Things to do on Whidbey Island
I often get asked what’s the best thing to do on Whidbey Island. Now, as far as best, I can’t really say, there’s so much to do and I haven’t even come close to doing it all. But, I do have some suggestions.
I’m going to sound like a travel agent, but there’s so much cool stuff to do on the island.
Hiking on the south end
Depending on how early you start, I’d suggest starting your day for a nice hike at South Whidbey Island Start Park where you’ll hike though the forest and down to the beach, possibly encountering some squirrels and bunnies along the way.
Middle of the island
After your hike, stop for lunch at Greenbank Farm’s Whidbey Pies & Cafe. It’s a little cafe with really good fresh food in a super casual atmosphere. Greenbank Farm is a fun place to walk around; you can tour the farm, look at their small lake, watch birds, tour some art galleries, and shop in the cheese shop. Sometimes there’s a Farmer’s Market (I believe it’s on Sundays).
Other great Whidbey Island experiences
South end of the island
If you’re in town for more than a day, I recommend stopping at Callahan’s Firehouse for some hands-on glass blowing, where you can blow your own glass (with Callahan’s help). You will need to go back the next day to pick up your creations.
While in Langley you can go kayaking with Whidbey Kayaks. Being out on the water is a special treat, and you might even get to see seals, sea lions, bald eagles, or whales while you’re out there.
You’ll love the food at Cafe Langley, which features Mediterranean cuisine. If it’s a nice day out, upstairs at Prima Bistro they have great French food and a lovely patio that you can sit out on and look out at the water.
Take a tour through Meerkerk Garden for beautiful displays of flowers.
More views and back up the island
We love going to Fort Casey for a nice hike with a tour of their lighthouse, great views, a short walk down to the beach with lots of driftwood, and maybe see some Stellar Sea Lions up close, and some wonderful military history. Not too far from Fort Casey is the town of Coupeville, for some more shopping, and head out to the end of the pier, and sit on the patio for some world famous Penn Cove Mussels.
Deception Pass has great hiking trails. You can read the guides once you get there for which trails interest you. And, then just work your way down the island.
And, a big shout-out to a wonderfully super-helpful site, Whidbey Local, who has helped me out many times. If you’re looking for anything Whidbey, they’re the ones you want to check out.
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This is just a partial list of so many really fun things to do on Whidbey Island in Washington, USA. Have you ever been there? What’s your favorite thing to do?