From Bremerton to Seattle, Seattle, WA 98104 – Get Directions
WSF is the largest ferry system in the United States, serving eight counties within Washington and the Province of British Columbia in Canada. Counties served include Pierce, King, Snohomish, Kitsap, Skagit, Island, San Juan, and Jefferson Counties. WSF’s existing system has 10 routes and 20 terminals that are served by 28 vessels.
An Easy Way To Spend Some Time On The Water
We took the ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge and it was a great trip. Buying the tickets was a breeze, boarding was painless, and our kids (5 and 2) loved the views and sitting outside. Our biggest disappointment was not seeing any sea life! Once we got to Bainbridge we were easily able to walk from the ferry terminal to the town, and we were happy not to be in the car!
Ferry from Anacortes to Orcas Island
We rode the ferry from Anacortes to Orcas Island (and then back again). We left Anacortes on a Sunday in July. We arrived around 11:30 and had to wait until the 4:00 ferry. Luckily, we had packed some snacks. There is a small snack shack and a little cafe for buying food during the wait. There is also a cute little beach to play on. Unfortunately, there is very little shade...so be prepared to be warm during your wait!
The ferry ride is about an hour long and is gorgeous. Our three year old daughter loved being inside and outside, watching the water and other boats. It was quite fun.
Coming back, we left Orcas Island on a Thursday. We had a couple hour wait before the ferry left, but luckily there are several little shops and restaurants to keep you occupied, and there is a lot of shade to keep you cool. We really enjoyed our time at the ferry landing. And on the ferry ride back to Anacortes we saw a whale! Very exciting!
The ferry ride was a highlight of our trip to Orcas Island.
Definitely more fun than the long way around
If you have never driven a car onto a ferry, I would say the experience is worth it. The views are nice form the viewing decks up top are tough to beat. My little ones were much more happy to take a quick glance outside and then go back to playing with their toys indoors where it was warmer but as someone who gets seasick easily, I am much more comfortable taking in the views of the ports and surrounding islands. Ferry wait times vary on season and time of day so be sure to inquire about suggested arrival times and whether or not reservations are necessary. FYI- the ferry between Port Townsend and Whidbey takes about a half hour and the ferry between Whidbey and the Seattle area is about 15 minutes.