Introduction to Oak Harbor, Washington
Oak Harbor, Washington, in Island county, is 29 miles NW of Everett, Washington (center to center) and 49 miles N of Seattle, Washington. The city is part of the Seattle - Bellevue - Everett metropolitan statistical area (MSA).
Oak Harbor History
Oak Harbor was so named because of the Garry Oak trees in the region. It is the largest incorporated city of Whidbey Island. The Deception Pass Bridge was established on July 31, 1935, and the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island was built on September 21, 1942. Oak Harbor was originally settled in the early 1850s. Martin Tafton, C.W. Sumner, and Ulrich Freund were the first settlers of the city. The first high school of the city was built in 1906.
Oak Harbor and nearby Attractions
- Deception Pass State Park
- Ebey's Landing National Historic Reserve
- Joseph Whidbey State Park
- City Beach Park
- Port Townsend Marine Science Center
- Children's Museum of Skagit County
Things To Do In Oak Harbor
The local parks of Oak Harbor include Shadow Glen Park, Meadow Ridge Park, Koetje Park, Regional Ball Park, Tyhuis Park, Redwing Park, Fort Nugent Park, Ruth Cohen Memorial Park, and Kimball Memorial Park. You can also visit Deception Pass State Park, one of the popular state parks of Washington. The San Juan Island National Historical Park and Jefferson County Historical Society Museum are also nearby.
Oak Harbor Transportation
You can avail air transportation from Bellingham International Airport.
Oak Harbor Higher Education
Facilities for higher studies are offered by Skagit Valley College, Edmonds Community College, and Western Washington University.