In Seattle and seeking out a fun adventure?
A trip on the Seattle ferry can transport you to some of the most diverse and interesting locations around – whether you’re visiting or you live locally.
If you’re looking for a romantic getaway with your partner or an exciting day out with the kids, we’ve got you covered.
Ready to plan your next trip? Let’s do this!
1. Port Orchard
Port Orchard is a bustling area not too far from Seattle. There’s no shortage of things to do here.
If you fancy some education, you can learn about local history at The Veteran’s Living History Museum. If you’re in the mood for a uniquely PNW experience, then a visit to the Log Cabin Museum should be top of your list.
For some time in nature, head to Manchester State Park or Howe Farm Historic Park. The latter is ideal for dog walkers, and you are not obligated to keep your furry friend on a lead.
If you love art, it’s definitely worth checking out Sidney Gallery & Museum, which is housed in the old Masonic Hall.
There are tons of great places to eat in the area. From small, vegan-friendly cafes to luxurious restaurants and bistros.
To visit Port Orchard, you take the Seattle to Bremerton Ferry, then make a short 20-minute drive via the WA-3 and WA-166 E/SW Bay St. If you don’t have a car, you can take the Foot Ferry from downtown Bremerton to downtown Port Orchard.
The ferry to Bremerton is one of the most frequent. It’s a popular choice with locals and tourists alike. You’ll enjoy amazing skyline views during the journey, and there’s tons to do within walking distance of the dock.
The USS Turner Joy Museum Ship is free to look around and really interesting for both kids and adults. A trip to the Puget Sound Navy Museum is a great history lesson, and admission is free here too.
The Bremerton Bug Museum is a really fun place to visit with kids. You’ll get to see lizards, spiders, and preserved insects.
If all those critters don’t spoil your appetite, head to the area around Harborside Fountain Park. There’s plenty of restaurants where you can enjoy a great lunch.
You can get here via the Seattle to Bremerton Ferry.
Winslow is a town located on Bainbridge Island, just a short hop away on the ferry.
The area is home to three small, but interesting, museums. For history enthusiasts, there’s Bainbridge Island Historical Society’s museum. If you’re out with family, then the Kid’s Discovery Museum is an essential visit.
For biking enthusiasts, the backroom museum at Classic Cycles is sure to delight.
If you’re keen to do some shopping during your trip, head to Winslow Way. You’ll find a great range of interesting stores, including the well-known Bainbridge Arts and Crafts. This iconic gallery features the work of over 200 local artists.
The Marina District is a great place to head for food, and you’re guaranteed a great view.
You can get to Winslow from Seattle via the Bainbridge Island Ferry.
4. Friday Harbor
Friday Harbor is the largest town on the San Juan islands. It’s a lovely place for a relaxed stroll. It’s small enough to explore on foot yet packed with hidden treasures.
You’ll find plenty of independent stores and restaurants, so make sure you pop in and support a local business.
If you want to get in touch with nature, you could go kayaking or take part in a dolphin and whale watching experience. For a real thrill, have a go on the San Juan Zip Line and enjoy stunning forest views.
If a day isn’t long enough to enjoy all that Friday Harbor has to offer, camping is a great way to extend your visit. San Juan County Park is a popular camping spot, and there are also plenty of resorts dotted around the area.
You can get here via the Seattle – San Juan Island Ferry.
Coupeville, located on Whidbey Island, is one of Washington’s oldest towns.
Lavender Wind Farm is a popular spot for picnics in the area. The nearby shop sells tons of gorgeous lavender products including soaps, lotions, and oils.
The Historic District is home to a range of independent stores that are lots of fun to explore. Regular events of all kinds are held in the area. It’s definitely worth heading to one of the arts and crafts festivals if you’re looking to buy gifts.
You’ll also find a small but enticing range of places to eat. Toby’s Tavern serves local seafood and Knead and Feed has delicious baked goods.
If you like relaxed strolls around historic towns, it’s certainly worth making a trip to Coupeville.
You can get here through Port Townsend using the Washington State Ferry system via the Coupeville Terminal.
6. Lopez Village
Lopez Village is the hub of the beautiful Lopez Island and it’s a lovely place for a visit.
Lopez Village Park is the perfect place to relax with a snack. Strolling around the local area will lead you to lots of cute shops, nice cafes, and interesting galleries.
If you want to explore Lopez Island further, consider biking, taking a hike to the Shark Reef Sanctuary, or visiting Spencer Spit State Park.
The Lopez Island area is perfect for nature-lovers and anyone who enjoys a great view.
You can get here via the Seattle – San Juan Island Ferry.
7. Victoria, BC
Looking to travel a little further on the Seattle ferry?
Catch the Victoria Clipper and make the three-hour trip to Victoria, BC, and you won’t regret it. Remember, you’re entering Canada, so bring your passport with you.
Once in Victoria, check out the Royal BC Museum, go shopping in Chinatown, get lunch at one of the many restaurants, or hop on a tour bus.
There’s a lot to do, so it’s well worth spending a night or two here.
You can get here using the Seattle – Victoria Ferry.
Why Use the Seattle Ferry?
The Seattle ferry gives you access to so many amazing towns that you’d be crazy not to use it.
As well as broadening your local horizons, you’ll enjoy stunning views while you’re on the ferry, and it’s a great experience for families.
So, if you feel like you’ve exhausted all the places to visit in Seattle, hop on the ferry to get excited about exploring again.
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