Courtesy of Islandwood
Canopy Tower at IslandWood, Bainbridge Island
Reasons abound to visit IslandWood, a unique 255-acre outdoor learning center on Bainbridge, from six miles of wooded trails to treehouses to an amazing garden.
But the most exciting feature for kids is probably the 150-foot forest canopy tower, a rebuilt fire tower (formerly situated in the North Cascades) on the edge of IslandWood’s ravine. At the top, the view is spectacular, with sightlines to Puget Sound and the mountains.
Info: You can only visit IslandWood during public events, and they fill up quickly. Keep the events calendar on your radar — and note that the events listed as "adult-friendly" but not including the term "kid friendly," such as a Public Site Tour, are designed for adults only. Instead, go for Afternoon on the Trails or other event marked as "kid-friendly" and be sure to RSVP early.
Also don’t miss: Cross the 190-foot suspension bridge 60 feet over Mac’s Creek and see a 92-inch Douglas fir beam weighing almost 9,000 pounds built into the truss system of IslandWood’s Welcome Center.