One thing that my kids love about summertime is that we always get the chance to go camping with my parents! Whidbey Island is typically where we end up on the Navy base since my dad is an Air Force Veteran. Now we tend to do things around the base quite a bit and this year we decided to stop off at Fort Casey State Park on our way back home on to the ferry out of Clinton. We had gone a couple years ago but none of the kids remembered stopping there.
The kids were bummed to be heading home from camping so it was the perfect pit stop for us on the way to the ferry. We planned it right to where we left our campground to hit Fort Casey for lunchtime. We loaded up sandwiches and had a nice lunch when we got there. The kids were excited we could actually sit and watch deer while we were eating lunch. (see more about Fort Casey -> here)
So what is there to do at Fort Casey State Park?? Tons!!!
The kids favorite was running around the bunkers and walking on top of them! So many of the rooms have facts that the kids loved to stop and read about when Fort Casey was a functioning military facility! If your family is active they will love how much climbing up and down there is and the walking too.
As the mom, I loved that all around Fort Casey was learning opportunities. The kids took the time to stop to read plaques and even ask grandpa the Air Force veteran questions about everything as well. Michael loved hearing my dad break down how things worked so it was a fun bonding experience for them as well.
The lighthouse is a don’t miss item too!! We were able to climb all the way to the top. The kids loved being able to see how the old lighthouse keepers watched for boats. The gift shop was full and little room was full of even more information. (Another mom win they learned more!)
We had to take a photo at the top as well! Be sure to be careful on their stairs, they can be tricky to maneuver so warn the kids to go slow.
Now you do need a Discovery Pass to visit Fort Casey, but we had bought one the day before at Deception Pass State Park where we were Kayaking. This is really worth the $30 investment, it pays for itself after three park visits.
Be sure to make sure you take your camera!! There is so much to take photos of while the kids are exploring!!
Have you been to Fort Casey State Park?? What Washington State Parks are your favorite??