city in Kitsap County, Washington State, United States

Bainbridge Island is an island city on the Kitsap Peninsula within the Puget Sound region of Washington state.

Bainbridge Island is a 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle. Crossing the Agate Pass Bridge at the north end of the island will take you to the Kitsap Peninsula.

Bainbridge Island

Understand edit

Map of Bainbridge Island

Culture edit

Like many Pacific Northwest residents, Bainbridge Islanders are socially progressive, outdoorsy, and physically active, with nearly every resident active in kayaking, sailing, hiking, skiing, running, biking or soccer. Bainbridge Island is a predominantly white, highly educated, and — as a by-product of isolated island life — culturally and socially sheltered community. The island was once a poets' commune in the 1970s and 1980s, when many West-Coast artists, poets, and musicians converged to bask in the island's serene environment. Artistic and cultural events and organizations still abound, at perennial Pegasus Coffee, The Harbour Pub, The Lynwood Theatre, and The Bainbridge Performing Arts Center, which has its own improv comedy troupe. There is a refreshing alternative scene for people over 40 involving yoga, martial arts, and social activism. The island is becoming increasingly gentrified, with many retirees settling down, particularly since it was voted the #2 place to live by Money Magazine in 2005.

Get in edit

Ferry Wenatchee en route to Bainbridge Island

By car edit

Cross the Agate Pass Bridge on Highway 305 from the Kitsap Peninsula on the north end of the island.

By ferry edit

  • 1 Washington State Ferries, 270 Olympic Dr SE (Winslow Way E & Olympic Dr SE (WA-Hwy 305)), +1 206-464-6400, toll-free: +1-800-843-3779. Offers direct service from the downtown Seattle Ferry Terminal (Pier 52) for both pedestrians and autos. 35 minutes one way; departures every 40-65 minutes.

By boat edit

  • 2 The Harbor Marina, 233 Parfitt Way SW, +1 206-550-5340. Guest moorage is available with free showers, laundry facilities, water, electrical (30 amp), phone and cable TV and pump-out station. $30-45 per night depending on length includes electrical.

By public transit edit

  • Clallam Transit, +1 360-452-4511, toll-free: +1-800-858-3747. provides a direct route between the Bainbridge Ferry Terminal and Port Angeles via Poulsbo, Discovery Bay, US-101 @ Jamestown, and Sequim. For going to Port Townsend passengers can transfer to Jefferson Transit #7 at the Poulsbo Viking P&R or to the #8 at Discovery Bay (Jct US-101 and SR-20). Check schedules. Travel time from Port Angeles is 1 hour 50 minutes to 2 hours.

Get around edit

Arriving by ferry there are usually cabs at the ferry terminal and Kitsap Transit has busses that meet each ferry. It is a short walk into Winslow, the primary shopping district on the island.

By public transit edit

  • 3 Kitsap Transit, 270 Olympic Dr SE, +1 360 479-6962, toll-free: +1-800-501-7433, . Kitsap Transit offers transit services throughout the area including pickup from all ferry terminals and connects with Mason Transit (Mason County), Pierce Transit (Pierce County), and Jefferson Transit (Jefferson County) offering connections outside of the area. The main bus transit center (bus station) is at the ferry terminal. Full fare $2 and is part of the regional ORCA network system.
    • BI Ride, +1-844-4BI-RIDE (24-7433). M-F 9:30AM-3:20PM, Sa 10:30AM-4PM. A visitor-oriented bus that stops at the ferry, Lynnwood Center, and the Bloedel Reserve; additional stops can be requested by phone. Full fare $2 and is part of the regional ORCA network system.

By taxi edit

  • A-Ward Taxi Towncar, Port Orchard based, +1 360-440-1517, +1 360-801-1235.
  • Bainbridge Island Taxi, Bainbridge Island based, +1 206 842-1021. Locally owned and operated, serving Bainbridge, Poulsbo, Kingston. Silverdale, Bremerton and the Olympic Peninsula
  • Best Darn Taxi, Bremerton based, +1 360-782-2378. Serving Kitsap County.
  • Bumblebee Taxi, Silverdale based, +1 360 782-1966. A full service taxi company serving Kitsap County. Serves all military bases and offers flat rates and military discounts.
  • First Choice Taxi, Bremerton based, +1 360 373-7903. It serves Bremerton, Kitsap County and Seatac Airport. Bremerton Ferry pickups can be arranged.
  • KnM Transport, Bremerton based, +1 360 479-2273. Transporting mobility challenged clients in specially equipped vans.
  • Pleades Transportation, Bainbridge Island based, +1 206 618-9630. 9AM–11:30PM. Limousine service on Bainbridge Island.
  • Redtop Taxi of Kitsap, Port Orchard based, +1 360 876-4949. 24 hr.
  • Taxi and Tours. Bainbridge Island: +1 206 842-7660, Kingston - Silverdale - Poulsbo: +1 360 698-7660, Bremerton: +1 360 377-9393, Port Orchard: +1 360 876-9393 ; 24 hour serving Bainbridge Island, Kingston, Silverdale, Poulsbo, Bremerton, Suquamish, and Port Orchard.
  • White Blitz Taxi, Bremerton based, +1 360 516-0271.

By charter bus edit

  • Janssen's Charter & Tours, 1623 Woods Rd E, Port Orchard, +1 360-871-2446.

See edit

Bainbridge Island has several beautiful gardens and museums open to the public.

  • Bainbridge Gardens, 9415 Miller Rd NE, +1 206-842-5888, fax: +1 206 842-7645. A retail garden with a long history, large selection and a small cafe for lunch.
  • 1 Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, Pritchard Park, 4192 Eagle Harbor Dr, +1 206 855-9038. Daily dawn-dusk; tours available daily 10AM-4PM (3-4 weeks advance notice required). The Memorial is on the site of the former Eagledale ferry dock where, on March 30, 1942, US Army soldiers armed with rifles fixed with bayonets forcibly removed 227 Japanese Americans men, women and children — two–thirds of them American citizens — from their homes, sent by ferry to Seattle and then to internment camps in California and Idaho. Free.    
  • 2 Blake Island State Park (located in Puget Sound between Seattle and the Kitsap Peninsula). Bainbridge Island is a popular launching point for this nearby state park that was the birthplace of Chief Seattle and still offers Native American dancing for visitors.    
walkway in the Bloedel Reserve
  • 3 Bloedel Reserve, 7571 NE Dolphin Dr, +1 206 842-7631. Summer (Memorial Day–Labor Day): Tu-W 10AM-4PM, Th-Su 10AM-6PM. Winter: Tu-Su 10AM-4PM.. An award winning garden so popular that reservations are sometimes required. A 150-acre (0.61 km2) forest garden made by the vice-chairman of a lumber company, under the influence of the conservation movement and Asian philosophy. Prentice and Virginia Bloedel wished to "capture the essence of the Japanese garden — the qualities of naturalness, subtlety, reverence, tranquility — and construct a Western expression of it". Although the Reserve includes a traditional Japanese garden, the Bloedels' approach for the rest of the property stands in contrast to that of "Japanese gardens" which achieve their effects through the use of ornament. The Bloedel Reserve has both natural and highly-landscaped lakes, immaculate lawns, woods, a rock and sand Zen garden (formerly the swimming pool where poet Theodore Roethke drowned in 1963), a moss garden, a rhododendron glen, and a Reflection Garden designed with the assistance of landscape architects Richard Haag and Thomas Church. The Bloedels' French Chateau-style home including many original furnishings, is preserved as a Visitor Center. Adults $17, seniors (65+) and military $12, students 13-college $10, children 5-12 $6, 4 and under free.    
  • Bainbridge Island Historical Museum, 215 Ericksen Ave NE, +1 206 842-2773, . 10AM-4PM. Delightful local museum in a 1908 Bainbridge Island schoolhouse. $4 adult, $3 concession, $10 family.
  • Kids Discovery Museum, 305 Madison Ave N, +1 206 855-4650.
  • Kitsap Regional Library Bainbridge Island, 1270 Madison Ave. N, +1 206-842-4162. Northwesterners are very proud of their libraries and Bainbridge is no exception, this branch offers many events for children and adults alike including story time, writers club, kids movies etc. See website for current events.
  • 4 Fay Bainbridge Park, 15446 Sunrise Dr NE, +1 206 842-3931. the park comprises 16.84 acres (68,100 m2) of land, including 1,420 feet (432 m) of saltwater shoreline along Puget Sound.    
  • Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, 550 Winslow Way E, +1 206 842-4451, . 10AM-5PM. A free local museum of contemporary art & craft of the Puget Sound Region. It's a short from the ferry terminal on the way towards town. free.  

Do edit

thousands of bicyclists take over the ferry to participate in the Chilly Hilly

Bainbridge Island is a great destination for bicycles - rolling hills and spectacular scenery. During the summer you'll find bike rentals near the ferry dock and year 'round you can rent or purchase bikes at Classic Cycle. Each February the Chilly Hilly, one of the classic bike rides kicks off the bicycle season with a ride around the island. You can get information on this ride from Cascade Bicycle Club[dead link].

Birdwatching edit

The Kitsap Audubon Society has been actively meeting since 1972 and has a broad coalition of birders actively tracking and sharing sightings since then. They also maintain an active website with updates of the latest sightings, suggestions on areas for birders and even a regular newsletter. They also developed a checklist of birds likely to be seen birds in the area.

The state Audubon society developed 'The Great Audubon Birding Trail' which includes key migration flyways. Flyways are major north-south routes of travel for migratory birds and likely areas to see birds along the route extending from Alaska to Patagonia. Fort Ward Park on Bainbridge Island is one of only a handful of areas in the region to be named to the list.

Sea kayaking edit

With many small bays and inlets in the area, Bainbridge Island is one of the more popular places to kayak in Puget Sound and is popular for beginners and experienced kayakers alike. Thick forests of majestic pine and deciduous trees and dozens of creeks and estuaries dot the coastline. Or just explore Kitsaps many harbor towns like Bainbridge Island that cater to kayakers with shops and restaurants accessible from the water. Harbor Seals, Otters, Sea Lions, Bald Eagles and Blue Herons are common sites while the occasional viewing of an Orca or Grey Whale is not out of the question.

Kayak trails edit

Organized trails offer overnight camping options and maps of appropriate and scenic travel destinations.

  • Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails. The National Parks Service Named the this 'Trail of the Month' in the entire USA for the month of December 2012, PDF copies of the water trails map are available and the trail is accessible from Bainbridge Island.

Kayak rentals edit

Scuba diving edit

California Sea Lions

Scuba diving the cold waters of Puget Sound takes a bit more gear and training than other warm water locations, but the rewards are incredible. The area contains some of the best diving in the world and many areas are accessible from the Kitsap Peninsula. The state offers a guide to parks with launch sites here[dead link].

Conservation areas edit

Well-known to regional scuba divers, Orchard Rocks Conservation Area is located south west of Bainbridge Island in the waters and bedlands of Rich Passage within a 400-yard radius of Orchard Rocks day marker. The natural bedrock and boulders provide habitats for rock associated fish and invertebrate species. Copper rockfish and quillback rockfish once were common at this site. Brown rockfish and lingcod are common, red Irish lord, buffalo sculpin, striped seaperch, and pile perch . Kelp greenling, painted greenling, cabezon are consistently present in the reserve. Invertebrates include red rock crab, spider crabs, red sea cucumber, and orange sea cucumber. Harbor seals frequently visit the site and are often seen hauled out on the exposed rocks at low tide. California sea lions are also commonly observed at the site and may be seen hauled out on nearby navigational buoys.

There are several other popular dive sites centered around Blakely Harbor accessible by boat including wreck diving a 70' long wooden shipwreck simply known as The Boss. To find this site go to Blakely Harbors southern shoreline that heads out to Restoration Point. At about the midpoint of this shoreline, you will see a yellow buoy in about 50 feet of water. This is a PADI dive buoy marking The Boss which is maintained by local divers. The hull of the boat is in about 50' of water and is easily recognizable as it is covered in a field of white Plumose Anemones.

Hiking edit

  • Gazzam Lake Preserve on the west side of the island has entrances with parking lots at the north (end of NE Marshall Rd (47.624953, -122.566241)) and south (end of Deerpath Ln NE (47.609650, -122.563666)) ends of the preserve. The network of trails provides views of Gazzam Lake and across Port Orchard Channel to Illahee.
  • The Grand Forest is a very large park/preserve with an extensive trail network that has multiple access points and parking lots, ranging from Battle Point Park (far west end of the trail system (47.659836, -122.574855)), a parking lot along Miller Rd NE (47.657004, -122.560544)), a parking lot at the curve in the south half of Mandus Olsen Rd NE (47.650477, -122.547834), a parking lot along the north half of Mandus Olsen Rd NE (47.659562, -122.547742), the end of McRedmond Ln NE (far east end of the trail system (47.654076, -122.537260)), and from other surrounding roads.

Golf course edit

Buy edit

Eat edit

There are a variety of excellent restaurants on Bainbridge, with a full-range of cuisines and price-ranges.

Drink edit

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Go next edit

Seattle is to the east via Washington State Ferry The rest of the Kitsap Peninsula is to the west via the Agate bridge.

Routes through Bainbridge Island
PoulsboSuquamish  NW   SE  Ends at ferry terminal

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