Summer Activities



Summer’s a good time to come to Whatcom County for activities, outdoors, and events. Rain or shine, we have a lot of great activities for any visitor!

Simply spin the wheels of your imagination and there is a trail to hike or a road to satisfy your bicycling whim. Whatcom County offers endless country roads and miles of city and county trails. Whatcom County is home two iconic highway routes for a scenic drive. Spend the day at one of the many local parks,  or head to the green for some golfing. If you want to spend time on the water then we have many options for the water adventurer with fishing,  boating, kayaking, and river rafting.

Explore the natural and cultural history of the North Cascades in western Whatcom County in the summer with adventures for people of all ages, at the North Cascades Institute including Family Getaways, Diablo Lake Boat Tours, Base Camp and classes on everything from Geology of Mount Baker to Birding on Bellingham Bay. The Institute — an environmental education nonprofit founded in 1986 — hosts programs in the field as well as at their green-built Environmental Learning Center on Diablo Lake. More info at

Want more events? Check out our event calendar or annual events for a monthly list of events during the fall season. Or stop by our Visitors Center for even more ideas on things to do in the fall.

Just for Summer

Disc Golf – Cornwall Park has the largest course in Whatcom County, offering a 9-basket disc golf course. The tees are located throughout the trees and maps are available in the park or at the Visitor Center. There is also a course in Vanderyacht Park, Ferndale and in Patterson Park Lynden.

Head out to Sumas for a day of racing go karts. Sumas International Motorsport Academy is a world class racing facility featuring kart rentals, kart racing, and lessons for any occasion. Miniature World Family Fun Center in Blaine has Kidz Karts and racing carts, a miniature train ride, petting zoo and miniature golf.

Take me out to the ball game! Get the most out of your summer months by going to the ball park and cheering on  Bellingham’s baseball team – The Bellingham Bells.

On Wednesday evenings, Bellingham turns into a live music venue.  Downtown Sounds program hosts a concert every evening from July to August. Come down and enjoy what downtown has to offer with a great soundtrack in the background.

Outdoor music concerts – Bellingham’s Parks and Recreation Department hosts free concerts all summer long, held at Boulevard and Big Rock Garden parks at Elizabeth Park. Whether you like dancing to bongos or foot-tapping to guitar picking, this series offers outdoor serenading for everyone’s tastes.

Grab a snack and a lawn chair for an enjoyable night at the outdoor movies in Fairhaven. Check the schedule for favorite flicks and get there early to catch the bonus live entertainment before each film.

The Good Time Girls‘ walking tours seek to entertain and engage audiences with fascinating historical accounts of early life in Bellingham and Whatcom County while providing interactive, alternative nightlife experiences in Fairhaven and the Downtown core.

Each summer, the Drayton Harbor Maritime Society operates the historic 17-passenger Plover as a foot ferry between Blaine Harbor and Semiahmoo Spit.

Get out on the water with San Juan Cruises – whale watching, cracked crab dinner cruises, beer/wine tasting cruises, bird watching tours, and picnic cruises to Sucia Island.

Birch Bay Waterslides – Take the kids for some fun at the water park! This five-acre park features a large whirlpool, 4 foot deep kids activity pool and three slides for small children. For adults and older kids, their are nine slides requiring varying levels of courage.

Farmer’s Markets – Get local produce, gifts, and more at the many markets around the County. Bellingham Farmers’ Market is the largest market in the area with locally produced delights sure to please the visitor. There is also the Fairhaven Market, Blaine Gardeners Market , Ferndale Public Market, Lummi Island Farmers Market, and the Lynden Farmers Market.