While the waterfall here certainly isn't huge, it is located in a preserved second growth forest that is extremely popular with the local residents due to the hiking trails and other recreational opportunities here. There are picnic shelters, a fish hatchery, a pond with a trail around it, and fairly decent sized forest.
The city park web site (below) features links to the park brochure and maps of the park trails that may be useful - the park trails are well labelled but I was unable to find a map of the park trails anywhere in the park itself. While there are several steep sections of trails, for the most part most of the trails are fairly gentle in their slope.
While the namesake falls in the park are attractive, they are not huge. Several even smaller waterfalls also exist in the park.
How to Get Here:
Go west on Lakeway Drive from the intersection of Ellis Street & Holly Street. The entrance to the main part of the park is on the north side of Lakeway Drive less than 1 mile from Interstate 5. Bus route 525 operates on Lakeway Drive until fairly late at night, including on Saturdays and Sundays. Pathways connect the park to various neighborhood streets as well as other parks.
A unique 2.5 acre garden in the middle of a neighborhood, where nature and art are blended into the environment. A city park which displays and showcases prominent local and worldly artists that have designed more than a total of 30+ sculptures, paintings, and benches, that either are for sell, donated to the city in memory of a past loved one, or to say thanks for the memories. These sculptures blend with the local flora and fauna. Rhododendrons, azaleas, bamboo, little strawberry plants, and an assortment of 100 types of maple, pine, evergreen and other conifer type trees , which blend in with the local fenced in manmade trails which encompasses throughout the park.
Western Washington University has 3 galleries on campus. The main one is the Western Gallery, connected to the art building. This showcases "temporary exhibitions featuring contemporary, interdisciplinary themes." In the Viking Union building there is the VU Gallery, a student curated space that displays both regional and international artists. Western students showcase their art at the B Gallery, located in the art building.
Every town should have a children's museum. Although I have not been to the one in Bellingham, I know many a family that takes their kids there. Great for a rainy day. There are rotating exhibits, a puppet theater, and arts and crafts workshops.
If you're gonna see a movie while visiting, try something a little different, a little more quaint. Pickford Cinema is a small locally operated theater with one screen, very intimate and old-fashioned. They show the movies you don't get to see in the biggy big theaters, like documentaries and independent films. They usually offer some interesting concession options like the strangely delicious Violet Crumble, or how about some Brewer's Yeast for your popcorn?
Check out www.fairhaven.com http://whatcom.kulshan.com/ and lots of links.
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada is close as is Seattle
Boats to the San Juan Islands and Victoria, Canada as well as trains to Vancouver, BC and Seattle
If you ask any local about Clayton Beach, you're sure to get a huge wide eyed smile saying its one of the best places to visit in Bellingham. Its taken me a long time to find this place because theres several websites online that are a little misleading on how to get there.
Be sure to stop frequently along Chuckanut highway, a lot of the views are to die for, especially at sunset or during a sunny day!
This beach has lots of Chuckanut sandstone boulders that are great for practicing your rock climbing skills, and theres a lot of cool geological formations around to take a gander at! Theres examples of honey-comb weathering thats pretty unique, its where the sandstone has been worn by the waves to have holes and chambers in it that look like a bee's nest.
In low tide you can take your dog or kids out to take a look at the cool sand dollars the litter the shore, the occasional starfish and clam. Theres tons of trails around too. To get to the beach you take a 15 min hike thru the forest that reminds me of the Olympic National Rainforest. This trail is pretty well maintained except for after a recent rain where the trail is muddy but there are often little alternate trails you can take to avoid getting dirty.
Head out to the cliffs by finding the trail thats just to the left of the Amphitheatre, watch the sunset. Its literally the most beautiful place on earth if you time it right. Many students and others come here to relax for a while, read a book or just sit and think. Theres many places that have been worn into the rock that serve as a natural seat.
To get there you need to go down Chuckanut Drive, which in itself is also a trip. It parallells I-5 for about 33 miles, starting in Bellingham and popping out around Burlington. Be careful at what time of year you go - Chuckanut is prone to alot of rock slides and falls.
An easy hike through the lush green forest, Whatcom Falls is not to be missed. Follow the path past the falls themselves and you may see students leaping off the cliffs into the pool below. While I wouldn't personally leap off the cliffs, many do and have a great time doing it.
On a bright day like this past week, one could see young and old walking along the newly built taylor pathway, i think that is the name of it, for a comfortable walk or a bicycle ride along the bay. nice breeze and we sat down at one of the many benches provided with wonderful scenery of the bay and the hills beyond.
just civilized way of living.. and people as usual friendly and saying hello at the earliest chance
Holly Street in downtown Bellingham is the main location for the city's antiques, with many shops lining either side of the road. Even Pace's hardware store has strange and unusual finds in the basement. My favorite store is probably Aladdin's Lamp. There are some really good deals at most of the stores.
Bellingham is home to the American Museum of Radio and Electricity. I have never been to it, but then, I am a local, not a tourist here. But it seems to be a really interesting place, an unusual museum experience. Why not learn something new! View their website for more information.
Kendrick's is a relatively new addition to downtown. A great place to hangout, especially because it is smoke and alcohol free. Yes, instead of serving beers, they have an espresso bar, what a neat idea. They also serve yummy sandwiches, soups, and baked goods, among other tasty food items. If you're a sports fan they have several tv's throughout for keeping tabs on the score while you beat your buddies at pool. Very clean laid back atmosphere.
Tube Time is pretty much what it sounds like, one of those places filled with tubes. slides and plastic balls for little kids to climb around and hopefully not get bruised. I've never been, but it seems like a fun idea and parents can just sit and watch or chat. There's also a video arcade, and pizza by the slice.
I can't possibly tell you all about Belingham. Even though it is a small city, there's a lot to it, depending on what you're looking for. Whether you're a visitor, a local, or looking to move here, Kulshan has a great site to find reviews on everything from restaurants to hiking trails. Plus they have info on other local little towns if you have time to explore the area further.