In Seattle, you’re only miles from
one of the world’s great isles.
Exploring the Island
If you’re planning a full day on Bainbridge, there are all kinds of things to see in addition to Winslow and Bloedel. In fact, there are really too many things to see in one day.
You might start with one of our two waterfront state parks, Fay Bainbridge or Fort Ward. There are about 25 other parks on the island, as well. For example, Gazzam Lake and Grand Forest are large parks that are great for hiking.
You can also go to Battle Point Park. Just west of this 83-acre park, a historic battle was waged between the Suquamish and the Haida tribe from the north. The Haida were planning a surprise raid to take slaves. But the Suquamish were warned by cannon shot fired at the trading post on Agate Passage, and they were able to turn back the invasion. The park has a great playground for kids, plus an astronomical observatory, jogging path around a large pond, tennis courts and ball fields.
On Day Road East, about five miles up Highway 305 from the ferry dock, you’ll find a prize-winning winery with its own vineyard and tasting room. If you’re a gardener, the island also features three impressive garden centers: Bainbridge Gardens, Bay Hay & Feed, and Mesogeo Nursery.
For the more active, you can go golfing, kayaking, canoeing, diving, fishing, bird watching or beachcombing. There’s an aquatic park for swimming. And while Bainbridge is a little hilly, most roads are generally car-free; so many people enjoy biking around the island.