IslandWood's sky-high canopy tower. Image courtesy of IslandWood
2. Canopy tower and tree houses at IslandWood
Reasons to visit IslandWood abound. This unique 255-acre outdoor learning center on Bainbridge Island offers three fantastic options for exploring kids, along with 6 miles of wooded trails and an amazing garden.
One exciting feature for kids is the 150-foot-tall forest canopy tower, a rebuilt fire tower. Formerly situated in the North Cascades, it now sits on the edge of IslandWood’s ravine. At the top, the view is spectacular, with sightlines to Puget Sound and the mountains. (Note: This spot probably does not suit those afraid of heights.)
In addition, IslandWood includes two tree houses, the Bog Tree House and the Learning Tree House. The Learning Treehouse appears more modern while the Bog Tree House looks more magical, as if elves or fairies might live there.
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, look for Open Trails Day or other events marked as "kid-friendly" and be sure to RSVP early. Pets are not allowed at IslandWood.
Also don’t miss: Cross the 190-foot suspension bridge 60 feet over Mac’s Creek and see a 92-foot Douglas fir beam weighing almost 9,000 pounds built into the truss system of IslandWood’s Welcome Center.