Top Things to See on Whidbey Island, the Perfect Day Trip from Seattle

Whidbey Island is a fun and scenic day trip from Seattle, Washington. This quiet island is about 60 miles long and 10 miles wide at its widest point. To help you with a streamlined itinerary, I’ve compiled a list of top things you must see and do on Whidbey Island. Whidbey is about an hour drive from downtown Seattle to the ferry terminal in Mukilteo.

A Day On Whidbey Island

Catch the early ferry from Mukilteo to Clinton – it only takes 20 minutes. I’d recommend you bring your car on the ferry since you are going to want to take a drive all around Whidby Island. We arrived on the south of the island and drove counter-clockwise around after we disembarked the ferry. We were able to see the attractions on the island in one day (if you take an early ferry).

Traveling to Whidbey Island for a day trip. Catch the early ferry from Mukilteo / Seattle to Clinton and pretend you're Leonardo di Cabrio in Titanic.

Taking the Ferry to Whidbey Island from Seattle

The ferry between Mukilteo in Seattle and Clinton on Whidbey Island runs from 5:30 a.m. until after midnight, every half hour. The ferry takes about 15 minutes and for most of the day, two boats sail the route.

Catch the early ferry from Mukilteo to Clinton - it only takes 20 mins!

You can buy tickets at the tollbooth, and the ferry costs around $15-20 for a car and driver, and $6 for adult passengers. You can find the ferry schedule here.

Important Tip: The ferry line can back up quickly, so be sure to account for that in your travel plans going to and from Whidbey Island. 

View from the ferry - Whidbey Island - a perfect day trip

Note: you’ll need a Washington Discover Pass to visit the state parks on Whidbey Island, so be prepared and purchase a one-day pass here.

Top Things to see and do on Whidbey Island

Stop at Whidbey Pies in Langley

Once you get off the ferry in Clinton, head to Whidbey Pie Shop in Langley.

whidbey pie shop on Whidbey Island

Whidbey Pies are known for their delicious handcrafted pies made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Whidbey Pie Shop stands out for its commitment to quality and tradition, and it’s clear when you try one.

sample whidbey pies on whidbey Island

Each pie is hand-made from scratch, with flavors that highlight the best of the Pacific Northwest.

things to do on whidbey island

From the tangy sweetness of their famous Strawberry Rhubarb pie to the classic apple pie, each pie is delicious. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to meet Joe, who will share lots of stories from this family-owned business with decades of history on the island. It’s the perfect start to your island adventure!

Langley is a gorgeous town on the coast and it’s lovely to spend time walking on the beach.

langley beach town in seattle

Greenbank Farm

You can’t miss Greenbank Farm as you drive north on Whidbey Island. Look for the big red barn right off the main road.

visit Greenbank Farm on Whidbey Island

This place started as a Loganberry farm back in 1904 and has become a charming spot with organic gardens, walking trails, and specialty shops. Grab lunch at the Old Spots Bistro and check out the cheese and wine shops. It’s a perfect stop for a relaxing and tasty break and you can sample the local goods.

GreenBank Farm has a wine, cheese shop and art gallery

Stop for Lunch in Coupeville

Keep driving north and you’ll run into the ctown of Coupeville, one of Washington’s oldest towns. It has a Victorian New England vibe. Very charming!

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Park the car and take a break to walk along the charming and historic waterfront to explore the boutiques, art galleries, and quaint cafes.

Coupeville on Whitbey Island is a historic town

Don’t miss the chance to enjoy some famous Penn Cove mussels at one of the waterfront restaurants and check out the stunning views of Penn Cove and the local mountains.

Deception Pass State Park

Keep heading north to the tip of the island to see the famous Deception Pass Bridge. The distance from Coupeville to Deception Pass is about 22 miles, which takes about 30-35 minutes to drive. The scenic route gives you beautiful views of Whidbey Island’s picturesque landscapes.

Deception Pass State Park Whidbey Island

Plan to spend 1-2 hours here to fully enjoy the natural beauty and definitely walk across the famous Deception Pass Bridge for stunning views of the San Juan Island. This state park has scenic hiking trails, picnic spots, and lake and saltwater beaches.

Deception Pass State Park - Seattle

It’s a great place to stretch your legs and take in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Deception Pass is one of six state parks on the island and you’ll need a Washington state Discover Pass to visit them with a car. You can purchase a one-day pass online or when you enter the park. There are campgrounds and a ton trails and beaches. You could easily spend a full weekend here!

Ebey’s Landing

Drive south from Deception Pass to Ebey’s Landing. It should take about 35 minutes and enjoy the stunning coastal views on the way. Walk out to the reserve to see views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Hike out to the bluff and be sure to take a lot of photos – the bluffs provide a stunning backdrop.

Fort Casey on Whidbey Island

Admiralty Head Lighthouse & Fort Casey

The drive from Ebey’s Landing to Admiralty Head Lighthouse & Fort Casey takes about 10 minutes. Here you’ll get to see the beautiful historic lighthouse and explore old military bunkers. Not to mention the views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains are incredible.

island nosh has the best noodles on whidbey island

Island Nosh for Dinner

After an amazing day on Whidbey Island, we headed to Island Nosh on the South end of Whidbey. If you’re looking for a delicious meal before catching the ferry back to Seattle, this is the perfect spot.

Conveniently located near the Clinton ferry terminal, Island Nosh offers fresh, local, and DELICIOUS dinners that are perfect after a day on the island.

Pad Thai at Island Nosh and Crab Mac 'n' Cheese

Island Nosh is a favorite among locals for its fresh, affordable, and interesting dishes made from scratch. The menu is filled with noodle dishes from around the world. From Italian to Thai to Japanese, we had a hard time choosing.

This restaurant also carries some of the best beers from the Pacific Northwest. With the laid-back atmosphere, great food, and family-friendly environment, it’s no wonder Island Nosh has been a hit for over 8 years.

stop for lunch at Island Nosh on Whidbey Island

Our favorites were the Pad Thai and the Dungeness Crab Mac ‘n’ Cheese. Their Thai Yellow Curry, made with house-made curry pastes, was delicious and surprisingly light, with just enough kick. We also loved dining on their outdoor patio. For a great meal on the South end of Whidbey, Island Nosh is the place to go!

yellow curry and noodles in Seattle

Why Visit Whidbey Island?

Whidbey Island is beautiful to visit any time. It’s protected by the Olympic Mountains, and gets less rain than other parts of Washington, making it perfect for outdoor adventures year-round. Plus, with so many interesting spots to visit, there’s something new each time you go. We loved our visit to Whidbey Island. It’s truly a special place. Whether you’re hiking, tasting local treats, or just soaking in the scenery, it’s a fun day trip. I hope this list of the top things to see on Whidbey Island helps you plan your visit.

langley beach in Seattle

If you’re looking for other getaways from Seattle, you may enjoy Eugene, Oregon. You can read my article here:

The Lanzarotta Bed & Breakfast: Luxury Meets Nature in Oregon!

*** this article was sponsored but all opinions are my own ***

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Samantha

I’m a travel and health writer, digital brand consultant, breast cancer survivor, and supermom to two boys! I keep it real and share stories of raising an active family, life after a cancer diagnosis, and family travels around the world! Each story is shared with my dry, and sometimes naughty sense of humor.

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