This article was updated May 31, 2013.
Up for an Island adventure? Bainbridge is a great destination for the day or longer. A lovely 35-minute ferry trip across the Sound from downtown Seattle, the ride alone is part of the fun. From the stellar view of Mount Rainier to the Seattle skyline at night to the people-watching and occasional wildlife sightings, your vacation begins on the boat. Dogs are allowed on the outdoor top deck.
Leaving the car behind and hoofing it is an inexpensive and flexible way to travel. And the cool part is the return trip is free.
Once you’ve reached the Island, here are some ideas for walkable fun stuff to do in downtown Winslow, with or without the kids. To find out what locals voted as their Island favorites, check out our 2013 Best of the Island list.
Here are more ideas for fun around the Island: Exploring Bainbridge Beyond Downtown: 36 Hot Spots.
- Munch on a breakfast muffin and sip a latté at popular Blackbird Bakery, 210 Winslow Way E., or grab lunch at their sister spot around the corner, Fork & Spoon, 120 Madrone Ln N #100.
- For hardier breakfast fare, enjoy a meal at Island fixture Streamliner Diner, 397 Winslow Way E.
- Take the kids to the recently expanded and relocated Kids Discovery Museum (KiDiMu), 301 Ravine Lane N.E.
- For regional Northwest art, visit the spankin’s new Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (opening June 14, 2013), 100 Ravine Lane
- Shop for books at Eagle Harbor Book Company, 157 Winslow Way E.
- Tour the Island by bicycle. You can rent bikes in June, July, August, and September at Bike Barn Rentals next to the ferry terminal, 260 Olympic Way S.E.; or at Classic Cycle the rest of the year, 740 Winslow Way N.E. (maps and route suggestions provided at bike shops).
- Rent a kayak and explore Bainbridge Island’s deep inner harbor. Rentals are available from Back of Beyond Explorations, 181 Winslow Way E.and from Exotic Aquatics Scuba and Kayaking, 146 Winslow Way W.
- Visit Waterfront Park. Take a stroll, play tennis, shoot hoops, or take the kids to the playground, on Bjune Dr. behind Town & Country.
- Treat yourself to a bouquet from Flowering Around, 200 Winslow Way E.
- Enjoy Northwest eclectic cuisine at Island mainstay Cafe Nola, 101 Winslow Way.
- Grab vegetarian Vietnamese food to go from Emmy’s Vege House, 100 Winslow Way W.
- Stop for a slice of ‘za and a beer at That’s a Some Pizza, 488 Winslow Way E.
- Sample local Island-made gourmet ice cream (voted among top 25 nationally) at Mora, 139 Madrone Lane.
- Stop in at what many consider to be one of the best yarn stores in the state, Churchmouse Yarns and Teas, 118 Madrone Lane.
- Visit the Bainbridge Island Farmers’ Market on Saturdays, Town Hall Square near City Hall.
- Take in the local art scene in the many excellent downtown art galleries, on Winslow Way and Madison Ave.
- Visit the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum and get some learnin’ on about Bainbridge’s giant lumber mill and infamous role in World War II, 215 Ericksen Ave.
- Visit Dana’s Showhouse (194 Winslow Way E.) or its sister store Danger (285 Winslow Way E.) for one-of-a-kind home furnishings and gifts.
- Enjoy Southwest-style enchiladas and margaritas at San Carlos Restaurant, 279 Madison Ave N.
- Pick up deli sandwiches and soup from Town & Country Market, 343 Winslow Way E.
- Have a picnic at Waterfront Park.
- Take a walk along Eagle Harbor.
- Check out the wide selection of travel gear at The Traveler, 265 Winslow Way E.
- Go wine tasting! Visit Eleven Winery Tasting Room, 287 Winslow Way E.; Eagle Harbor Wine Company Tasting Room, 278 Winslow Way; Island Vintners Wine Shop, 450 Winslow Way E.; The Harbor Square Wine Shop, 756 Winslow Way E.
- Check out the extensive collection of games and toys at Calico Cat Toy Shoppe, 104 Winslow Way W.
- Stop for a tasty treat a few doors down from Calico Cat at Bainbridge Bakers, 140 Winslow Way W.
- See a movie at Bainbridge Cinemas at the Pavilion, 403 N. Madison Ave.
- After the show, dine in one of the many fine Pavilion restaurants, 403 N. Madison Ave.
- Shop for outdoor wear at Wildernest Outdoor Store, 310 Winslow Way E.
- Take in a play at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA), 200 Madison Ave. N.
- Sit back for local, organic, handcrafted cuisine at award-winning chef Brendan McGill’s Hitchcock, 133 Winslow Way E.
- Imbibe the harbor view along with drinks and dinner indoors or out at popular Doc’s Marina Grill, 403 Madison Ave. S.
- Grab a great burger and your choice of Northwest microbrew with a view of Eagle Harbor at Harbour Public House and Marina (“The Pub”), 231 Parfitt Way S.W. (no one under 21 allowed)
- Dine at world-class chef Greg Atkinson’s Restaurant Marché, 150 Madrone Lane.
- Catch some live music and eats at Pegasus Coffee House, 131 Parfitt Way S.W.
- Take in an outdoor evening summer flick or concert at Waterfront Park.
- For a Northwest elegant overnight stay on Bainbridge Island, make an advance reservation at The Eagle Harbor Inn, 291 Madison Ave. S.
- Photos courtesy of two gypsy hearts’, Melissa Doroquez, Back of Beyond Explorations, Hitchcock, Flowering Around Sunroom, Public Harbour House and Marina, and The Eagle Harbor Inn.