On a Ferry from Bremerton – the Ride’s the Thing

While it’s true that Washington State Ferries – the largest ferry system in the USA – provide much needed transportation on Puget Sound – sometimes the ride’s the thing.

We drove to Bremerton over the weekend to look at a camper (don’t laugh but we’re still on the prowl.) It was a no-go but it didn’t matter. It was a beautiful day so we decided to take the ferry back home to Seattle.

After we boarded, we went up top and I watched the water explode from the submarine sculpture at Harborside Fountain Park.

Then we left port for one of the most scenic ferry rides in Washington.

After leaving the inlet we rounded a corner and were greeted by Mt. Rainier – a little bit under the weather but still majestic.

Around the next corner my favorite city appeared.


I never get tired of that view.

~ Susanne

22 Comments on “On a Ferry from Bremerton – the Ride’s the Thing

  1. I love ferry rides and this would be a great one to experience. The photos are fabulous.

  2. That’s a lovely scenic boat ride on still water. Even I would take that ferry. πŸ™‚
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. I do that with the Staten Island Ferry which is now free. It provides the world’s best view of the Statue of Liberty. I love ferries and mentioned a while ago about the Astoria Megler one when I was a kid before the bridge was built.

    • I took the Staten Island Ferry long, long ago, on my first ever cross country trip, and my first time flying. It was fabulous. My husband has never been to NYC and we hope to make the trip sometime soon and will definitely take the ferry past Lady Liberty when we do! πŸ™‚

  4. Only ferry I’ve ridden on was the one going to Port Townsend from Whidbey Island (I think that’s where it was, it was a long time ago). I don’t do well on ferries because of motion sickness. And we don’t have any that I know of around Yakima! Great pictures and video, Susanne.

    • Thanks! πŸ™‚ I’ve taken most of the ferries around here my whole life and I enjoy them all. But the Seattle-Bremerton run is special because of the views of Mt. Rainier and the city skyline. Sorry you have motion sickness and can’t enjoy the ride.

      • I love video of Mt. Rainier, like yours, where it looks like it is just hanging in the air!

  5. What gorgeous views, Susanne! I would have been happy just on the ferry ride itself and no views, what a bonus. I had no idea the ferry system was so extensive. Something else we need to do πŸ™‚

  6. Gorgeous photos. I don’t think I ever rode the Bremerton ferry. Coming from Port Townsend, the Bainbridge one was my usual. Good views from that one too. The ferry ride out of Port Townsend was shorter, but prone to very rough weather. I had a few adventures on that one!

    • Thanks Graham. πŸ™‚ Since I was born and raised in Seattle, the Bremerton ferry was the easiest round trip ride from the waterfront. We probably take the Kingston-Edmonds ferry the most when we want to get over to the Peninsula. I don’t think I’ve been on a ferry that didn’t have great views! πŸ™‚

      • Oh yes, I forgot about Kington-Edmonds. Used to use that going anywhere at the north end of Seattle. You’re right about the views.

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