Tucked away in the Puget Sound, north of Seattle. Whidbey Island is (in my opinion) a heavenly place with a landscape full of lushes green grass, trees and beaches. Oh and there’s a Fort too!
Boarding a ferry from Mukilteo, WA, it was a short ride across the Puget Sound to the Island. As we drove off the ferry onto the island it was green hills as far as the eye could see. Our first destination was south to see Fort Casey and the famous lighthouse.
As we drove towards the Fort we were surrounded by endless forests. Squinting our eyes, tucked away hidden behind the trees we could see beautiful houses. These awe inspiring sights caused my mind to wander towards questions of how lovely it must be to live here.
Arriving at the Fort, we realized there was a second ferry to and from Port Townsend, WA. Personally this gave me a sense of safety knowing there is more ways than one to get off the island if needed. Wanting to stretch our legs, we decided to park along the side of the road and hike up the hill to the main entrance of the Fort.
The hike was a wise decision, as we stopped along the way to play in the old bunkers left behind when the Fort was an active military base. After playing in the bunkers we then headed towards the water where the batteries with 3 inch mounted guns (inactive of course) were on display to explore. Our kids enjoyed climbing about the guns and exploring the batteries.
Finally, after exploring the military side of the Fort, we headed to my favorite spot the beach. Walking along the beach we were able to enjoy all the sights, sounds, and wild life the beach had to offer. Some of these sights and sounds included a tug boat, a ferry and two whale sightings by my husband and I. Unfortunately the kids missed the whales as they were enthralled with getting there feet wet.
After the beach we went to the lighthouse and took a quick tour of the facility. It was the perfect tour for little kids as it was short and sweet with enough information to keep the kids attention. Once the tour was done it was time to head back to the car to finish our scenic drive of the island.
Deciding to drive off the island instead of taking the ferry back we were able to spot various other beach and camping spots along the way. Including Deception Pass which we saw as we drove across the jaw-dropping high bridge. Our drive off took about 40 minutes longer, but was well worth it as we were able to see Whidbey Island, Fidalgo Island, and Skagit County.
As far as family destinations go, I rate Whidbey Island as one of my favorites. If your family enjoys the outdoors, beautiful landscapes and a fascinating history, Whidbey Island and its surrounding areas is a must visit.
Thank you for reading and happy travels!