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Bellingham: Your Last-Minute Summer Escape for Seattle-Area Families

Just 90 minutes from Seattle, this outdoorsy town features fun parks, trails, ice cream and more

Published on: August 10, 2023

This boardwalk in Bellingham, Washington, connects the Fairhaven neighborhood and Boulevard Park on the city's south side. Bellingham is a great day-trip or overnight getaway destination for Seattle-area families
Popular Taylor Dock boardwalk connects the Fairhaven neighborhood with Boulevard Park.

Family escape to Bellingham

As summer nears its end, my family is itching for more adventures — but for an easy day trip, not an epic road trip.

One nearby solution is Bellingham, a small city boasting lots of things to do, including a fabulous array of parks to explore and other attractions for adventurous Northwest families.

Bellingham’s natural areas feel refreshingly wild, while the city — encompassing both downtown and the historic Fairhaven neighborhood — offers a dynamic small-town vibe with plenty to see and do. The relatively short 90-minute drive from Seattle means it’s far enough away to feel like an escape, but close enough to use less than a tank of gas.

Check out these top things to do in Bellingham!

First stop: Larrabee State Park

More day trips and overnight getaways for Seattle-area families:

Editor's note: This article was originally published several years ago and updated most recently for 2024.

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