If you've got little ones, you should hike up the gravel path from the pier to get to the Coupeville park. They have nice grass and trees and new play equipment including swings a slide and a jungle gym.
This is also where they have outdoor concerts in the summer.
Coupeville is located on Whidbey Island. There are several beaches and parks located a short drive away from Coupeville. Bring all your beach clothes (sandals, shorts, swimsuits) and all your beach gear (beach balls, beach chairs, sun screen) because chances are, you'll probably need it!
Photo: Me, my sister and my mom at Fort Ebey State Park... if only we brought our beach clothes!
Located in the rain shadow of the Olympic mountains, Coupeville is a lovely small town that is the main destination inside of Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve. Founded in 1883, Coupeville preserves its short history well with many of the original buildings still in place. For a short history of the area, see this National Park Service page
"small town retreat"
Coupeville is walkably small, consisting of only a few streets along the water and Main St. heading out toward the farms. The waterfront stores house mostly restaurants, galleries and antique stores for the tourist trade. But Coupeville isn't always quiet. The calendar of events is active through much of the year beginning with the Penn Cove Mussle festival in March. Coupeville is certainly worthy of a day trip and makes a lovely base for car or bicycle touring in central Whidbey Island. Check out the Come to Coupeville page for lots more info.
Come to Coupeville for a touch of history, a taste of fine seafood and a retreat from urban living.
The old Coupeville Wharf, extends hundreds of feet into Penn Cove. The wharf was once a warehouse for California-bound cargo.Now it houses a deli, a convvenience store, as well as ROSIE, a skeleton of a 3 year old Grey Whale.
More Wharf pics here %L[
"Rosie the skeletal remains of the 3 Yer old whale"
ROSIE, a skeleton of a 3 year old Grey Whale inside the Coupeville Wharf.
Front Street looking West
Front Street looking East
"Old hot Dog Stand"
This is the same hotdog stand that was in the movie Practical Magic, with Sandra Bullock and Nicloe Kidman.
At the time the movie was filming Tom and Nicole were still together and had a great house in Anacortes.
*My old co-worker used to own this hotdog stand ....till he got divorced...
Wonder whatever happened to him?
If you ever want to eat some great food, and drink some good beer....This is the place to go. Toby's Waterfront tavern. I remember many nights of wandering aimlessly and ending up here. The atmosphere is great, and very friendly!
"Penn Cove Mussels"
Here is a pic of The Penn Cove Mussels. It is farm raised and cultivated in The Penn Cove Area, which is situated between Oak harbor and Coupeville on Madrona Dr.
These musseld are sold fresh regionally as well as worldly.
"Old School House in Penn Cove"
Old School House on the Cove. It is an historic landmark, that was used in the movie War of The Roses, starring Danny Devito, Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas. It looks good in the movie.