Bainbridge Island is only 8.5 miles away from downtown Seattle, and is best reached via the 35-minute Washington State Ferry from Coleman Dock. Getting here can require a little bit of patience and advanced planning, but luckily, it’s one of the few destinations on this side of the Puget Sound that is not only easy to get to, but easy to get around. We recently posted a blog that serves as an excellent guide to the many different options for transportation on Bainbridge Island. But truly, we think one of the easiest and most interesting ways to get around Bainbridge Island is without a car. Much of Bainbridge Island is walkable, and when things get a little too far, there are always bikes available to rent. Once you start exploring, we don’t think you’ll want to stop. Check availability at the many Bainbridge Island Lodging properties, so you can keep the adventure going.
Bainbridge Island is a unique destination and one that is easy to visit without a car. In fact, the majority of shops and restaurants are located within an easy 15-minute walk from the ferry terminal, and the broader community is bike-friendly and easy to navigate. Once you’re on Winslow Avenue, which runs through the historic heart of Bainbridge Island’s downtown, take your time to explore the charming shops, visit with locals, and stop in for a warming cup of coffee or a delicious bite to eat at our restaurants and eateries. Here are a few of our favorite places that you can easily visit on Bainbridge Island without the hassle of bringing a car over:
Want to see more of the island? Book an excursion with Tour Bainbridge. They will give you a VIP experience and take you sightseeing, wine tasting, to Bloedel Reserve, Fay Bainbridge, the Japanese Exclusion Memorial, and more.
And you can always rent a bike. You can rent either at Classic Cycle on Winslow Way, or the Bike Barn near the ferry. It’s fun to get lost on the winding roads of the island (you can never really get too lost), and it’s also a great way to explore the entire island. A few destinations for you to consider are the following:
If you want to see these things but don’t want to be working up a sweat on a bike, don’t worry! Just refer back to our transportation blog for the myriad of options available to those without a car on Bainbridge Island. It’s easy to get here, but we’ve made it even easier to get around! Once you’re here and see how easy it is to get around without a car, you’ll want to spend more than a day here. Luckily, there are plenty of choices for lodging on the island, from traditional Inns and boutique hotels, to short term vacation rentals and AirBnB’s. Check availability at our association of properties, and book your getaway to Bainbridge Island today.