There is no doubt that Bainbridge Island is a fantastic place to live all year round, but summer is one of our favorite times because it gives us the weather and daylight to enjoy the Island’s 27 parks and 36 miles of trails! In celebration of the warmer season, we outlined a few of our favorite destinations below.
The Eagle Harbor Waterfront Park is situated at the water’s edge with access to the recently renovated city dock and public marina. In addition to the 900 foot guest dock, the park features a boat launch and beach access with paddle board and boat rentals in the summer. Move just a few steps up to a playground and lush greenery, and just a bit further to downtown Winslow’s recreation.
Whether attending for one of their fabulous events or coming for a casual trip to take advantage of the fresh air, stunning gardens and wonderful views, Bloedel Reserve is a fun destination for all ages. As their website describes, their “classic Northwest woodlands and gardens allow you to interact with nature in a deeply personal way.” They offer horticulture walks, lectures, entertainment and more; browse their event calendar here.
A 17-acre park situated upon over 1,400 feet of waterfront, Fay Bainbridge Park is an ideal place for both day trips and overnight camping adventures. It affords stellar views of the Sound, with views of Mount Rainier and Mount Baker when the skies are clear. The campground was recently overhauled and provides 14 tent sites, 19 RV sites, and two guest cabins.
Battle Point Park provides recreational opportunities for the young and old, with two miles of trails looping throughout the grounds and a 1.5 mile equestrian trail. Some of our favorite destinations within the park are the duck pond, sports fields, observatory and playground with a castle design that makes kids feel as though they are princes and princesses. You’ll often find free music events there in the summer which are not to be missed.
Walking around Fort Ward State Park provides an engaging history lesson for all, as its structures nod to its storied military history, having been used as a naval fort during WWII. Today, guests enjoy learning of its past and using day facilities including picnic tables and grills. The park is located along the shores of Rich Passage and provides a free boat launch with an underwater park for scuba divers. Campsites are available on a first come, first serve basis.
Founded nearly two decades ago, IslandWood describes itself as “an environmental learning center created to improve access to meaningful, nature-based learning experiences for our region’s children.” They accomplish this through educational programs that include nature hikes, beach explorations, and more; have a look at their upcoming events here. Their gorgeous grounds are also available for weddings and other events as well.
Located near the middle of Bainbridge Island, The Grand Forest offers 8 miles of hiking and equestrian trails with a relatively low grade. The “Main Trail” loop is a fun all-ages trek spanning 1.5 miles that move across a wooden bridge above Issei Creek and a small pond. The highest point of the park has a relaxing meadow and views of the Olympic Mountains when weather permits. These trails are popular for those with canines or kids, with easy access to nearby Battle Point Park for additional recreation.