Chessboard at Bayview

Wharf View in Coupeville

Driftwood at Double Bluff  Beach

Guardian of Seawall Park, Langley

Local Flora

Whidbey Island Vista

South Whidbey State Park Trails

Whidbey Island Attractions

South Whidbey Island-A Great Place to Live

~Read About Our Lovely Island in this
Seattle Times Feature

Community, Beauty, and Self-Sufficiency
The South Whidbey Island community consists of rural farmlands and small towns linked by a strong sense of community. The island features beautiful vistas of the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges, access to the spectacular Puget Sound waterways and on-island old growth forests. Dotted by a network of small, independent farmers, we pride ourselves on maintaining a rural character and self-sufficient lifestyle.

Arts, Culture, and Outdoor Activity Abound
Whidbey abounds with artists of all types, writers, small tech businesses, health and wellness practitioners and craftspeople of all kinds. There are several theaters on the south island, including Whidbey Children's Theatre, where children can get an early experience of acting and performing. Those seeking a deep experience of the outdoors will find fishing, boating, hiking and camping opportunities within a few miles. There are two State Parks on the island and the County and Port offer even more facilities.

Island Living-Well Connected to the World
The island's largest city, Oak Harbor, is approximately 35 miles north.  FREE Island County Transit buses cris-cross the island 6 days a week covering all towns and many small neighborhoods. Getting off the island and into the city is easy. The Washington State Ferry system operates from predawn until after midnight 7 days a week with service to Mukilteo (just minutes from I-5). With all this relative isolation, we are a short ferry ride to Everett, one hour from downtown Seattle and within an easy commute to numerous ski areas, three National Parks and even Vancouver and Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. Come join us on Whidbey Island sophisticated rural island living in the city!

Places To Stay 

Second Grade at Double Bluff Beach, five minutes from our school

Second Grade at Double Bluff Beach, fifteen minutes from our school

Performing Arts

Whidbey Island Children's Theater

Whidbey Children's Theater (WCT) offers a wide range of performing arts education and opportunities for students of all ages. Many of our WIWS students enjoy participation in WCT productions.

222 Anthes Avenue
Langley, WA 98260

Whidbey Island Center for the Arts

Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, or WICA, provides our community with a host of quality productions in theater, music, cultural enrichment and more, from the annual Django Fest to the finest of stage productions.

565 Camano Avenue
Langley, WA 98260

Whidbey Island Dance Theatre

Whidbey Island Dance Theatre offers instruction and performance opportunities in ballet, modern, jazz and other dance idioms. Founded in 1993, WIDT is the Island's premier resource for dance experience and performance.

11042 State Route 525
Clinton, WA 98236

Saratoge Chamber Orchestra

Whidbey Island's own Saratoga Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of conductor Legh W. Burns provides our island community with the best in classical music as well as a broad contemporary repetoire, in both performance and in musical study.

P.O. Box 1524
Langely, WA 98260

State Parks

Fort Casey State Park

Fort Casey State Park boasts 467 acres with a view of Admiralty Inlet and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Amenities include marine camping, the structures of historic Fort Casey, and the famed Admiralty Head Lighthouse.

State of Washington Parks Information here.

Deception Pass State Park

Located at the northern-most tip of Whidbey Island, Deception Park offers miles of ocean shoreline, hiking, camping, freshwater swimming lakes and stunning views of Puget Sound.

Deception Pass Information here.

South Whidbey State Park


Located just minutes north of Whidbey Island Waldorf School, South Whidbey State Park offers many acres of forests, campsites and beach front with sweeping views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains

Washington State Park Information here.

Enrichment Opportunities

Whidbey Institute

Whidbey Institute is the stewarding body of the Chinook lands upon which our school is located. The Institute is bridge-building community between individual and society, culture and nature, between body and spirit. With hiking trails, gardens, meditation cottages, meeting spaces and more, Whidbey Insitute provides an arena for gathering, for solitude, for inspiration, deep inquiry and, finally, transformation.

6449 Old Pietila Road
Clinton, WA 98236

Meerkerk Gardens

Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens was created on 13 acres by Ann and Max Meerkerk in the 1960s. Today, Meerkerk Gardens is a non-profit 53-acre oasis of gardens, hiking trails, educational opportunites, a retail nursery and more. In addition, many local music, theater and arts performances appear at special events at the Gardens.

35531 Meerkerk Lane
Greenbank, WA 98253

Northwest Language Academy

Whidbey Island's Northwest Language Academy is the premier resource for the study of world languages and cultures. The Academy offers immersion evenings, summer day camps for youth, language clubs, cultural events and more.

P.O. Box 1587
Langely, WA 98260

Whidbey Watershed Stewards

Whidbey Watershed Stewards began as a salmon restoration program in 1994 and has since grown to be a renowned resource for watershed sustainability. Its mission and efforts include education, research and restoration projects of all sorts.

P.O. Box 617
Langley, WA 98260

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