After a silly, fun-filled day “Riding the Ducks” in Seattle, my friends and I decided to check out nearby Bainbridge Island. My old pals had just moved from New York, so it was fun that all of us were doing these activities for the first time. (After living in Vegas for more than five years, I know a thing or two about re-visiting the same tourist attractions with out-of-town friends!) Three adults and two kids under the age of five: We were a little late driving to the docks to make the ferry, so we ended up just driving our car right onboard. It was so cool! And very easy. You just drive up, tell them what you want to do, pay accordingly, and drive to where they tell you. It’s quite an experience to watch all of the bicyclists ride on the massive ferry, and then car after car parade on after them.
After landing on the island, we immediately set out on a mission to tire out the youngest of our party so we could then have a bit of adult fun. There’s a little tourism booth when you get off the ferry, and we easily secured a few maps, all of which had the playgrounds clearly marked. We were off!
Our ride around the island was really pretty, coming from the city of Seattle. There is tons of farmland, and it was fun to look for animals. The island is beautiful! We easily found Battle Point Park, 90 acres of sports fields, gardens, and jogging paths. It also has a large, colorful playground.
A group called KidsUp! organized the building of the playground, which opened in 2001. Kids from the community even helped dream up some of the details!
After the kids were sufficiently tuckered out, we headed to the famous Cafe Nola for lunch. The bistro is famous for its Bloody Marys.
Bainbridge Island is no stranger to kids — the restaurant sets up its tables for drawing.
Itching to get outside after being in the city of Seattle? Bainbridge Island is the perfect day trip!
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