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Best Things to Do With Kids on Beautiful Whidbey Island

Our insider’s guide to fun family activities: awesome beaches, trails and parks

Published on: August 09, 2023

Adventure awaits in Exploring the town of Coupeville on Washington’s Whidbey Island
Get out and explore the town on of Coupeville on your trip to Washington’s Whidbey Island.

Best things to do on Whidbey Island

Charming Whidbey Island is located just a short drive from Seattle in the Puget Sound, and it makes a wonderful day-trip destination — or longer getaway — with kids. Many Seattle-area families come to the island to camp at Deception Pass State Park and admire the iconic bridge, one of the most photographed in the state. But Deception Pass is just the beginning. 

I was raised on Whidbey and spent my childhood playing in the woods and swimming in Puget Sound. These days I’m lucky to visit several times a year and share island life with my own family. The island’s sandy beaches, native forestland, fascinating state parks, quaint seaside towns and breathtaking views continue to surprise and delight me.

I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite excursions with kids for your family visit to Whidbey Island. Use the arrows above the image or the link below to check them out.

Up first: Play at the beach

Editor’s note: This article was first published in 2021 and updated most recently in 2024.

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