Things to Do on Bainbridge Island

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Bainbridge Island is a quaint, quiet little island a half an hour ferry ride away from Seattle. There are so many things to do on Bainbridge Island including strolling a cute town full of restaurants and boutiques as well as parks, nature trails, beaches, wineries, and so much more to explore around the island!

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My Recommendations

Healthy Restaurants

Cafe Hitchcock

This is my go-to place for an oat milk matcha and a quick bite to eat. I LOVE their avocado toast and their kale salad.

The Harbour Public House

Located on Eagle Harbor overlooking the marina and a short walk from town, this spot is a must due to the location and high-quality ingredients. My go-to meal is the Asian Salmon Sandwich turned into a salad. The sauce is so dang good!

Agate Restaurant

An upscale PNW classic with healthy and gluten-free options. Indoor and outdoor seating. Perfect for a date night but not the place I would take my kids.

Hey Day Farm

This farm-to-table restaurant is one of my favorites on the island. The vibe. The setting. The food. The only caveat is that you must book reservations in advance and they are only open a couple of nights a week. Those nights vary depending on the time of year.

Treehouse Cafe

Treehouse Cafe is located on the south end of the island in Lynwood Center. They offer an array of dishes including gluten-free pizza. My absolute favorite pizza is the South Beach Baja which has a really yummy cilantro pesto.

Jake’s Pickup

Don’t let the fact that this place is in a gas station fool you. This grab-and-go island favorite offers organic, gourmet, and lots of paleo & gluten-free options. Because of the pandemic, they have limited their menu. However, it is still a good place to grab a quick and healthy treat or snack.

Places to grab a drink

Bainbridge Alehouse

Great downtown location right up from the ferry. Tons of local beers and ciders on tap. Perfect place to stop for a drink while waiting for the ferry. Kids are not allowed at this location.

Bainbridge Brewery

Located in Coppertop, which is mid-island. Tons of local beers and ciders on tap. Kid-friendly. This location has food trucks on Wednesdays & Saturdays.

Bainbridge Organic Distillery

This distillery has award-winning World’s Best Vodka and Whiskey. They source their grain locally and produce USDA Certified Organic spirits that are incredibly smooth.

The Harbour Public House

Located on Eagle Harbor and a short walk from town, this spot is a must due to the location. Lots of good beers on tap if beer is your thing.

Earth & Vine Wine Bar

This cute little wine bar is located on the South End of the island in Lynwood Center.


Bainbridge is home to many different wineries and is a great place to go wine tasting in the summer. Visit Bainbridge Wineries for more info.


Salt House Merchantile

This adorable boutique located in Winslow features fine gifts, small batch foods, clean bath & body products, and artisan housewares.

Conservatory Coastal Home

This coastal boutique features an eclectic variety of accessories, home goods, original artwork, and much more. In addition, they offer fun, chic camping supplies for sailors and outdoor adventures.

Petit & Olson

A high-end lifestyle boutique located in Winslow filled with a wide selection of contemporary and international women’s, children’s and men’s clothing, home decor, jewelry, and gifts.

Alexander & Nye

A boutique located in Lynwood Center with the most beautiful home goods.

Bay Hay & Feed

A must when coming to Bainbridge. Bay Hay & Feed is an old-fashioned feed store that has a little bit of everything. It’s a one-stop-shop for so many things- a quick coffee or snack, indoor and outdoor plants, gifts, clothing, pet food, and my favorite- locally inspired food and produce. They even have a little sitting area in the nursery and turkeys out back that are fun for kids!

Willowtree Health Market

A health food store in Winslow that it all. Healthy snacks and treats, supplements, body care, organic wines, locally made gifts, greeting cards, and kombucha on tap!

Parks & Trails

Bloedel Reserve

Bloedel Reserve comprises 150 acres of natural woodlands, manicured gardens, and the former Bloedel estate home. It is a beautiful place to take a walk and soak in the unique blend of gardens all year round. Make sure to make a reservation ahead of time!

Fort Ward Things to do on Bainbridge
Fort Ward Park Waterfront Trail

Fort Ward

Fort Ward Park is located on the south end of the island. We love to go on bike rides on the paved path, explore the unpaved trails, pick berries, plums, and apples, and go beachcombing!

Battle Point Park Things to do on Bainbridge
Battle Point Park

Battle Point Park

Battle Point Park has a 2-mile path around the park, sports fields, a pump track, ponds, tennis courts, two playgrounds (one of them is brand new), and so much space to explore.

Fay Bainbridge

Fay Bainbridge is a park on the beach with a new playground, lots of space to run, an amazing beach to explore with beautiful views, as well as campsites.

The Grand Forest

121 acres of dense fir & cedar forest with moderate walking trails, a creek & a picnic table in the center of the island.

To see the top 5 hikes to do with kids on Bainbridge, visit this blog post.

Other things to do while on Bainbridge Island

Saturday Morning Farmers Market

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art


Port Townsend

Head to Port Townsend to explore the Olympic Peninsula for a day or more! There are so many fun things to do up there. Visit my blog post titled things to do in Port Townsend for some fun ideas.

Getting to and from the Island

Bainbridge Island is a half an hour ferry ride from Seattle. You can choose to drive your car on the ferry or walk across and leave your car in downtown Seattle. The town of Winslow is a very short walk from the ferry. If you do choose to walk across, you will be in close proximity to restaurants, coffee shops, tasting rooms, boutiques, and a waterfront park.

Ferries can overload during commuter hours and on the weekends so you will need to arrive at the ferry dock with enough time to get inline. Be sure to check the WSF website for ferry times and wait times.

Bainbridge Island also has a bridge on the north end of the island that takes you to Suquamish. From here you can also drive around through Tacoma to get to Seattle. This takes about an hour and a half without traffic.

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