Carkeek Park is a 220-acre space that includes forest, meadows, wetlands, creeks, and beach. From its beach, you can see the southern tip of Whidbey Island, the Kitsap Peninsula, and the Olympic Mountains. There's a large picnic area with permanent tables for groups.
Bird-watchers can spot loons, grebes, herons, hawks, eagles, and owls, along with the ever-present crows. A guide to local birds is available on the park's website.
Kids can walk the Pipers Canyon Story Trail, explore the uniquely salmon-themed play area, watch trains passing through, or get hands-on at the historic Piper Orchard. And who doesn't like to play in the sand?