Book a Bellingham Staycation




boardwalkSo an extravagant Spring Break getaway isn’t on your calendar this year. No problem. You don’t need to get away to get recharged – and your pocketbook will no doubt thank you.

Lucky for us, Whatcom County is chock full of fun, relaxing things to do – many of which are inexpensive or altogether free.

Stay put and still have fun with some of these Bellingham-area ideas that will have you happily playing tourist right here at home.

Walk from Boulevard Park to a downtown dining spot

Last spring, we basically bribed our two young ones into walking three miles round-trip from Boulevard Park along the waterfront South Bay Trail, destination downtown, with the promise of La Fiamma at the end. They fueled up, and then happily made the return walk, where they still had enough energy to traipse the boardwalk, and then climb down below to throw rocks into Bellingham Bay. Your choice of downtown eateries is vast, varied and full of yummy options, so choose a family favorite on the drive to Boulevard Park, put on your comfortable walking shoes, and start walking.

Create your own downtown art walk

You don’t have to wait until the First Friday Art Walk to take in creative local creations. Amble along and discover all the sculptures and murals that dot our charming downtown.

Ferry to Lummi Island

Maybe a world-famous, hours long, out-of-this-world meal at the Willows Inn isn’t on the itinerary if you have young ones in tow, but you can still enjoy the scenic trek to Lummi Island. Take a charming – and quick! – ferry ride to this gorgeous spot and grab yummy grub at the Beach Store Cafe or Taproot Cafe before exploring the lovely little island.


inside-pitch1Inside Pitch
Take turns taking swings with indoor batting practice at Inside Pitch. I’d argue that it’s equally as fun to be the one feeding balls into the pitching machine.

1750 Moore Street

Bellingham, WA 98229




Monday through Friday, 12pm to 9pm

Saturday, 10 am to 7:00 pm

Sunday, 11 am to 7:00 pm


Marine Life Center
Get a hands-on aquatic experience at the Marine Life Center at Squalicum Harbor. Bring a kite or two, and afterward head to nearby Zuanich Point Park to let ’em fly.

1801 Roeder Avenue

Bellingham, WA 98226




Open 7 days a week

June – August: 10am to 6pm

Sept – May: 11am to 5pm


roller skating

Lynden Skateway
Ah, sweet memories of the roller skating days of my youth. I can’t hear Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough” without wanting to lace up some old school rented roller skates and hit the rink. Head to Lynden Skateway and relive your youth, and then watch your kids quickly learn to lap you.

421 Judson Street Alley

Lynden, WA 98264



Lynden Pioneer Museum

Take a step back in time at the charming Lynden Pioneer Museum as you mix educational with entertaining.

217 Front Street

Lynden, WA 98264




Monday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm


Whatcom Museum
FIGIf you have young children, head to Whatcom Museum’s Family Interactive Gallery (FIG) in the Lightcatcher, where they’ll delight in a vibrant world of learning through play. If you have tweens and teenagers, walk through the Lightcatcher art galleries, and also hit up Old City Hall for further public and historical exhibits.


250 Flora Street

Bellingham, WA 98225




Wednesday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm

Sundays, 12pm to 5pm



250 Flora Street

Bellingham, WA 98225



downtownsculptureWednesday to Sunday, 12pm to 5pm

Thursdays open until 8pm

Saturday open at 10am


Old City Hall:

121 Prospect Street

Bellingham, WA 98225




Thursday through Sunday, 12pm to 5pm



CreativiTEA, in the heart of Fairhaven, lets non-artists and artists alike choose a piece of pottery, find inspiration and instruction around the studio, and then create to their hearts content. Each piece is then glazed, fired and ready for pick-up in a few days. Pro-tip: You’ll find endless ideas for fantastic Mother’s Day gifts.

southbaytrail1312 11th Street

Bellingham, WA 98225




Monday through Saturday, 11am to 9pm

Sunday, 11am to 6pm


VITAL Climbing Gym

Bellingham’s newest climbing option can be as easy or as challenging as you need it to be. Boulder away!

1421 North State Street

Bellingham, WA 98225




Monday through Sunday, 11am to 9pm


Perch and Play

perch-and-playIf your staycation keeps you on the go to the point that you’re about to peter out but the young kids are still full steam ahead, point yourself to Perch and Play. The young ones can climb and play while you grab a coffee and a sandwich – or an adult beverage and dessert. Sit in the café where you can keep one eye on your offspring and another on a book.

1707 North State Street

Bellingham, WA 98226




Monday through Saturday, 9am to 7pm

Sunday, 9am to 5pm



Downtown’s Mindport offers a space where visitors – ages six and up – can explore and observe science and art in tandem. Director Kevin Jones describes this utterly unique place as both a laboratory and a gallery where visitors can balance the analytical, intellectual and rational with the playful, imaginative and artistic.

210 West Holly Street

Bellingham, WA 98225




Wednesday through Friday, 12pm to 6pm

Saturday, 10am to 5pm

Sunday, 12pm to 4pm


Park Bowl

Grab a lane and pretend you’re The Dude – or, you know, just have a blast by simply aiming bowling balls at pins. If the little ones tire of bowling, they can play video games and shoot pool. And everyone can find a burger, sandwich, wrap, pizza or appetizer to love on the Splitz Grille menu.

bowling balls4175 Meridian

Bellingham, WA 98226




Monday through Friday, 12pm to 11pm

Saturday, 11:30am to 12am

Sunday, 10am to 11pm


This is truly just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Spring Break staycation inspiration. Choose one or two activities from this list each day, and then find where they lead you. I guarantee you’ll stumble upon something you haven’t seen or done before.

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