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“Fantastic”

Washington State Ferries
Ranked #13 of 490 things to do in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed March 3, 2014

This is the greatest way to see Puget Sound. If you have a day you can make a loop up to Whidbey Island, across to Port Townshend down to Bremerton and back to Seattle. Approaching Seattle at night is wonderful.

1  Thank piotzar
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Reviewed March 3, 2014

I love the ferries, they allow you a different perspective of the area at an easy pace. I am from Seattle but currently having to live in another state, every time I return and ride the ferry I realize much I miss the area and enjoy seeing the city from the water.

Thank annieh60
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Reviewed March 2, 2014

The half hour ride to Bainbridge gives you great views of Seattle, and lots of seagulls. didn't have time to explore Bainbridge, I understand it is charming

Thank Linda L
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Reviewed March 1, 2014

Our favorite ferry trip is to walk on a ferry from Anacortes and travel through the San Juan Islands to Friday Harbor. It is a wonderful trip where you travel very close to the islands and can often see eagles, porpoises and sometimes whales. Friday Harbor has lots of fun shops and galleries and great places to eat. Stay for a few hours and walk back on the ferry to Anacortes.

Two important facts:

1. You only pay westbound when you board in Anacortes.

2. If you ride back on the one ferry a day that travels from Sidney BC to Friday Harbor to Anacortes you will have to be cleared by US Customs when you arrive in Anacortes. You don't need passports or an extended drivers license but it does slow disembarking down by 10-20 minutes.

This a great trip year around!

3  Thank BoatingInSeattle
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Reviewed February 22, 2014

It was a serene experience. A 45 minute ferry ride felt like 5 minutes. It was amazing to spend time on the outside area of the boat even though it was slightly windy and cold.

Thank Cecily N
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