6 Best Parks In Bellingham

Tommy Mutchler
Published on May 24, 2017

6 Best Parks In Bellingham



Boulevard Park is a beautiful and popular waterfront park featuring an over the water boardwalk so you can walk or jog while taking in the view of Bellingham Bay or even bring your fishing pole and fish over the side. This park has a central playground and several benches surrounding the kids area making it very kid friendly and even has a stage, making it a popular site for outdoor concerts. There is also a Woods Coffee next to the playground so you can grab a coffee while you stroll the park. Other amenities include Barbecue Grills, picnic tables and bathrooms.



Larrabee State Park is a 2,683-acre camping park with 8,100 feet of saltwater shoreline on Samish Bay in Bellingham. It is the oldest state park in Washington State, established in 1915. The park features miles and miles of multi-use trails, two freshwater lakes, a picnic/park area with a playground, coves, tide pools and more. This is a great park for hiking and exploring nature for fun and educational purposes. Many go to this park for crabbing, clamming, freshwater and saltwater fishing, diving and boating, taking advantage of Larrabee Parks boat ramp. There are several sheltered picnic areas available to rent for large events as well as several un-sheltered picnic areas if you just want a family picnic for an afternoon.



Cornwall Park is a large and gorgeous northwest park through and through, populated mainly by large firs, hemlocks and cedars. There are tennis courts, jogging and fitness trails, bike routes and park benches, a large childrens playground and public bathrooms. There are also several horseshoe pits lining the center of the park and The Jackson Fitness Trail, designed with a number of different stations along the route for various exercises.

At both edges of the park and tucked away inside, stretches of green grass are great areas for volleyball and baseball. The newer part of the park now offers a wading pool and covered picnic area. It also features a large frisbee golf course as well as tennis courts. Here you will also find a bridge and an area to walk along Squalicum Creek where it flows through the park.



Fairhaven Park is a beautiful community area in Fairhaven, the historic district of Bellingham. Fairhaven Park is perfect for families, complete with barbecue grills, multipurpose fields, a basketball court, tennis courts, trails, picnic spots, and a playground. This park has a lot of green space for endless activities and even has a fresh water spray park. The best part is that it is within walking distance to downtown Fairhaven where you can find many unique restaurants and local shops, plus in May they host the Fairhaven Festival at the end of the Ski To Sea Race.



Lake Padden Park is a large child friendly park located right on Lake Padden. This park features a large playground for the kids plus several picnic shelters and picnic tables. You can swim or fish in Lake Padden, picnic with your family and play frisbee or volleyball in the large open grassy field. There is also a completely fenced off-leash dog park complete with a separate area for smaller dogs and doggy water fountain. Other features include barbeque grills, a fishing dock, boat launch, outdoor basketball court, golf course, softball fields and public restrooms. Lake Padden is also site to several large activities and festivals, such as the Dog Days of Summer Festival and Jr. Ski to Sea event.



Whatcom Falls Park is a 241-acre park in Bellingham. The falls are on Whatcom Creek, which leads from Lake Whatcom to Bellingham Bay. The park has four sets of waterfalls and several miles of well maintained walking and hiking trails. Every year this park hosts a kids fishing derby for kids 14 and under, featuring their fishing pond that is packed full with fish. It also has tennis courts, athletic fields, picnic shelters, public bathrooms and two playgrounds, making this park very kid friendly. There is a section of the park known as “The Whirlpool,” where daring swimmers leap from a 60-foot cliff, plunging into the cold waters below. However, this is not a supervised swimming area, so jump at your own risk.

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