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Spring at the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island

Spring at the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island

From the first day we moved to Suquamish, Washington we had friends telling us about the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island.  Always being busy and never being bored, we’d never carved out time to visit.  Well, we finally did and it was amazing!

Spring at the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island is a perfect Pacific Northwest experience. Gardens, views and meadows: perfect. 2traveldads.comWe’re going to keep it brief because the best way to explain the Bloedel Reserve and how incredible it is is by sharing, for lack of a better word, a photo essay with you.  If you don’t like beautiful pictures, just stop reading in a moment, but know that we were so wowed with our visit that we bought a family annual membership before we left.

What makes the Bloedel Reserve incredible

If you’ve been to the Butchart Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia you know how amazing and calming a grand, well maintained garden is.  Take that concept and put it into the Seattle area… which is totally laid back and all about keeping the world green and natural.  The Bloedel Reserve is the perfect blend of natural landscape with native plants and carefully crafted gardens, varying in style and theme.

We love the Butchart Gardens, like, really love them a lot, but upon driving away from the Bloedel Reserve we all said that we much preferred that experience to the more well know Canadian Butcharts.  Agh, enough talking.  Now for our photo essay of a spring day at the Bloedel Reserve.

The Meadow and Deciduous Forest

The Bird Refuge

And because it’s nice to see what it sounds like and looks like when things move…

The Pacific Northwest Woods

The Bloedel Residence

The Bloedel Residence is a beautiful house built on or around 1928 (so mysterious).  You can tour the main floor and peek just a bit up the grand staircase to the upstairs.  The walls are home to some beautiful family paintings and art collection, as well as rotational local artists on the main level.

The Views

The Glen

The Japanese Garden

The Moss Garden

As you can see, we were beyond taken with the Bloedel Reserve.  It’s a practically unknown gem on Bainbridge Island.

Fun for kids at the Bloedel Reserve

It doesn’t take much for us all to have fun, but something great at the Bloedel Reserve is the Eye Spy scavenger hunt.  When you first arrive and get your map of the reserve, they’ll also give you a four page scavenger hunt to get your kids (or adults) excited and involved in the Reserve experience.  While we were successful at finding all of the items on the guide, there were a few that were challenging for the kids.  It made the day a continual process and really held the kids’ interest.

Tip:  if you’re touring a conservatory, large garden or even museum, check with the desk to see if there is a scavenger hunt to share with your kids.  It’s a fun way to make learning happen without telling your kids… if you’re sneaky like we are…

Getting to the Bloedel Reserve

Agate Passage Bridge to Bainbridge Island in the Fog 1If you’re in the Seattle area, it’s easy to get to the Bloedel Reserve.  You can take the ferry from downtown Seattle across to Bainbridge Island.  It’s a half hour boat ride and well, who doesn’t love to get out on the water?  You can also take a ferry to Kingston from Edmonds, and then you’ll drive a half hour south to the Reserve.  If you’re visiting from the south, such as Tacoma, you can drive about an hour to the westernmost tip of Bainbridge Island.  The Bloedel Reserve is close to Suquamish, Kingston and Poulsbo, so there are plenty of other reasons to be in the area too.


Monday 25th of April 2016

I'm glad you finally got a chance to visit. There are so many things to do around me too that I haven't gotten a chance to explore. This place looks so lush and awesome for the kiddos. Cute video too.


Sunday 24th of April 2016

What a relaxing spot! And I could totally see us living in that house! 


Sunday 24th of April 2016

This is a wonderful place to spend the day, incredible greenery all around and I especially liked the concept of the Scavenger Hunt, what a fun way to keep up the interest of the kids and adults and also learn something in the bargain.


Sunday 24th of April 2016

How lucky you guys are so have so many awesome places close by...its constantly reminding me that I need to explore more of my area here at home. Plus the beautiful nature you guys have too is awesome.

Archana Kapoor

Friday 22nd of April 2016

Lush green and so beautiful. While the park is so impressive, I loved the house too :)