The summers in Bellingham are one of a kind! Tucked in between the mountains and Bellingham Bay, this city has some of the best summers. As we approach warmer months, there is boundless things to do here in our City of Subdued Excitement. Check out a list of our favorite Bellingham summer activities below!
From my hike up Oyster Dome
This 5-mile roundtrip hike features beautiful outlooks and intimate encounters with wildlife. Winding through tall trees and boulders, this hike may feel like a fairytale. At the end of the trail is an outlook point where you see Samish Bay directly below. To the left, you can see the city of Anacortes and the Skagit River Flats. To the right, you can’t miss Orcas Island and Lummi Island. I recommend packing a lunch to enjoy once you get to the top, or maybe even a hammock to rest in. Complete with switchbacks and some rocky terrain, this hike can be challenging, but it’s worth it.
Check out Washington Trails Associations page about Oyster Dome: https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/oyster-dome
Photo from the Community Boating Center
Sailing at the Community Boating Center
Wanting to get out on the water this summer, but just not sure how? Check out the Community Boating Center located in Fairhaven! They offer kayak, paddleboard, and sailboat rentals, ranging from a couple hours to a full day. For the kids, they offer youth classes to keep them busy and outdoors this summer.
Visit their website to find out more: https://www.boatingcenter.org/
Photo from Galbraith Mountain Biking
Mountain Biking on Galbraith Mountain
Been itching to go out and try some new mountain biking trails? We recommend looking at Galbraith Mountain. With a total of 62-miles worth of trails to ride ranging from beginner to advanced, this mountain has something for everyone.
Check out REI’s MTB Project website for more information about Galbraith Mountain: https://www.mtbproject.com/directory/8011601/galbraith-mountain
Photo from the City of Bellingham
Picnic at Boulevard Park
Enjoy the warm summer weather at Boulevard Park! Located right on the beach, this park is a great way to spend a summer day. Hammock in the trees, or lay out a picnic feast in the grass, or spend some time in the water. With a Woods Coffee located nearby, you don’t have to go without your afternoon cup of coffee.
Find out more information on the City of Bellingham’s website: https://www.cob.org/services/recreation/parks-trails/Pages/boulevard-park.aspx
Photo from City of Bellingham
Visit Fairhaven Historic District
Located in south Bellingham, Fairhaven is a cute community that is full of fun shopping, eateries, and activities. From artsy shops, like Village Books, to great happy hour locations, like Galloway’s Cocktail Bar, you’re bound to have a great time.
Check out this website for more information on Fairhaven Historic District: https://www.bellingham.org/communities/fairhaven/
From one of my trips to Whatcom Falls Park
Walk Whatcom Falls Park
Whatcom Falls Park is a great family-friendly walk that takes you through beautiful scenery. Walk around the park, or spend some time at the jungle gym at the main entrance, or enjoy some fishing at the pond! With so many trail options and activities, Whatcom Falls Park is a must-do this summer.
Check out more some more information on the park: https://www.cob.org/services/recreation/parks-trails/pages/whatcom-falls-park.aspx
Car camping can be just as fun at Larrabee!
The Bellingham area has an abundance of great camping spots, making it easy to find a way to get outdoors this summer. Larrabee State Park, located on Chuckanut Drive just south of Bellingham is a great one to visit this summer. If you feel like adventuring out a little further, try Silver Lake Park, located in the Mount Baker foothills.
Find out more about Bellingham and Whatcom County campgrounds: https://www.bellingham.org/lodging/campgrounds-rv-parks/
Photo from the Bellingham Farmer's Market
Farmers Market Every Saturday
One of my personal favorite summer activities, the Bellingham Farmer’s Market! Taking place every Saturday at the Depot Market Square in downtown, this farmer’s market is filled with amazing artwork, foods, and handcrafted items. Going on until mid-December, the Bellingham Farmer’s Market is a great weekend activity for the whole family.
Learn more here: https://www.bellinghamfarmers.org/