Tuesday was a chilly, but slightly sunny day (and no rain), so I took the boys to Freeland Park and Beach, on south Whidbey Island. The park is located just outside of the small town, and is walkable from the grocery store, if one is visiting the island. The park itself has many parking spots, for both cars and oversized trucks. It features beach access, shell finding, and as well a public area for shellfish harvesting (when allowed).
The beach is part of Holmes Harbor, a protected area, on the East side of the island. The east side faces the mainland, and isn’t overly choppy water (and not the waves of the west side). It’s great for looking for shells and sea glass.
Barnacles on a stick was Alistaire’s find of the day – which he left behind for the returning high tide.
Looking out to Holmes Harbor and the mainland in the far distance.
Saved for last was the huge playground. The boys had tons of fun running around, trying it all out. They even met some kids to play with. If one was up for the day on the island, this park is a great leg stretcher for children: get out, play, run around. Have a picnic with a view. And no user fees to enjoy it all!
Pro tip? Stop at Payless Foods, the local grocery store just a few blocks away and get a picnic from the deli, and some of their cinnamon rolls from the bakery. You won’t be disappointed!