About the Area
Explore Local Arts
- Whidbey Playhouse
Oak Harbor's community theater performs comedies, dramas and musicals with flair.
- Whidbey Island Center for the Arts
South of Oak Harbor, the island's Center for the Arts is well worth a visit, with concerts, theater, arts, and annual musical festivals.
- Whidbey Art Gallery
A superb local artist's cooperative that has a wide range of decorative and wearable art, including weaving, ceramics, sculptures, and beautiful paintings of Whidbey wilderness areas.
- Whidbey and Camano Islands Visitor's Guide to Art Galleries
Explore Local Shopping
Whidbey is small enough to explore with ease and each community has its own character. Oak Harbor is a mix of old and new, with convenient chain and discount stores along Highway 20, and unique specialty, antique and boutique stores in the beautiful historic downtown.
- Whidbey Island Visitor's Guide Shopping
- Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce Shopping Guide
- Lavender Wind Farm
- South Whidbey Tilth (Farmers Market Cooperative)
Explore Local Dining
Oak Harbor has a range of dining options, from fine seafood restaurants to quick and easy takeaways, and other Whidbey communities offer additional options just a short drive away.
- Whidbey and Camano Islands Visitor's Guide to Local Dining
- Whidbey Island Visitor's Guide Local Restaurant List
- Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce Dining Guide
- Bay Leaf Deli
Explore Local Parks
There are six State Parks on Whidbey Island. The first three on this list are close to Oak Harbor:
- Deception Pass State Park
- Joseph Whidbey State Park
- Fort Ebey State Park
- Fort Casey State Park
- Keystone State Park
- South Whidbey State Park
Visitor's Guides for Whidbey Island:
Visitor's Guides for Oak Harbor:
Other wilderness and park areas include:
- Oak Harbor Parks
In Oak Harbor there are over 25 City parks, the most significant being Windjammer State park with 28 acres on the Harbor front. It features a sandy beach, wading pools for the kids, and a full scale replica of a windmill.
- North Whidbey Parks and Recreation
The John Vanderzicht Memorial Swimming Pool is operated by the North Whidbey Park and Recreation District. Some of the pool's features include a ball swing, 1meter diving board, blow up octopus (named Oakie), hot tub, dry sauna, weight room, and party room. The pool is 6 lanes, 25 meters, and typically kept at about 82° F.
- Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens
A popular spot for weddings, Meerkerk is home to 10 acres of beautiful display gardens surrounded by 43 acres of woodland preserve with lovely nature trails.
- Earth Sanctuary
A nature reserve, meditative sanctuary and sculpture garden.
- Hummingbird Farm Nursery and Gardens
The gardens specialise in rare perennials, exotic herbs and fragrant roses. Their display gardens bloom spring through fall and are well worth a visit.
- Whidbey Island Visitor's Guide to Recreation Spots
- Deception Pass Tours
Tour this beautiful National Landmark by jet-boat and get up close to wildlife while learning about the history of the region.
- Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce Recreation Guide
Oak Harbor has many parks, several scenic trails, and three attractive golf courses with wooded trails and shore paths.
- Boating in Oak Harbor
Boating is a favourite pursuit for islanders and visitors alike. There are two marinas for visitors who come by boat, and kayak and boating tours for those who would like to give it a try.
- Oak Harbor Yacht Club
The Oak Harbor Yacht club holds regattas and races throughout the year and hosts the Whidbey Island Race Week each summer; visitors are welcome to the regular social events.
- Whidbey Island Dive Center
The Keystone State Park has a wondrous underwater component, visited by thousands every year. The dive center offers Scuba instruction and equipment rental, sales and repair.
- Whidbey and Camano Islands Visitor's Guide to Whidbey Wineries
- Blue Fox Drive In
A great old-timey facility.
- Oak Bowl
Bowling in Oak Harbor.