Places to Visit on Bainbridge Island
Dozens of independently owned and operated boutiques and specialty shops line the street of this charming town. An eclectic array of restaurants, galleries and antique shops, are some of the treasures you will find. Three tasting rooms serve five of the island’s wineries. Just a short walk from the Ferry Terminal.
Former private residential estate, now a public 150-acre nature preserve and garden, that is a unique sanctuary for wild animals, plants and the human spirit. An opportunity to enjoy nature through quiet walks in the gardens and woodlands. No reservations required.
Website (206) 842-7631
Bainbridge Island Historical Society and Museum
‘A Voyage through Bainbridge History’ is located in the museum’s 1908 one-room schoolhouse. Themes include Native Americans, Explorers, Mill Towns, Early Shipbuilding, Steamer Transportation, Farming, WWII, the internment of Japanese Americans, and Schools. A picnic area is available in the outdoor exhibit park.
Website (206) 842-2773
Fay Bainbridge State Park
Marine camping park with 1,420 feet of gorgeous, saltwater shoreline on the northeast corner of Bainbridge Island. The fabulous, beachcombing, kid play area, waterfront park offers sweeping views of Puget Sound, the Cascade Mountains including the magestic Mount Rainier. Website (206) 842-3931
Bainbridge Island Japanese American Memorial
Executive Order 9066 authorized internment camps for Japanese Americans during WWII. In 1942, Civil Exclusion Order No. 1 was issued, designating Bainbridge Island as the first area from which American citizens would be forced to leave. This memorial wall re-tracesthe steps, where on March 30, 1942, two hundred twenty seven men, women and children — two–thirds of them American citizens — were forcibly removed from their homes, rounded up by US Army soldiers armed with bayonet-fitted rifles and boarded onto a ferry to Seattle. The memorial is located nearby Pritchard Park which offers wonderful access to the beach with a view of Eagle Harbor.
Website (206) 842-4772