Bainbridge Island has a treasure trove of spots to get outside and explore, whether by land or sea. Here are my favorite outdoor activities to enjoy.
Seaside Outdoor Activities
As an island with 53 miles of shoreline, it’s ideal for grabbing a kayak or paddle board, sailboat or motor boat no matter what the weather. It doesn’t rain that hard. On a nice day, you’ll most likely see otters sunbathing, birds soaring overhead, fish meandering beneath you, and yes, an occasional whale. The island even has a rowing facility with a new boat house under construction, and it’s almost completed.
Trails to Explore
As you venture inland, you’ll find a myriad of parks to explore. Most residents here can hike to a park from where they live, but it’s also fun to just get out and explore the island. Bainbridge’s public trails network now stretches 42 miles, thanks in part to important nonprofits like the Bainbridge Island Parks & Trails Foundation.
Don’t Forget Your Furry Friends
Jemma and I hike every day, all year long. Yeah for rescue dogs! They’ll get you outside. Dogs can be the best way to break the ice and meet new people as you explore new places and even your own neighborhood. Go save a life and enrich yours at the same time. We have great local organizations that help rescue and rehome dogs, like Kitsap Humane Society.
Biking on Bainbridge
One of my favorite things to do on the island is to bike. Bainbridge Island is so beautiful, and you can cover a lot of ground and really see and hear everything as you pass through. Every year we have a race called the Chilly Hilly that draws thousands of cyclists to the island. It’s challenging and so fun. I hope to see you there next year! And if not there, I hope to see you at one of our great coffee shops or wine bars. Contact me! 😊