Whidbey Island is in the Puget Sound, 30 miles north of Seattle, Washington. The island has countless beaches, hills, and farmland with Deception Pass State Park on its north tip providing clifftop views, forest trails, and freshwater lakes. To the south, Fort Casey Historical State Park is home to a lighthouse and gun battery as well as popular beach camping.
The coastal towns of Oak Harbor, Coupeville, and Langley have beautiful boutiques, cafes, and galleries for shopping. The island is about 58 miles long and is said to be the longest island in the contiguous United States. Whidbey Island is my favorite out of the San Juan and Fidalgo Islands because of its beauty, trails, and cute towns to explore. There are endless things to do on Whidbey Island, making it super fun to explore.
Deception Pass State Park (Oak Harbor)
Deception Pass State Park is located between Fidalgo Island and Whidbey island connecting them to the mainland. This is the most visited state park in Washington. The park encompasses 4,134 acres of ancient forest with saltwater shores, freshwater lakes, camping & 38 miles of trail. This is the most beautiful place for hiking, camping, and beach exploring. There is amazing kayaking in the Sound between the islands and lots of different whale tours to see gray whales as well as orcas depending on the time of year.
This is my favorite place to visit on the island, and I come here every time I visit, normally multiple times a trip. There are so many places to explore in the park. Make sure you buy your Discover Pass for parking and entrance which is only $30 annually for entrance to all the parks in the state and free parking.
Skagit Valley Annual Tulip Festival
The annual Washington Tulip Festival is a breathtaking sight as you tour Rouzengard’s fields overlooking the Olympic mountains in the background surrounded by rows of color stretching on for miles. This is one of the bucket list items in WA that you must do at some point because of the grandeur of the fields and the mountains. There are lots of flowers and buds to buy as well as fresh and local produce and products in the area. Free picnics are allowed on their large grounds and the entry fee is cheap.
Fort Ebey Island Overlook (Coupeville)
This is one of the coolest overlooks on the island. It is a killer place to watch the sunset or sunrise and has amazing trails for hiking, running and a huge beautiful forested campground area. There is the bluff trail that starts down at the beach and heads up along the cliffside. There is also the top area through the state park that you can drive and visit the bunkers and top picnic area that connects to the bluff trails. This is one of the coolest historical landmarks and parks on the island.
Blue Fox Drive in Movies (Oak Harbor)
This is one of two main retro experiences that allow you to step back in time on the island. This drive-in theater has great double showing deals and is a fun experience on the weekend. They are known for their burgers and huge box fries. We saw Avengers Infinity War on opening night, which was an awesome retro experience while seeing a movie on opening night. The box office opens at 4 pm and there are double shows for one entry price. It also boasts an old school diner, arcade, and go-karts to hang out before the movie. Get there early to get a better spot for your car to park for the evening. More information on their site here.
Age 11 and Over: $6.50 Cash
Children $1.00 Cash
Ages 5-10: $1.50 Card
Children Under 5: Free
Mukilteo Coffee Roasters
This is hands down the coolest coffee shop on the island. It is on southern Whidbey but is worth a day trip if you are staying on North Whidbey. The coffee shop is outside Freeland in the woods surrounded by nature and nothing else. The coffee shop is a roastery renown for their quality coffee and homemade baked goods. Their bear claw was fluffy with light almond paste, and it basically changed my life. They have a huge wooden cabin styled room with lots of windows, light, and view of the forest, making you feel like you are in a cozy cabin in the woods. The space is gorgeous, and it is a hidden gem of the island known mostly by the locals.
Coupeville is my favorite town on the island. The town has a charming main street with colorful shops, perched right on Penn Cove, which is world famous for Penn Cove mussels. Coupeville is a part of the Ebey’s Landing historical reserve that includes lots of farmland and businesses as well as beachfront that is a historic area.
Things to do in Coupville
Knead & Feed is a beautiful local bakery with huge cinnamon rolls overlooking the waterfront on the main street of downtown old historic Coupeville. The wharf is a fun long boardwalk out onto the water to a big red Coupeville barn-like building with Salty Mug coffee at the end of the pier. Lavender Wind Farm has a store downtown that sells all their amazing lavender products. Their chapstick is my favorite. Christopher’s is a famous restaurant with Penn Cove mussels that is a nice restaurant downtown. Toby’s Tavern is an eccentric local hot spot for a drink overlooking the water and is known for its burgers. There are several cute boutiques to shop in on main street, one being Touch of Dutch, which is a cute dutch filled store with food, candy, clogs and all kinds of other accessories.
Go to the Beach
There are beaches all over the island with lots of different viewpoints, including both rock and sand beaches. Many of them have beautiful trails, hiking, and viewpoints. To find the best beaches, check out our post on the best beaches on Whidbey island below.
Lavender Wind Farm
Lavender Wind Farm is the cutest lavender farm on a hill in Coupeville overlooking the sound. The farm is idyllically located providing sweeping views of the San Juan De and the Olympic mountains. It’s one of the historical farms attached to Ebey’s landing. The farm sits on 7 acres and grows 17 different types of Lavender. It blooms during the Summer (June-July). So while the farm is beautiful year round, it is best to visit in June and July.
On the farm, they have a small store selling their amazing lavender products, and you can walk into their drying rooms to see the hanging bunches of Lavender. This is one of our favorite spots on the island. We particularly love the Lavender chapstick, but all of their products are quality. They have another store in Coupeville downtown where you can get their products, but it is worth visiting the farm. Their hours are 10am-5pm daily. Their website, products and lavender watch for budding here!
This is one of the best coffee shops in this area. They don’t have a location on the island, but there is one about a 40-minute drive inland in Burlington. The wood, edison bulbs, fireplace, and leather aesthetic is really cool. They also sell beanies, hats, cool mugs and all kinds of other PNW apparel that is quality.
Go Roller Skating at the Roller Barn
This is such a cool throwback experience to do while you are on the island in Oak Harbor. The Roller Barn is an old school skate rink with music and a disco ball. You will feel transported to the 70’s. You can rent old-school skates by the hour. Every Friday night 6-8pm there is an open public skate. Saturday open family skate time is 10am-12pm. The general entry fee is $3 and a $2 skating fee. Their site with more information is here.
Anacortes Day trip
Anacortes is on Fidalgo island which is only about a 20 minute drive from Whidbey island. This is a great half day trip to walk around the cute old fashioned downtown. The main street is called Commercial Ave and is where all the great cute boutique shops, book stores, and coffee shops are locaed. Alley cat Vintage Decor, Watermark Book Co, and Pelican Bay Books & Coffeehouse are a couple highlights. Calico Cupboard on this street is a great place for lunch and Cap Sante Park is an overlook at a park that above Fidalgo Bay and Anacortes Harbor.
Day trip to La Conner
La Conner is a great full day trip because it is a little farther out from Whidbey Island. It takes about 45 minutes to get to this cute harbor town with charming, brick architecture. It is known for hosting the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival annually in WA giving it a claim to fame.
There are so many cute shops, restaurants, coffee spots, and bars in this downtown. La Conner has Calico Cupboard, which is a delicious restaurant and Seeds Market a dinner spot with great food and fancy cocktails bar. My favorite store in the downtown is, Handmade La Conner, a shop as well as a kitchen lab space which makes all their skincare, cleaning, and body products. Only natural ingredients and essential oils are used. I love their lip balms, salves, room sprays, and makeup remover products. They have all kinds of other cute mugs and home decor items as well.
Nasty Jack’s Antiques is a fun spot to browse and then grab an ice cream outside at the old school La Conner Ice Cream Tower. There are vintage signs and this is right across the street from a cool outdoor gear store called Step Outside. There is a lavender shop for the lavender farm on San Juan Island called Pelindaba Lavender, and a cool ethnic travel store with things from all over the world, Africa Mama. La Conner Brewing Co is right next door and a great spot for a drink as a shopping break in the small downtown. Otter Bay Espresso is a super cute bay themed coffee spot with quality coffee.
Downtown Langley is the cutest tiny town on the south of Whidbey Island. This is a great day trip. As you drive in, be sure to stop at the elementary school because there are tons of wild bunnies running around! You will see at least 4, and they run in groups around the grass front yard. This is such a funny characteristic of the town.
As you come into town, you will see Langley Motel, which is a cool spot to stay as a retro updated version of an old school motel that is vintage. Useless Bay Coffee Company is one of our favorite coffee spots and cafes in the town. There is a really great outdoor courtyard to hang out in the warmer seasons and is right next door to the old school fire station of the town that is now a glassblowing shop where you can observe the artist in his trade called Firehouse Glass Gallery. Village Pizzeria is a delicious spot for lunch with huge windows overlooking the water. The Star Store is across the street and one of my favorite boutiques in the town. They have really high-quality clothing and shoes at reasonable prices as well as home decor.
There is an old school theater called Clyde’s Theater that is a fun spot, as well as Moonraker bookstore. Right next to the bookstore is a gorgeous flower shop that sells home decor as well and there are lots of gorgeous flowers there. Double Bluff Brewing company sits a street back from the main street.
San Juan Islands Day Trip
Whidbey Island is a gateway city to the nearby San Juan Islands. San Juan Island is about a 1.5 hour ferry ride from Anacortes to Friday Harbor. The island is small and beautiful packed with lots of outdoor adventure activities.
Poulsbo Day trip
Take the ferry from Coupeville to Port Townsend and then drive an hour to reach the town nicknamed little Norway, Poulsbo, WA. This Nordic heritage town is an adorable charming village with lots of bakeries, shops, book stores, coffee shops, and bars to peruse as well as the harbor and marina on Liberty Bay with views of the Olympic Mountains.
Port Townsend Day Trip
Port Townsend is a small artist hippy community on the Olympic Peninsula just a 30-minute ferry ride from Coupeville WA on Whidbey. There are lots of cute boutiques and great shopping as well as several quality coffee shops for some coffee hopping. There are two historic lighthouses and a beautiful state park with hiking and beach on the rugged coast.