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Awesome Walk-On Ferry Adventures Around Puget Sound

5 ideas for foot-ferry fun in Bremerton, Bainbridge, Kingston, Friday Harbor and more!

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Photo credit: Tobias Eagen
As any Puget Sounder knows, ferry travel around here can be either, well, a nightmare (hours-long line, restless kids, endless snacks) or a ferry tale (you drive right on and enjoy a scenic, leisurely trip punctuated by whale-spotting and a gorgeous sunset). And it can also be expensive — almost $50 round-trip to Friday Harbor in peak season for a vehicle and one driver.

The debut of a San Juan Islands ferry reservation system last year will help alleviate some ferry stress, but we still love the car-free solution, especially for day trips. First, no need to show up super early; simply park and amble on. Second, as any parent knows, just being on a ferry is magic for kids: Seagulls! Sea lions! Popcorn! Long stretches of ferry deck to run around on!

Once you’ve walked off, depending on your destination, you could tour a Navy warship (Bremerton), play at a children’s museum (Bainbridge), eat a scoop of world-class ice cream (Kingston), visit a whale museum (Friday Harbor) or while away the day at the best sandy beach in Puget Sound (Jetty Island). Here are five ideas for foot-ferry fun, followed by some simple variations.

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