If your family enjoys outdoor recreation, and your children love to run and play in a safe and great-for-exploring environment, Washington Park is a jewel of a park to explore. Located just past the San Juan ferry dock on the western edge of Anacortes, this 220-acre city park features camping, a boat launch, and day use picnic sites.
We recommend you start day by purchasing a picnic lunch in La Conner – many of our restaurants and our local grocery store offer take-out service. Be sure to take your camera as well! If lunch isn’t necessary, pack snacks and water/juice as you’ll want to spend quite a bit of time at the park – children, especially, can spend hours exploring in the woods.
You can park and walk the 2.2 mile scenic loop, or you can drive – the road winds through the park’s forested hills and meadows and offers plenty of photo opportunities with views of the San Juan Islands and Olympic Mountains. The one lane road is shared by vehicles and pedestrians and there are many pull outs along the way so that you may explore a number of beaches in the area. (Motorhomes are not allowed.)
Add to your adventure …
- Can you find a Madrone tree; it has a rich orange-red bark that peels away on the mature wood?
- Can you identify the San Juan Islands that you can see from different outlooks?
- What mountain range do you see?
- Can you spot any seals or orcas swimming out in the open water?
- Can you see any boats? How many do you see?
From I-5 take Highway 20 west. Enter Anacortes on Spur 20 and take Commercial Avenue to 12th Street. Turn left on 12th and follow the signs (approximately 3 miles) to Washington Park; 6300 Sunset Avenue.
The park is open year round from 6am to 10pm. The loop road is open from 6am to dusk for pedestrians and open from 10am to dusk for vehicular traffic.