The boys and I went to Fort Casey State Park, in central Whidbey Island for a few hours for the sunshine and easy walking. We got there early to avoid crowds and had easy parking. Most of the crowd runs to the fort immediately, but if one just walks a bit farther, the area can be quite blissfully empty of humans. And you get better views even.
Park is leashed dog friendly.
Requires a Wa State Discover Pass, you can pay in person at a machine in the main lot. This park is heavily patrolled, so I highly encourage you have a pass. However, it is also a relatively safe park to park at because of this.
Lots of picnic tables, kite friendly area and lots of room to social distance.
Bonus: Go down to the beach. It very lonely there.
Looking back at Ebey’s Landing, the slopes of West Beach, and the Admiralty Lighthouse.
Looking across the the Olympic Mountains.
These bluff side areas are visible when one is on the ferry. The bluff is abrupt so keep an eye on the kids and dogs here.
Walker high up.
Alistaire loves being up there.
Me? Not so much. I loved it as a kid but as an adult I don’t like the narrow cement stairs, drop offs and sketchy gang planks. But for kids and teens, it is climbing paradise.
Wherever there are stairs, climb them. The views only get better!
The ferry leaving to Port Townsend from the Coupeville dock nearby.
Checking out the mini guns.