Points of Interest

In addition to the spectacular views afforded to an island traveler, there is an extensive park system, top-notch wines, organic farm produce, challenging bicycling, an historical museum, Grand Forest and the Bloedel Reserve; all packed into 40 square miles.

Downtown Winslow

Winslow, emanating charm and history, is the main town on the island, and within walking distance of the ferry terminal. Although outlying neighborhood centers shouldn’t be missed, the majority of the island’s retail shops and excellent restaurants are located in or near Winslow.

Bainbridge Island Winery

Bainbridge Island Winery is just off Highway 305 on Day Road East. It offers walking tours, a museum, wine tasting, and sales of German-style wines. It is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m.

Bainbridge Parks

Three popular parks are on the waterfront, Fay Bainbridge and Fort Ward State Parks, as well as Winslow’s Waterfront Park. Interior favorites include Gazzam Lake, Strawberry Hill, Battle Point, Island Center, and Meigs Parks. Administered by the local Park District, these locations offer arts and recreation classes; baseball and soccer fields, tennis courts, picnic sites and playgrounds for all ages.

Bloedel Reserve

The Bloedel Reserve was for years the private summer retreat of one of the northwest’s major timber families. The Bloedel home and guest house, along with its remarkable 150-acre international specimen garden and wildlife habitat, is now open to the public. Reservations should be made, as visitors are limited in order to preserve tranquility on the grounds. The Bloedel Reserve is arguably the greatest unheralded gem of the island.

Bainbridge Gardens

Bainbridge (Harui) Gardens is a large plant nursery and specimen collection with a history special to Bainbridge Island. It was overgrown and almost lost during the period of Japanese-American internment; but now, Junkoh Harui has reclaimed his father’s life’s work and restored a piece of Bainbridge heritage.

Experience the Schooner Adventuress

Mission: “Sound Experience sails the historic schooner Adventuress to help people discover Puget Sound and learn from its majesty and vulnerability. Whether you are aboard Adventuress for a day sail or a week long trip through the San Juan Islands, you will find out what we mean when we say that the ship is a metaphor for the Earth: a closed system that requires understanding and care, and sails best when all aboard are working together. Our focus is educational because we believe that people will protect what they learn to value. As they voyage through the Puget Sound basin, Sound Experience participants are encouraged to realize their interdependence with the ship, the natural environment and each other. They see how their daily behavior makes a difference. And they respond with a growing spirit of cooperation, community, stewardship and responsibility.”

Historical Museum

This museum is located in an old schoolhouse in downtown winslow behind Bainbridge Performing Arts. The museum showcases and preserves the island’s fascinating history.

Islandwood Environmental Learning Center

Located on 255 acres on Bainbridge Island, the Puget Sound Environmental Learning Center (PSELC) is a new non-profit educational resource for the Puget Sound region offering ecologically-based science and humanities day programs in an outdoor setting.