When you visit Seattle, you will be enticed to buy a City Pass that gives you a variety of touristy options to choose from, bundled at a reasonable price. I’ll quickly highlight the good and the bad:
- Seattle Aquarium
- Argosy Cruise
- Pacific Science Center
- Woodland Park Zoo
I bolded the Argosy Cruise, because the topic of this blog, the Ferry to Bainbridge, is a superior nautical experience.
The Argosy Cruise is ok. Costs $22. You have to wait in line and take a picture before you get on. You’ll be jostling with other tourists to find the best seat/view, with most of the best seats being outside. It’s narrated by an attendant who calls out some cool facts about the surrounding area. There’s a bar with limited food options. It’s nice to be out on the water, but all in all its just ok.
The Ferry to Bainbridge is awesome. Costs $10. The boat you’re on is huge, and you don’t have to wait in line to get on. There will be no jostling for seats because there are comfy booths throughout the lower deck in a temperature controlled area, with the option to go up to the sun deck to get a full view of the Puget Sound. I’m always impressed with how many people load onto this thing and yet there’s never a feeling of it being crowded. It’s very nice.
You won’t miss the narration that you would get with the Argosy Cruise. The Seattle skyline you sail away from is impressive on its own. Once you get closer to Bainbridge, beautiful waterfront homes can be seen along the coast of the island. They are a sight to behold by themselves. If you are a yuppie moving into that “starting to look at houses stage” you’ll love it.
And I haven’t even gotten started on the food and bar! There is a plethora of options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. From boutique baked goods to Ivars Seafood Chowder , you won’t have a problem satiating your craving when you get on this vessel. They have a plethora of beers and ciders that you can drink in the designated dining area, along with a true espresso bar, adding to its Seattle charm.
I was hesitant to bring my visiting friends on the Ferry as something to do on its own. After all, its purpose is to transport people and cars to Bainbridge Island. It’s not billed as a “thing to do” while Argosy was, but I figured I’d risk it. They ended up loving it. It was cheaper than any of the things on the City Pass. We got to talk to each other instead of talking over a narrator. It’s now on my list of “must dos” for friends visiting for the first time.
Once we got to Bainbridge we had to leave the ship so they could do a security sweep, but instead of exploring Bainbridge (there was much more of Seattle for them to see) we just hopped back on the boat and enjoyed the skyline on the way back.
Rating: Awesome 9.5/10
Will I Do It Again: Several Times