Experience Anacortes – 60 Different Ways

Experience Anacortes and Fidalgo Island – 60+ activities to choose from while vacationing in Anacortes

1. Receive a warm welcome at the Visitor Information Center, at the corner of 9th and Commercial.

2. “Gear down” to island time (i.e. “relax”).

3. Take a walk around historic downtown (ask for Walking Tour brochure).

4. Step back in time at the historic (1913) Marine Supply and Hardware store, 2nd and Commercial.

5. Visit the Anacortes Museum at 8th and M Avenue and learn about the history of Anacortes.

Learn the History of Anacortes

6. Discover the 100+ colorful historical murals located throughout town (ask for tour. map).

7. Tour the historic W.T. Preston snag boat Steam wheeler and the adjacent Snag boat Heritage Center, at 7th and R Avenue.

8. Also at 7th and R Avenue, visit the Great Northern Depot railway terminal of 1911, a National Historic Site. It houses a cultural arts center and meeting hall. On Saturdays, mid-May to Oct, the farmers market is held there (9 am to 2 pm).

9. Visit the Anacortes Public Library (free internet) and Shugarts Playground, 10th and N Avenue.

10. See Causland Memorial Park at 8th and N Avenue – listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

11. Browse our many bookstores, gift shops and antique stores.

12. Figure out what the nautical flags on the corner of 9th and Commercial Avenue (at the visitor center) say.

13. Visit the many art galleries in town.

14. Treat yourself to a special meal at one of our outstanding local establishments (menus on display at the visitor center).

15. Bowl a strike at San Juan Lanes, 29th and Commercial.

16. Stop at the Senior Center and participate in an activity.

Causland Memorial Park in Anacortes

Causland Memorial Park in Anacortes

17. Take your children to Storvik Park on 32nd Street: playground, sports and picnic area.

18. Take your dog to the Ace of Hearts Rotary Dog Park, at H Avenue and 35th Street.

19. Drive the scenic route around Anacortes and Fidalgo Island.

20. Attend church; most denominations are nearby.

21. Stroll the docks at Cap Sante Marina and hike the trail around the marina to Rotary Park (picnic area, good view of boat traffic). See the modern sculpture of Annie Curtis in front of dock “D”.

22. Drive, bike or walk the scenic Loop Road at Washington Park, or hike the parks’ trails (map available).

23. Take a whale watching trip by boat or plane.

24. Take a day trip by ferry to one of the San Juan Islands.

25. See Dakota Creek Shipyards, at north end of Commercial Ave.

26. Explore the pocket beach and rain gardens on Railroad Avenue (north end of O Avenue); watch gulls fly and ships go by from the observation platform or from the Lonely Pine picnic area across the street.

27. Attend a play at our Anacortes Community Theater, or take in a movie at Anacortes Cinemas.

28. Enjoy live music most Friday and Saturday nights at various downtown bars and restaurants.

29. Have a delicious cup of coffee at one of our many coffee shops and stands.

30. Drive to Cap Sante Park lookout for great views of Anacortes, March Point and Mount Baker.

31. Take a short ferry trip to Guemes Island. Ride your bike, or just take a walk along the shore.

McCracken Bronze Bird Family at Anacortes Post Office

McCracken Bronze Birds at Anacortes Post Office

32. Admire the soaring eagle sculpture at the Kiwanis Waterfront Park (alongside the Guemes Ferry terminal).

33. See the bronze bird family in front of the Anacortes Post Office.

34. Stop at Overlook Park on Oakes Ave, halfway between downtown Anacortes and the WA State Ferry Terminal. See the channel traffic, ferries, and perhaps eagles.

35. See the Seafarers‘ Memorial and Our Lady of the-Sea statue (turn onto Seafarer’s Way at 14th and O Avenue).

36. See Fidalgo Bay from Alice Parchman Newland Park and watch the skaters at its skateboard park, along R Ave, near 22nd Street.

37. Go fishing on one of the many lakes on the island.

38. Go skin diving, snorkeling, scuba diving or kayaking.

39. Charter a boat to go fishing or just to go sightseeing around the islands.

40. Try water skiing or jet skiing on Campbell Lake.

41. Hike or bike the Tommy Thompson trail.

42. Buy a trail map of the Anacortes Community Forest Lands ($10) and hike forest- and mountain trails at Cranberry Lake, Heart Lake, Whistle Lake, Mount Erie and Sugarloaf Mountain.

43. Hike the 3/4 mile trail in Sharpe Park (off Rosario Rd) up to a magnificent water and islands view (picnic area at starting point).

44. Drive to the top of Mount Erie on a sunny day to see great views in all directions.

45. Go beach-combing at Sunset Beach in Washington Park, or at Rosario Beach or Bowman’s Bay in Deception Pass State Park.

46. At Rosario Beach, admire the Maiden of Deception Pass (carved story pole) and the bronze statue of a CCC worker; at Bowman’s Bay see the small CCC museum.

47. Go for a car or bicycle ride around March Point; watch for eagles and herons.

48. Watch a spectacular sunset from Washington Park, Mount Erie, or Deception Pass Bridge.

49. Play a round of golf, or play tennis at one of our public courts (at school locations) or softball at Alton Daniels field (14th and H Avenue).

50. In Deception Pass State Park, Whidbey Island side, explore West Beach; in summer, go swimming here in Cranberry Lake, alongside the beach.

Explore Pass Island - Deception Pass Bridge

Explore Pass Island – Deception Pass Bridge

51. Hike to the top of Goose Rock for fabulous views in all directions (trail starts across the road from the Deception Pass bridge parking lot).

52. Walk both sides of the Deception Pass Bridge for magnificent views; explore tiny Pass Island.

53. Drive further down Whidbey Island and visit quaint Coupeville and Fort Casey State Park.

54. Also near Coupeville, visit Ebey’s Landing Historical Reserve, the nation’s first preserved national cultural landscape. Hike the bluff trail and other trails in the reserve.

55. Try your luck at a local or regional casino.

56. Take a sightseeing ride in a small plane from Anacortes Airport.

57. Tour the Skagit Valley tulip fields in April and do the quilt walk in Anacortes.

58. Drive to quaint La Conner; walk the riverfront, visit the museums.

59. Tour Padilla Bay Interpretive Center, 10441 Bayview Edison Road (Wed.-Sunday 10am -5 pm); walk or bike the shore trail.

60. Explore the scenic Chuckanut Drive between Bow and Fairhaven.

61. Relax and rejuvenate at the award winning Apothecary Spa.

62. Barhop in lively downtown Anacortes.

63. Go crabbing or fishing.

64. Rock climb at Mount Erie – indulge your adventurous side.

65. Explore the nine-hole disc golf course ( a challenging short par-3 course with many obstacles) at Rotary Park, located at 701 T Ave near Cap Sante Marina. For a course map click here (if you click on the baskets it will show you a picture of the hole.)

66. Have a swim or workout at the Fidalgo Pool and Fitness Center. Pool equipment includes a water slide, 1 meter diving board, Ollie the inflatable Octopus, life-jackets and inner tubes. Water fitness classes, lap swimming, the Thunderbird Aquatic Club, open swim and pool rentals are offered throughout the week.

67. Breathe deep with a yoga class at Studio 1010, on 6th Street. Choose from hot yoga, children’s yoga, and more!

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