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“Inexpensive, Scenic, Fun With Treasure at The End!”

Washington State Ferries
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$99.50*
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Seattle to Victoria Ferry: One-Way and Roundtrip Tickets
Ranked #3 of 460 things to do in Seattle
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed May 28, 2014

Sometimes the local transpiration system in a city offers some of the best views and value for visitors yet is often overlooked. From the waterfront in Seattle, leave the Washington State Ferries taking people to the Kitsap Peninsula across the sound, specifically Bainbridge Island and Bremerton. This is one of the largest ferry systems in North America, safe, efficient and fun! I will recommend you take the 35 minute ride to Bainbridge Island where you can easily walk from the ferry dock there to the small but fantastic downtown area. But back to the ferry for a moment. These are called "Ultra Jumbo Ferries" and have four levels, two for cars, a main passenger deck inside and upper solarium deck on top. they can carry up to 215 cars and 3,000 people so you can walk on or drive your car. Caution cars often wait up to several hours in the summer due to crowding and the ferry systems tacks on a surcharge for the summer upping the price. You pay for the car and driver going to and from Bainbridge, passengers pay only in Seattle for the round trip. Views of Puget Sound are amazing and great shots of Mt. Rainier. Nice galley for coffee or a snack. Now back to Bainbridge. This bedroom community of about 22,500 people was discovered about 20 years ago as one of the best keep secrets in America and has grown tremendously since, including a very charming 3-4 block downtown full of shops and places to eat. During the summer there is a really neat farmers market which you will love. Some highly rated restaurants include Hitchcocks, Four Swallows and San Carlos, the first two I urge reservations for. Try the Streamliner Diner for breakfast, also busy in summers. You can browse the new art museum, rent a kayak or paddle boat in Eagle Harbor just to name a few activities. If you drive check out the famous Bloedel reserve,
Faye Bainbridge Park and the quaint farm store Bay Hay and Feed. You will not be disappointed by taking a ferry ride, part of the local color and culture in a water based city. Feel free to drop me an e-mail if you want to know more, I love playing tour guide here!

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Reviewed May 28, 2014

When you walk on, it is very reasonable. A nice day trip to another port. Spend the day shopping or just go for lunch and return. They are usually on time and great views and a pleasant ride.

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Reviewed May 28, 2014

We love the Washington State Ferry - especially the Bremerton run. Puget Sound never disappoints regardless of the weather. And if you are on foot - you only pay one way (and it is cheap). A great way to see Seattle from the water. An extra added bonus is to drop in to Anthony's Home Port next to Bremerton Port for a snack/drink/dinner -- glorious!

Thank Cheryl M
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Reviewed May 28, 2014

The reason this ride is the best is first of all - it is a nice long ride on usually quiet and somewhat sheltered sea. The ferry weaves in and out among islands and it is quiet and peaceful. Sure, the ferry to Bremerton offers a beautiful view of Seattle, but it is over in a few minutes - but I do recommend that also for visitors. If you plan to get off the ferry for a short visit without a car, I recommend Friday Harbor - nice little town right off the ferry. But Orcas is great for car or bicycling.

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Reviewed May 28, 2014

Saw a pod right off the side of the Ferry! (San Juan Island) Any visit to Seattle area is not complete without a ferry ride.

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