Enjoy a day trip from Seattle or Vancouver, or for an extended stay during one of our many area festivals or to just Coast In and Hang Out! Our parks and trails are by our beautiful beaches or nestled in lush forests. Either make the perfect location for a picnic to soak in the fresh air and abundant wildlife. If you are on the go have one of our local restaurants pack a to-go picnic box lunch. Picking berries and farm tours are sure to excite both young and young at heart as well.
Hiking trails are plentiful here – as are parks, beaches, and playgrounds. Click here for a detailed map featuring a comprehensive listing of facilities, activities, and parks.
Plan your vacation full of family activities with the help of some of our sample itineraries:
Summer Vacation Itinerary
Low Budget, High Impact Itinerary
Family Weekend Itinerary
Explore the Outdoors Itinerary
Finally, to guarantee you’ll bring home some awesome memories, here are a few of our favorite photo op sites:
Cap Sante Park
Take 4th Street east to a right on Y Avenue. Follow it up hill to Cap Sante’s rocky promontory with expansive views of Mt. Bake, the Cascades, Fidalgo Bay marinas and downtown Anacortes.
From 41st Street, head west on Heart Lake Road. Watch for Ray Auld Drive on your left, which takes you to the highest point on Fidalgo Island (take it slow on the sharp turns). Mt. Erie boasts a 160-acre park with several lookouts that, combined, give you an almost 360-degree view of the Cascade Mountains and waters of the San Juan Islands. Trails in the adjacent forestlands offer more views, old growth forests and critter-filled ponds.
Heading west, 12th Street becomes Oakes Avenue; follow it a couple of miles to its end. This 220-acre gem of a park can be circumnavigated on a 2.2-mile loop road. Whether you drive it slowly (speed limit is 10 mph), ride your bike, or walk, you’ll find multiple payoffs where beaches and overlooks open up to the grandeur of Rosario Strait, Burrows Channel, and the San Juan archipelago. With its playgrounds, picnic and boat launch facilities and dynamite sunsets; Washington Park is just the ticket for an end-of-day picnic and other family activities. Too tired to head home? Simply pitch your tent in the park’s popular campgrounds (reservations at 360-293-1927).