When visiting Whidbey Island in Puget Sound, don't miss the chance to check out the Fort Casey Historical State Park with your pupper! Just 3 miles south of Coupeville, this dog-friendly marine camping park offers puptacular views of the sound and a history lesson you won't soon forget! Nature lovers, history buffs, and four-legged guests will definitely have a pawtastic time strolling around this 467-acre site.
Built by the US Army in the late 1800s, Fort Casey served as a training facility up until the mid-1940s. Together with Fort Worden and Fort Flagler, it formed the “Triangle of Fire” that defended the entrance to Puget Sound at the turn of the 20th century. You and Fido can explore the fort's batteries and view some of the weapons that were at the cutting edge of defense technology in the early 1900s, including a pair of rare 10-inch disappearing guns and two 3-inch mounted guns that are displayed in their original emplacements.
Fort Casey is also home to the Admiralty Head Lighthouse, which is open seasonally. An interpretive center in the lighthouse tells the history of the area, including the construction of the fort and the stories of local Native American tribes. In addition to the historical structures, the park offers 1.8 miles of trails and 10,810 feet of saltwater shoreline to explore. Other amenities include a seasonal picnic area (closed from October 1 to April 30), two saltwater watercraft launches, a designated RC glider area, and a parade field that is frequented by kite fliers. For an extended adventure, you and Fido may stay at one of the park's standard campsites or partial hookup sites.
Be sure to keep your pup on a leash at all times and clean up after them! Bring lots of water and a flashlight for the bunkers. Whether you come for the history, nature, or activities, you and Fido are in for a pawsome experience at the Fort Casey Historical State Park!