What to do and see in Oak Harbor, United States: The Best Places and Tips

August 29, 2017 Enriqueta Cusson

Oak Harbor is a city located on Whidbey Island in Island County, Washington. The population was 22,075 at the 2010 census. Oak Harbor was incorporated on May 14, 1915.
Restaurants in Oak Harbor

1. Deception Pass State Park

5175 N State Hwy 20, Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island, WA 98277 +1 360-675-2417
Excellent
77%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Deception Pass State Park

This isn't a lie: with over 30 miles of hiking trails, this park is one of the premier hiking destinations in the country.

Reviewed By Yorkiemom19 - Manassas, Virginia

We parked and walked onto the bridge as far as my fear of heights would allow. The others with me walked to the other side and I picked them up. The views are incredible. The history behind it is very interesting. Check it out before visiting. Lots of cars and people during the summer.

2. PBY-Naval Air Museum

270 SE Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island, WA 98277-5714 +1 360-240-9500
Excellent
64%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 107 reviews

PBY-Naval Air Museum

The PBY-Naval Air Museum presents the history of the WWII era PBY aircraft and all Naval aircraft based at NAS Whidbey Island through the present. Exhibits include an actual PBY-5A aircraft, many interactive exhibits including flight simulators that are favorites of kids, young and old.

Reviewed By enjoylife2040 - College Station, Texas

I stumbled onto this interesting museum, that features artifacts and stories from our aeronautical naval history - past and present. Fascinating - well worth a visit - and they have some excellent authentic ballcaps and tees in the entry area, at great prices...

3. Joseph Whidbey State Park

Crosby Rd, Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island, WA 98277 +1 360-902-8844
Excellent
58%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 43 reviews

Joseph Whidbey State Park

Reviewed By dawnzascorp - Oak Harbor, Washington

We love watching sunsets at Joseph Whidbey State Park. The views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the San Juans, the Olympic Mountains, and even Victoria are perfection. There’s great beachcombing adventure to be had as well. One of Whidbey Island’s jewels.

4. Dugualla Bay Farms

36699 Washington 20, Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island, WA 98277 +1 360-679-2192
Excellent
53%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 40 reviews

Dugualla Bay Farms

Reviewed By serenasun32 - Oak Harbor, Washington

This business closed @ the end of last season due to the owner not allowing them to rent again. Owners inherited property from mother, one said yes & one said no, so business had to close!

5. Windjammer Park

1600 S. Beeksma Drive, Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island, WA
Excellent
34%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
2%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 44 reviews

Windjammer Park

Reviewed By RavenPunk - Oak Harbor, Washington

First we'll start with the good. I love that this park is on the beach. It's always such a beautiful setting. Between all the flowers, the windmill and everything else but this park has to offer many playgrounds and sites to see you can spend many hours here and find something to do. During the summer they even have a swimming pool with a slide and lifeguard. Sadly they did take out the little splash park that they had. I don't know if they will replace it with something else for young children on hot days. A Pokemon hot spot. A rock collector's Paradise as well as seashells. And many painted rocks can be found through the park for a treasure hunt that the locals placed there for people to find keep or re hide for others to find. Kind of a cool thing. Great photo opportunities throughout the park. Many trails. And you can oftentimes see wildlife including Eagles.

Now I suppose the darker side. There always seems to be some sort of construction close to the area which seems to pull in some of the city's scenery and sometimes the relaxation.
Oftentimes there are homeless people there which wouldn't be bad, but some obviously have drug issues problems, anger issues, sometimes mental health issues, and sometimes can be somewhat hostile. It seems to be getting a little worse every few months. Cops tend to patrol the area. Not that bad things can't happen during the day, but I definitely would not going to be there after dark not that you're supposed to be. Due to drug use many times people have found their needles discarded into the low tides which were probably put there during high tide. That this has been brought to the city's attention but it continues to happen sadly. Honestly I don't know what could be done to stop it. Oftentimes the bathrooms are very dirty and leave a sense that you're not very safe to go in there. It's a park better to go in as a group. Whether it's a family or friends I would just recommend teaming up. I'm not saying it's always dangerous and always homeless and drug issues, it is definitely worth visiting. Just be sure to be aware of your surroundings like you should with any public place. There are several playgrounds throughout the park for kids of all ages.

6. Flintstone Park

SE Bayshore Drive, Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island, WA 98277 +1 360-279-4500
Excellent
19%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
49%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 41 reviews

Flintstone Park

Reviewed By Skwiki - Vancouver

This could quite possibly be my final review and what a wonderful little park to end with.
Seeing this recommended after a visit to Deception Pass , I was intrigued and curious. Growing up watching the Flintstones , it was awesome to see this recreation of their car. What really blew me away was the incredible view of the mountains! I was so confused as to what direction we were looking , but it had to be the Cascade range. With the mountains in the background and the water filled with different species of birds, there was so much to look at and appreciate the beauty surrounding us. Also having the jets practicing overhead was fascinating to watch. There is a nice path to walk alongside the shoreline. Restrooms were clean.
We had perfect weather, although a little chilly, and this park was much better and more interesting than I was expecting.

7. Fort Nugent Park

2075 SW Fort Nugent Ave, Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island, WA 98277-7108
Excellent
89%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 9 reviews

Fort Nugent Park

Reviewed By CarpeDiemOURway - Vancouver, Canada

Our family visited Fort Nugent Park for the first time last weekend! it was great fun for the whole family! we started with about 5 or 6 holes of frisbee/disc golf while the kids ran after our frisbees. then we stopped at the playground and let them play! it is one of the best play structures i have ever seen! washrooms were close which was nice for little ones swell! we will definitely be back next time we are in Oak Harbor!

8. Dugualla State Park

Sleeper Road, Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island, WA
Excellent
35%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
7%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 14 reviews

Dugualla State Park

Reviewed By 1Worldwalker - Oak Harbor, Washington

Take a hike in the woods and to the beach in a park little known and less visited. There is now a sign at the beginning that details the trails but after that you are mostly on your own. If you walk down to the beach, it is a steep climb back up but you are likely to have it to yourself.

9. John Vanderzicht Memorial Pool

85 SE Jerome St, Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island, WA 98277-3770 +1 360-675-7665
Excellent
0%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
33%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3 based on 3 reviews

John Vanderzicht Memorial Pool

Reviewed By SuTune - Astoria, OR

We were in the area for a week, so I was happy to find an aquatic center for something for my son to do. This is your basic pool, nothing fancy, even though one review I read on another site said it had a slide. It does not. It's just a typical rectangular lap pool, and nearby is another rectangular pool, smaller and shallow for younger kids. There is also a large hot tub area, and a sauna room for adults. I found their schedule way too restrictive, compared to our own town's aquatic center which offers "open swim" all day. Their current "open swim" was only available from 1:15-2:45, and then I think also a couple hours in the evening. There is a diving board, but to my son's disappointment, you can't use it wearing goggles and his eyes are sensitive to chlorine. Plus, he said it was the coldest pool he ever was in. Unfortunately, he didn't have a very fun time. Too many restrictions = not many customers not willing to pay. Our town (Astoria, OR)'s pool used to be like this and was losing money until they hired a consultant to change their attitude and to be more friendly and accommodating - and it's worked! Our pool is so much nicer than this one, if anyone is reading this, give it a try if you come to Astoria! :)

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