I’m so excited to be launching this summer’s day trip series! If you come here for South Sound fun, don’t worry-I’ll continue to have plenty of that every day, in addition to these special weekly posts on great, one-tank trips that will help you make the most of the rest of your summer!
Today’s adventure is a trip to the sandy beaches of Jetty Island, and it’s a guest post from Holly of FreePlayKids, a blog full of affordable outings for the greater Seattle area.
Recently, C and I decided to spontaneously head to Jetty Island in Everett since it had been such a beautiful morning.
Jetty Island is a beautiful, two mile long island that has a massive, man-made sandbar great for playing and exploring. You have to take a two minute ferry ride to get to it!
We headed there in the early afternoon and arrived at the 10th Street Boat Launch Parking Lot which is free Monday through Thursday and has a $3 parking fee (still “Less than a Latte”!) Friday through Sunday.
We got a 3pm boarding pass and sat in the waiting line for the 2:30pm ferry just in case it had cancellations. I asked the attendants what were the best days and times to come for easier boarding pass pickup, and they said it was completely weather dependent.
You can reserve a ferry if you live in Everett, or if you’re coming from outside of the city with a group of eight or more. Also, be aware that everyone needs a boarding pass, even babes-in-arms.. If you can’t reserve a ferry and find you have to wait, there is a nice, grassy lawn to play on. We were lucky and were the last two that were able to get on the 2:30pm ferry from the wait line.
C was so excited to get on the ferry and ride across to the island. Once we got to the island (about 2 minutes later!) we disembarked and started up the ramp and located the seasonal Floating Restroom. Be aware that there is no electricity or plumbing on the island, so this is a large outhouse for all intents and purposes. There are two stalls in each section and additional space for changing clothes if necessary.
Once you get to the end of the ramp area, make sure to pick up your return boarding pass for the time you would like to leave.
There is a nice little trail that just takes a couple of minutes to walk to the beach area. The beach is long and sandy with some cool photo ops along the way. There are some volleyball nets up off the beach area too.
But the coolest thing about Jetty Island is the massive sandbar. The kids can spend hours playing, digging, building and exploring on it.
We explored and found some mini jellyfish, crab claws and shells that had been left behind by the tide. The water on the edge of the sandbar is shallow, and because of that, unusually warm for this area.
We had an enjoyable, relaxing afternoon. As we were leaving, the kiteboarders were taking off, and they dotted the sky with their colorful kites.
I would highly recommend this outing to anyone as a great way to spend the day! You just have to have a little patience while you wait for an available ferry. And next time I go, I want to walk more about the island as I have read there are eagles and other creatures that call the area home. There are even nature walk tours available too!
Holly Kennedy loves to go on little adventures and explore the greater Seattle area with her active and curious 3 year old. If it is free or “less than a latte” all the better. And she loves to share what she discovers on her blog FreePlay Kids. If this post has you ready to plan your own trip to Jetty Island, make sure to check out her complete post with more pictures and a list of tips to know-before-you-go! I’ll have more day trip and staycation ideas coming your way later this month. If you’d like to submit a guest post, or just give me an idea, leave a comment or drop me a line!