Many people make their way over to Bainbridge Island in the summer. Many walk on the ferry, but many drive too. If you drive, I recommend you explore far beyond downtown Winslow and check out our amazingly scenic parks. They are great if you have kids, or not. All will get you out of your car for a walk and you will see some of the better “local” sites on the island.
On the north end. Great scenic views of Seattle and marine traffic. Camping. A play structure for kids and adirondack chairs for mom and dad. A super spot at low tide and massive amounts of drift wood if you want to get creative.
Lytle Beach and Fort Ward are on the sunny south end. Lytle Beach is a road’s end beach. Warm and sunny, with chairs and paddle boards for public use. Fort Ward has a boat launch and is great for walks and runs along the water.
On the south end as well, a great spot for fishing, crabbing, pier jumping or just gazing at the water. One of our favorite spots on the island. Stop by the Treehouse Cafe for a bite to eat on your way home.
On the north end. This park has it all. I love the 1.5 mile walking/running loop. The play structure is the best on the island. Lots of green grass and open space. Tennis, superb soccer fields, an indoor gym, baseball fields, pond, covered eating areas . . . the list really goes on.
This could be a first or last stop coming from the ferry. Hawley Cove is in Wing Point and it is a nice spot to watch the ferries come and go. An easy walk to the beach and this is one of the best beaches on the island for collecting sand dollars.