The Bloedel Reserve public garden, on the island’s northeast end, comprises 150 acres, about one-third of which is dedicated to a series of gardens, ponds, meadows and wildlife habitats, including a Japanese garden named one of the top ten in the U.S. The Reserve, once the home of members of the famous Bloedel timber family, is open to the public year-round, from Tuesday through Sunday, except most federal holidays.
Bainbridge Gardens is one of the foremost locally-owned nurseries in the Pacific Northwest, inspired by Zenhichi Harui and his son, Junkoh. Bainbridge Gardens is located on seven acres at 9415 Miller Road NE and features a wide array of plants, flowers, pools, sculptures, unusual trees, shrubs, perennials, bonsai, and other garden oriented items. You can also enjoy espresso, snacks and lunch at an on-site cafe and wander in an extensive gift shop. Visit the Harui Memorial Garden area and see the pear tree trained in the shape of a pear, the red pines, and other historic plants.
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND HISTORICAL MUSEUM
The Bainbridge Island Historical Museum, located in downtown Winslow, is a great place to get acquainted with the island’s intriguing past. Much of the island’s history is at your fingertips at the museum, from Captain Vancouver’s discovery of Bainbridge to the building of tall ships, to the significance of Battle Point Park to both the native Suquamish tribe and during World War II.
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND JAPANESE-AMERICAN EXCLUSION MEMORIAL
Designated a satellite of the Minidoka Interment National Monument in Idaho, the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial commemorates the interment of Bainbridge Island’s Japanese American population – 227 men, women, and children – who were the first in the nation to be evacuated and incarcerated for the duration of the war. The memorial honors those who suffered this injustice and the friends and neighbors who stood beside them and welcomed them back.
BAINBRIDGE PERFORMING ARTS
Bainbridge Performing Arts is the island’s community theater with a mission to educate, entertain and encourage youth and adults in the forming arts of theatre, music and dance. It produces a number of local plays annually in its 250-seat theater and offers regular classes and workshops.
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND MUSEUM OF ART
With a focus on contemporary work by artists from the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas and the western Puget Sound region, the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) opens its doors 7 days a week, 10 AM to 6 PM. Admission is always free. Several galleries include a permanent collection, changing exhibits, and a gallery designed to appeal to kids too! Don’t forget to visit the stunning gift shop for some art goodies!
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND FARMERS MARKET
The Bainbridge Island Farmers Market is held every Saturday from April – December at Town Square, next to City Hall in downtown Winslow. Fresh, locally grown produce and wines are sold along with an assortment of arts and crafts and food. Most weekends feature live music, and several market events – such as the Annual Zucchini Races – are free, fun, and kid-friendly.
Frog Rock, an iconic island landmark, has been gracing the corner of North Madison Avenue & Phelps Road for more than forty years. Sometimes it acquires a costume for holidays. It’s the site of many a souvenir selfie!
KIDS DISCOVERY MUSEUM
Kids Discovery Museum is an interactive place for young children which features a number of exhibits to spark a child’s imagination, while teaching them about the world around them. Play zones include a doctor’s office, construction site, grocery store, post office, and more. The upper level features an oversized lite-brite that spans an entire wall, as well as a physics-based golfball obstacle course!
IslandWood, a 255-acre environmental education and event center, is a model of energy conservation, composting, recycling, and alternative energy sources. Sustainability is at the heart of its mission, design and operation. Programs include the school overnight program, summer day camps, graduate programs, and more. Free public site tours are scheduled twice a month. Sign up online and see the “School in the Woods” for yourself!