Water Taxi to Vashon Island

One of the best kept secrets of Seattle, along with other local points of interest , are the completely accessible and affordable means of getting out on the water and exploring the scenic waterways. A view of the Seattle Waterfront from the water is a breathtaking change of scenery and perspective.

The Washington State Ferries (cars and dogs also allowed) and the King County Water Taxis (passengers only, no dogs) offer these priceless opportunities for less than $10 pp (eg to Vashon Island it’s $5.75 one-way, bicycles and kids under 5 free, with orca lift only $4.50). Lake was just A few months old when we’d last taken the water taxi to Alki and had wondered about taking it to its other destination Vashon Island. Walk-on as a passenger from the Seattle Downtown Waterfront (even bring your bicycle) and with the tap of an Orca card, 22 minutes later you can find yourself on Vashon Island.

From the ferry landing dock on the north end of the 12 mile long island, an Orca card transfer will buy you a free seat on the waiting Metro and take you up the hill and down the island to your chosen destination. We stayed at “The Charming North End Loft” compliments of Airbnb for initially earning Super Host. It’s lovely! Complete with a suitably charming little free standing gas fireplace to cozy up near while listening to the rain pound down on the skylights overhead. Michael came to join us by car ferry on Saturday morning (yea!) as he worked late Friday night and the Vashon Island Water Taxi offers service week-days only.

Which was your favorite part Lake? The water crossing by boat? The seven platinum blond Golden Retrievers puppies, only 8 weeks old, who greeted us? The (much anticipated) My Neighbor Totoro Miyazaki’s film we watched after making and eating dinner? Without skipping a beat, My Neighbor Totoro was the clear winner. Lake is becoming a Studio Ghibli connoisseur. More on that later. Thanks for tuning in to another “perfect day” I’m glad I spent it with you!

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