Whether you’re looking to take in a game or go for a spin around the go-kart track, Island County offers a variety of recreational opportunities.
Blue Fox Drive-in
1403 N. Monroe Landing Road
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
The Blue Fox Drive-in is one of the few remaining drive-in theaters in the state of Washington. The Blue Fox has an on-site go-kart track and snack bar, and offers party packages with train rides, go-kart specials and arcade fun. The drive-in shows classic cartoons prior to the main film, in true retro style. Call the 24-hour movie information line, 360-675-5667, or visit www.bluefoxdrivein.com for current movie listings.
Everett Memorial Stadium
Everett, WA 98201 425-258-3673
The Everett AquaSox are a minor league baseball team in the short-season Class A Northwest League. The team began play in 1984 as the Everett Giants, an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. Just over a decade later, the Everett Giants and Bellingham Mariners switched cities for the 1995 season, and the Seattle Mariners’ affiliate was renamed the Everett AquaSox. In 2010, Everett won its first Northwest League championship as the AquaSox, although they had also won the league championship in 1985 as the Giants. Catch one of their games at Everett Memorial Stadium.
Fishing, Crabbing, Clamming
Whether you’re a freshwater or saltwater fishing enthusiast, the islands offer a bounty of seafood. Whidbey’s numerous lakes are ideal for fishing for largemouth bass or trout. Lone, Deer, Goss, Cranberry and Pass lakes are all stocked annually. Catch-and-release fly fishing at Whidbey’s Pass Lake is for serious fly fishermen who enjoy donning waders and plunking down in float tubes. Crabbing is one of Puget Sound’s most popular recreational fisheries. Each year, sport fishers catch more than a million pounds of Dungeness crab, using pots, ring nets and their bare hands. In addition, there are more than 40 public clam and oyster beaches on Whidbey and Camano Islands. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has information about licenses, regulations and seasons on its website.
This region has previously been known as the birth of grunge rock, Starbucks and wet weather but has built up quite a golf empire over the past decade, blossoming into a destination worthy of players from around the world. When the U.S. Open chose Chambers Bay Golf Course as its 2015 host, it was a proverbial “open for business” sign for golf tourism in the Pacific Northwest that was previously nonexistent. A variety of public and country club courses are available near Island County, including the 18-hole semi-private Whidbey Golf Club and all-weather, year-round Useless Bay Golf Course. For a full list of public and private courses in Washington, visit the Washington State Golf Association directory at http://thewsga.org/membership-home/course-directory.
Woodland Park Zoo
5500 Phinney Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103
Founded in 1899, Woodland Park Zoo has sparked delight, discovery and unforgettable memories for generations of Northwest families. The zoo manages the largest live animal collection in Washington state, with 1,100 animals, representing more than 300 species. The zoo provides a home for 40 endangered and 17 threatened or vulnerable animal species. The zoo’s botanical collection includes more than 92,000 plants and trees representing more than 1,300 species. A gift shop, food pavilion, picnic areas and on-site educational programs are also available.