Thinking that the Washington Island would not be that great to take a car, we bought the package ferry/train tour. Washington Island Ferry has far fewer trips to the island than the other vendor that has both car and tourist travel. The ferry ride was fine, but they don't operate on a strict time schedule at all. The trolley tour was atrocious. It is impossible to get around the island without a vehicle--it's 27 miles around. Attractions are far apart. The trolley was fast, fast, fast with little or no time to actually see anything. We stopped the longest at a True Value Hardware store that sold fudge. That was about 20 minutes. We then had a 10 minute stop at a wooden church--hurry, hurry, hurry and take your pictures!!! Then we stopped at a charming little farm museum--15 MINUTES!!!! There was a lot to see there and we would have loved to have had another hour to look at the machinery, pictures and view the 13 minute video. We stopped for a grand total of 10 minutes at Schoolhouse beach. It was lovely but throw a couple of rocks for luck, take two pictures and hurry the hell up and get back on that uncomfortable trolley. There were several restaurants on the island but we didn't get to stop and get that lunch--no, way, Jose--no time for that! We ate peanuts for lunch. When we were deposited back on the deck, we decided to wait 1 1/2 hours for the next ferry and eat lunch. The rather rude driver told us there was a restaurant near the next dock where the car ferry docks. We ate pizza, bought from a very nice man. It was good. We also had time to go into a Swedish store and shop for 15 minutes.
I would not waste my time going to Washington Island unless you take your car on the ferry. Take your bathing suits and a picnic--and spend a couple of hours exploring the island and then go swimming. Otherwise--spend the time on the peninsula. We could have gone on a Wine Tour, visited several museums, state parks, nature preserves or beaches--and had plenty of wonderful places to eat!
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