Bainbridge Island Trip Planner

  • 01 of 07

    Fun Things to Do on Bainbridge Island

    Bainbridge Island's Eagle Harbor
    ••• Bainbridge Island's Eagle Harbor. ©Angela M. Brown 2009

    Bainbridge Island is located just east of the Kitsap Peninsula, across the water from Seattle, Washington. One of the larger islands in the Puget Sound, Bainbridge Island is home to thousands of acres of parks and preserved land. It’s a breathtaking green place where you can walk and wander and enjoy nature. Bainbridge Island is convenient to both Seattle and Portland, making it a great option for a Northwest weekend escape. Couples will find intimate restaurants and cozy lodgings. Families with small children will enjoy the island’s public parks and play spaces. Birders, boaters, horseback riders, and kayakers will all find Bainbridge Island a fun destination.

    Fun Things to Do on Bainbridge Island

    Bainbridge Island Historical Museum
    This small museum focuses on local Bainbridge Island history. Exhibits cover the island’s early Japanese population, as well as its ship-building and lumber heritage. Their exhibit on the internment of the island’s Japanese during World War II is particularly...MORE compelling.

    Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
    This new facility exhibits fine art and crafts from the Puget Sound region with a focus on contemporary works. In addition to wonderful gallery spaces, the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art offers a gift store and on on-site bistro.

    IslandWood is a private campus located on 250+ acres of wooded land. While IslandWood’s primary mission is to provide environmental education to schoolchildren, they do have a number of programs that anyone can enjoy. Summer camp programs are available for pre-kindergarten through 9th grade kids. Family groups can enjoy weekend adventure camps during select summer months. IslandWood also hosts a number of public events throughout the year, including tours and festivals.

    More Attractions and Activities on Bainbridge Island:

    • Parks on Bainbridge Island
    • Gardens on Bainbridge Island
    • Shops and Galleries on Bainbridge Island
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  • 02 of 07

    Parks on Bainbridge Island

    Kids Up Community Playground in Battle Point Park on Bainbridge Island
    ••• Kids Up Community Playground in Battle Point Park on Bainbridge Island. ©Angela M. Brown 2009

    You’ll find oodles of parks on Bainbridge Island. State parks and metro parks. Waterfront parks and wooded parks. These parks provide abundant opportunity to relax and to play. Most offer walking trails and picnic areas. Those on the water provide launches for boaters and kayakers.

    Fort Ward State Park
    Located on the south end of the island, Fort Ward State Park is a great place to wander and check out the beach and the historic gun batteries. Other park facilities include a picnic area, a boat launch, a ranger station, and toilets. A campsite is available for kayakers. Fort Ward State Park is also used by scuba divers.

    Blakely Harbor Park
    Trails wind through the wetland adjacent to the harbor. You can also walk on the beach and check out the graffiti-covered ruins of the old Blakely Mill.

    Waterfront Park
    This family-friendly park has a nice array of playground equipment as well as a network of walking paths that look out on Eagle Harbor and the ferries.

    Hawley Cove Park
    This wooded park can...MORE be accessed via a trailhead along Wing Point Way. You’ll follow a trail downhill to reach a boardwalk through the wetlands, which will eventually take you to a rocky beach.

    Battle Point Park
    The highlight of this city park is the Kids Up Community Playground, a clever play complex that provides great fodder for a child’s imagination as well as activities for energetic little bodies. Other Battle Point Park amenities include an observatory, sport fields, and picnic areas.

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  • 03 of 07

    Gardens on Bainbridge Island

    The Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island
    ••• The Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island. ©Angela M. Brown 2009

    Whether you like your gardens stately and manicured or as wild as nature itself, you'll find something to satisfy on Bainbridge Island.

    The Bloedel Reserve
    The Bloedel Reserve blends natural Northwest landscapes with more manicured gardens to provide a refreshing outdoor experience. The Reserve's well-maintained paths wind through woods, wetlands, and meadows. As you make your way along the trail you'll encounter water features, a Japanese garden, a reflecting pool, and a moss garden. The visitor center is located in the Bloedel family's former residence, a stately European-style home. Gardeners will be inspired by the Reserve's variety and use of plant species. Nature lovers will appreciate the woods and wildlife.

    Bainbridge Gardens
    Garden lovers will enjoy a stop at this family-owned and run nursery, located on the site of the family's original gardens. Those gardens were established by Zenhichi Harui and Zenmatsu Seko, brothers who moved to Bainbridge Island in...MORE 1908. That garden became well-known for its flowers and water features. Sadly, the family was forced to leave the island during World War II; when they returned, the gardens could not be restored. The family did remain in the garden business. In 1980, Mr. Harui's son reestablished Bainbridge Gardens on the site of the original family gardens. Visitors will enjoy wandering through the nursery's well-stocked retail nursery as well as its display gardens and nature trail. Gardeners will appreciate Bainbridge Gardens' wide variety of plants, pots, statuary, supplies, and gift items.

    Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour
    The annual Bainbridge in Bloom garden tour, held each July, provides the chance to visit some of these gardens yourself. Tickets are available by calling 206-842-9401.

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  • 04 of 07

    Shops and Galleries on Bainbridge Island

    Winslow Shops on Bainbridge Island
    ••• Winslow Shops on Bainbridge Island. ©Angela M. Brown 2009

    Bainbridge Island Farmers' Market
    Held in Bainbridge Town Square, this farmers market is open on Saturdays from mid April through mid-October.

    The Traveler
    265 Winslow Way East
    This shop offers a fine selection of luggage, travel gadgets and accessories, clothing, hats, and books.

    Bainbridge Arts and Crafts: The Gallery
    151 Winslow Way East
    The Gallery displays and sells a great selection of art and fine crafts, most by local artists.

    181 Winslow Way East
    This women’s boutique carries unique apparel and a great selection of scarves, hats, and other accessories.

    Bon Bon Confections
    123 Bjune Drive Suite 103
    In addition to incredible fresh fudge in a variety of flavors, Bon Bon Confections offers a range of special candies and treats. Their wonderful fudge is available from their online store as well.

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  • 05 of 07

    Dining on Bainbridge Island

    Harbor Public House on Bainbridge Island
    ••• Harbor Public House, a restaurant and pub overlooking Eagle Harbor, is a favorite with Bainbridge Island locals. ©Angela M. Brown 2009

    Pegasus Coffee House
    131 Parfitt Way SW
    In addition to the usual pastries and coffee drinks, Pegasus serves up delicious breakfast and lunch panini. Highly recommended.

    Restaurant Marche
    150 Madrone Lane
    Acclaimed Northwest cuisine expert Greg Atkinson serves updated bistro menu items made for locally sourced meats, cheeses, produce, and other ingredients.

    Mora Iced Creamery
    12685 Miller Rd NE
    Mora makes and serves extremely tasty ice cream in a variety of flavors, from basic to creative. The chocolate peanut butter ice cream I tasted was smooth and decadent.

    Treehouse Café
    4569 Lynwood Center Rd.
    This casual, pub-style café is located along Pleasant Beach. In addition to traditional favorites, their menu includes Greek, Thai, and other creative variations on salads, sandwiches, and pizzas. Wine and draft and bottled beer are also available.

    Harbor Public House
    233 Parfitt Way SW
    This small pub, which serves up yummy pub food and draft beers, overlooks Eagle Harbor Marina.

    Streamliner Diner
    397...MORE Winslow Way East
    Streamliner Diner is popular for its breakfasts, particularly for its biscuits, jam, and muffins. They are also open for lunch and dinner (some nights only).

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  • 06 of 07

    Lodging on Bainbridge Island

    The Eagle Harbor Inn on Bainbridge Island
    ••• The Eagle Harbor Inn on Bainbridge Island. ©Angela M. Brown 2009

    Bainbridge Island offers several small hotels as well as a variety of B&Bs and rental cottages.

    Bainbridge Island Beach Cottage
    This beach-themed cottage makes a cozy island retreat. The front porch, complete with rocking chairs for two, looks out across a nicely-landscaped yard to Pleasant Beach. The main room of the cottage has a full kitchen, dining table, seating area, and white wicker bed. The spacious bathroom includes a claw-foot tub. Bainbridge Island Beach Cottage is an excellent choice for island visitors planning an extended stay or who are looking for lodgings with a kitchen.

    The Eagle Harbor Inn
    Guests at The Eagle Harbor Inn, located in the community of Winslow, can choose to stay in a luxuriously-appointed guest suite or a fully-furnished townhome. Each unit is individually decorated; they all have private bathrooms, flat screen TVs with satellite service, and high speed Internet access. Guests have access to a lovely garden courtyard with views of Eagle Harbor. The...MORE Eagle Harbor Inn is within walking distance of Winslow's many fine shops and restaurants.

    Bainbridge Island Lodging Association

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  • 07 of 07

    How to Get to Bainbridge Island

    Map Showing the Location of Bainbridge Island
    ••• Bainbridge Island, highlighted in yellow, is located across Puget Sound from Seattle. ©Angela M. Brown 2009

    You can reach Bainbridge Island both by water and by car.

    By Ferry
    The Washington State Ferry route to Bainbridge Island runs from the main Seattle terminal at Pier 52 to the island terminal at Eagle Harbor. Note: A ferry maintenance facility is located near the Bainbridge Island terminal. As you pass by, be sure to check out the variety of different ferry vessels at dock.

    By Car
    There is a bridge between Kitsap Peninsula, just east of the town of Poulsbo, and the northern tip of Bainbridge Island on Highway 305. To reach the Kitsap Peninsula from Interstate 5, use Highway 16 to drive across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and proceed north through Bremerton. Vehicles using the Tacoma Narrows Bridge to drive east towards Tacoma must pay a toll.

    As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with discounted or complimentary accommodations, meals, and/or recreation for the purpose of reviewing those services. While it has not influenced this review, believes in full...MORE disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest. For more information, see our ethics policy.