real estate. Join a group kayak tour to determine if this could be the new family hobby. Take a kitesurfing lesson or paddleboard while taking in amazing views. Charter a fishing boat with the hopes of landing a big salmon. Join a sailing group to enjoy a Whidbey Island classic event. Everyone in the family will find something that is fun and relaxing for them on the beaches of Whidbey Island.

A drive-in theater with more than movies

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There are not many drive-in theaters left in the United States — less than 350 — so residents are lucky to have one on Whidbey Island. With regular showings of blockbuster movies, the Blue Fox Drive-In Theater is open all year long. Bring a few chairs and snacks, or pick up a cheeseburger and fries from the on-site snack bar. The BackLot Tavern is a phenomenal place to grab an adult beverage before the show. Spending some time between shows at the arcade or riding go-carts will continue adding to the fun atmosphere. Netflix evenings will quickly be replaced with the drive-in theater. 


Countless farm stands grace the roadsides of Whidbey Island. Festivals, fresh flowers, local meats, berries, and much more are readily available for your enjoyment. Would you or your children like to learn more about harvesting food? There are numerous pick-your-own farms in the region, and in addition, most local farmers are happy to share stories with you about their land.

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Your family will fall in love with the activities available when living in Whidbey Island real estate. Memories created and new skills learned will be remembered for a lifetime. If you want to live in the midst of all the activities, reach out to trusted local agent Mike Konopik for expert guidance.

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