A round-trip ferry ride from Seattle’s waterfront ferry terminal, which can be reached by bus or on foot - to the Bainbridge Island terminal costs less than two lattes, takes a mere 35 minutes, leaves almost hourly, and is a sight-seeing adventure in itself.
The ride is stable enough for those prone to sea-sickness, and is a great way to take in Seattle’s skyline, discover new sailing vessels, catch spectacular views of Mount Rainier (on a clear day), and if you are lucky – follow a seal or dolphin’s playful water journey.
Once you have arrived in Bainbridge, it is only a short walk up the hill to the charming town of Winslow, where eating, drinking, and shopping options abound. But if you are seeking something more scenic to do, immediately follow signs from the ferry terminal to a nearby trail, which loops partway around Bainbridge Island’s outer edges.
The trail will take you through a harbor, near historic landmarks, among old-growth trees, through residential neighborhoods, and to a small beach. If the weather cooperates, you will be rewarded with excellent views of Seattle’s skyline and Mount Rainier.
And if you are not much of a walker, there are places in Winslow to rent bikes or kayaks, and even more places to explore if you have time. Just don’t get so caught up in the many outdoor options that you miss that last ferry back to Seattle!