Summer Activities

Bellingham and Whatcom County are full of outdoor recreation, festivals, and events during the summer. With many, many hours of daylight and mild temps in the 70s, it is a wonderful place to be!

Summer is the perfect time to explore more than 100 miles of beautiful Salish Sea shoreline. With all the calm bays and beautiful lakes, water adventures abound.

Want to get an overview of where you can play? Check out this fantastic Water Trails Map.

Bring your equipment, rent it from our partners, or get tickets for one of the tour vessels that go whale watching, on history cruises, and visit the San Juan Islands. Go ahead, get out there!

Whether you're looking for a walking tour on history, a boating quest to see whales, or to experience forest bathing, check out all the wonderful tours!

Home to a host of multisport races throughout the year you’re sure to find an event that matches your favorite activity. Pull together a team of friends, or go solo. Just make sure you get out there!

Make your trip to Bellingham a home run by exploring the Farmer’s Market, Taylor Dock, mountain Bike trails, the arts district and the waterfront, then catch a Bellingham Bells home baseball game at Joe Martin Field.  

Birch Bay Waterslides – Take the kids for some fun at the water park! This five-acre park features nine slides, a large whirlpool, four-foot deep kids activity pool and a small kiddies area, along with hot showers, a pizza restaurant, full concessions, covered picnic areas, locker rentals, life jacket rentals and lounging chairs.

Located in western Whatcom County with lodging inside the national park, and summer adventures for people of all ages, the North Cascades Institute is a must see.

Adventures include family getaways, Diablo Lake Boat Tours, Base Camp and classes on everything from the 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.

Whatcom County is home to five disc golf courses all playable for those new to the sports while also capable of challenging even the most experienced players. Many even host tournaments and other events throughout the year.

Check our golfing page for details.

        We acknowledge that Whatcom County is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. They cared for the lands that included what we’d call the Puget Sound region, Vancouver Island and British Columbia since time immemorial. This gives us the great obligation and opportunity to learn how to care for our surrounding areas and all the natural and human resources we require to live. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.
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