Bainbridge Island is a city and island in Puget Sound and the second largest city in Kitsap County. The island is connected to Seattle via the Washington State Ferries system and to Poulsbo by State Route 305, which uses the Agate Pass Bridge. Bremerton lies to the southwest of the Island.
Although it is just a quick ferry ride from the middle of downtown Seattle, it feels a world away with its charming shops, beautiful gardens, forests, beaches, history and culture. Boasting delicious food, local wine, and craft beer, Bainbridge makes for an easy escape from the city.
The island has four centers of commerce. Winslow is the downtown core and has most of the shopping and dining. Lynwood Center on the south end of the island has several restaurants and a small hotel. Fletcher Bay, which is centrally located, has a small grocery store and one restaurant. Rolling Bay, on the east side of the island, is a small commercial center.
In addition to the city dock, the Island has two Marinas. Eagle Harbor Marina is located directly across the water from Winslow and the state ferry docks. The marina enjoys a spectacular view of the entire harbor along with easy boating access to central Puget Sound.
Bainbridge Island Marina & Yacht Club is tucked away quietly in the beautiful Puget Sound. The 50-slip, full service marina offers great facilities as well as quality customer service.
Bainbridge Island has some of the most beautiful and accessible parks and trails in all of Washington. The island holds more parks and public lands per capita than any other western state.
Battle Point Park is a 90-acre hub of activity with its enormous, volunteer-constructed playground structure, walking paths, soccer fields and duck ponds. It’s the natural host of several annual community events such as the bluegrass festival, Wagfest, the summer concerts series and Shakespeare in the Park.
Waterfront Park is conveniently located in Winslow. It has a popular playground area for children set in the upper area and extends to Eagle Harbor’s water’s edge where rowing teams haul out. In late summer evenings, this park even hosts a movie in the park series.
The 137-acre Grand Forest Park has a gorgeous, 4300′ waterfront view of Rich Passage. The recently expanded trail system offers hiking in hilly trails passing by Fort Ward’s historical military artifacts and also a boat ramp on the lower level of the park for easy access to the water.
Bloedel Reserve has been named one of the ten greatest botanic gardens in the United States by USA Today. This 150-acre former private estate home is now a public garden open for walks through its tranquil woods, moss garden and serene Japanese garden. It hosts concerts, lectures and special family events.
The population was 23,025 at the 2010 census.
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