Travel in My Town: Bainbridge Island, Washington

Please help me welcome Trish from 3 Kids and a Breakdown! She is here sharing some of her favorite things to do with kids in Bainbridge Island, Washington. I am embarrassed to admit that I had to look it up on a map. I can’t imagine having to hop a ferry to get to a nearby city. My kids would think that was an adventure in itself! Be sure to stop by Trish’s blog where she writes an honest account of all things parenthood. There is no sugar coating and I love it! 

I am really enjoying my new Travel in My Town series because I am learning more about places that have long since been on my list to visit and adding some that weren’t previously on my radar.  Do you want to share your favorite things about your town?  Send me an email at jennifer at twokidsandamap dot com.

Welcome, Trish!

I’m excited to introduce you to my idyllic town of Bainbridge Island, Washington. We are a 35 minute ferry ride away from Seattle in Puget Sound.  I’m not going to lie it rains on occasion (9 months out of 12, give or take), but it’s still an amazingly beautiful island with a ton of fun things for you and your entire family.  I’m happy to share our family’s favorite island activities with you.

Bloedel Reserve is a beautiful 150 acre public garden. It was once a private estate belonging to Prentice and Virginia Bloedel. The reserve includes landscaped gardens, including a Japanese Garden, a Moss Garden, and Reflection Pool, and the Bloedel’s former estate home. The grounds are breath taking year round. You can easily spend hours exploring the 150 acres.

Photo by Wendy Wallace

They offer a variety of seasonal activities, such as the squash scavenger hunt my girls took part in last fall.

Fay Bainbridge  is a perfect spot for a family picnic. It’s a beautiful spot to enjoy the sound while sitting on the shore. The kids love the playground just feet from the beach. There are picnic tables and a fireplace/oven that you can use.  You can also camp here. We’ve not done that yet.

Fort Ward is a beautiful park with a 2 mile hiking trail that our family loves. It’s a beautiful hike in any season. We like to walk down to the salmon farm where we are often greeted by seals. My kids love to explore the old bunker.  Once you get to South Beach you are rewarded with a view of Mt. Rainier.  There are also picnic tables, a boat launch and views of Rich Passage where you can see the ferries going by.

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Battle Point Park  There are a lot of great playgrounds on the island, but our family’s favorite is definitely Battle Point Park. The playground has equipment for little ones and big ones, alike. All 3 of my girls are thoroughly entertained when we are at this playground.

Photo by Wendy Wallace

Battle Point Park is also home to a lovely duck pond. We enjoy feeding the ducks and seeing the babies each spring.

Photo by Wendy Wallace

Another of my girls’ favorites is the Battle Point Park’s planetarium.  At 27½ inches in diameter it is the largest publicly accessible telescope in the Northwest.  The Battle Point Astronomical Association holds free monthly star parties, which include planetarium shows and telescope viewings that are open to the public.

Photo by Wendy Wallace

Kidimu – Pronounced kiddy moo and short for Kids Discovery Museum. A short a walk from the ferry and a ton of fun for kids of all ages.  On the entrance level you will find a grocery store full of all sorts of food stuff, a cash register, aprons, shopping carts and a scale to weight your goods. There is also a medical office and a bank, equally out-fitted with play things that are also educational. There is a picnic area for all that loot you bought at the grocery store.  It’s right near the ferry.  You’ll find a small gift shop area and the pirate tree house.  There is a small area for crawlers with all manner of soft toys, puzzles and a rocker for mama (or dada).  Upstairs is a design studio that has craft supplies set out. There is also Science Hall where your little ones can discover velocity, gravity and acceleration while playing with golf balls in the motion madness and fun with physics exhibits. Check the website for special events and exhibits.

Mora Iced Creamery – After all that playing, hiking, star gazing and picnicing you will need to go to Mora for the best ice cream you’ve ever had! Seriously delicious.  Flavors change with the seasons, but my favorite year round is chocolate peanut butter moreo. My girls like to get a banana split with 3 crazy flavors and all manner of toppings.

My daughter (center) and her two bff’s destroying a banana split in celebration of her 8th birthday last August.

Trish is a stay-at-home-mom to 3 girls, a wife, writer,  and blogger at 3 Kids and a Breakdown. She loves martinis, dessert, trash TV, books and 4-letter words.


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    I hadn’t heard of Bainbridge Island before but it looks gorgeous – I’m really going to have to visit the Pacific NorthWest sometime! Love the first photo – it illustrates perfectly that there is a tradeoff, 9 months of rain results in beautiful greenery like that!