Things To Do in Anacortes

  •  Walk or bike along the waterfront on the Tommy Thompson Trail.
  •  Ride the ferry to the San Juan Islands or Victoria. B.C.
  •  Browse downtown boutiques and antique shops.
  •  Walk, job, bike, or drive the 2.3-mile Loop Road at Washington Park.
  •  Visit Deception Pass Bridge and State Park.
  •  Bike or hike the Anacortes Community Forest Lands.
  •  Take the kids to play at Storvik Park.
  •  Kayak, whale watch, or take a fishing charter.
  •  Attend a play at the ACT Theatre.
  •  Take a picnic to one of many waterfront parks.
  •  Play a round of golf at Similk Golf Course.
  •  Introduce your dog to new friends at the 38th & H off-leash dog park.
  •  Take a sunset dinner cruise.
  •  Take the Guemes Ferry, go beachcombing, and enjoy a meal at Anderson's General Store.
  •  Tour the Skagit Valley tulip fields in April.
  •  Drive to the top of Mt. Erie to enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding area.
  •  Take an airplane ride to see the islands and valley by air.
  •  Check out the terrific view of Anacortes and the islands from Cap Sante Park lookout.
  •  Buy fresh crab or shrimp at Cap Sante Marina.
  •  See working fishing boats, awesome cruisers' and everything in between' while strolling the local marinas.
  •  Take in downtown culture on a First Friday Art Walk.


Though it’s more well-known for the Port of Anacortes and the expansive natural beauty of Fidalgo Island, the city of Anacortes, WA also has a rich history, great shopping and dining. Anacortes has a small-town feel, but is only 90 minutes from either Seatle, WA or Vancourver B.C. Anacortes Homes located in Anacortes Old Town are expecially popular among Anacortes homeowner who like historic homes.

Beautiful downtown Anacortes with its tree-lined streets is easy to navigate by bike, wheel chair or walking. Anacortes is charming, and the appeal of Anacortes is enhanced by more than a hundred life-sized murals by resident artist Bill Mitchell. The arts are flourishing in Anacortes. The Depot Arts Center is the heart of the art scene, with a gallery and resident performing groups like the Fidalgo Youth Symphony and the Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble. The Anacortes Community Theater has live performances year round.

The downtown area, dubbed Anacortes Old Town, is also a short walk away from Cap Sante Marina, giving a few restaurants and cafés waterfront views. Commercial Anacortes property for sale in this area is much sought-after, as are Anacortes homes.

Your shopping and dining needs will be well satisfied by the shops and restaurants of Anacortes. Anacortes has antique dealers, specialty shops that feature hard-to-find items as well as many stores stocked with the basics. Anacortes dining options here have an equally wide range; Anacortes restaurants serve everything from fresh seafood to pizza.

Aside from the historic buildings in downtown Anacortes, you can enjoy local history through the Anacortes Museum (located in the 1910 Carnegie Library Building and the Marine Supply and Hardware, the oldest store of its kind on the West Coast.

Anacortes is a great place to live! To purchase an Anacortes home or to see Anacortes homes for sale, contact Jean Groesbeck at Coldwell Banker Bain - Anacortes (360) 941-3734