Orca adventure

14 Oct

We took advantage of the incredible sunny weather today and went on an Orca adventure. Light rail to University St. Station ($1.75), then a short walk to the ferry terminal. I didn’t have a plan, I just knew I wanted to get on a boat in the sunshine!

Choices at the terminal include Argosy Cruises, WA State Ferries (Bainbridge, Bremerton, and Vashon) and the King County Water Taxi (aka West Seattle Water Taxi). I’d like to take a day trip to Bainbridge, but I need more information about what’s accessible without a car.Pier 55 on weekdays, Pier 50 on weekends

The Water Taxi goes between downtown Seattle and Seacrest Park in West Seattle. It’s only $3.50 ($3.00 with an Orca, kids under 5 ride free) and a 10 minute ride.  It’s currently operated by Argosy, so look for their signs.

It was a pleasant ride, especially nice on the upper deck. There’s a small snack bar–helpful if you’re hungry and also a good way to break larger bills. The Water Taxi requires exact change.  I used my Orca card, which was much more convenient than digging for change–plus I saved $.50!.

Once we were in West Seattle, I ordered some delicious fish and chips from Alki Crab & Fish Co. If I had done my research, I probably would have asked for the order to go and hopped back on the ferry. In the future when traveling alone with baby, I’ll jump back on. If I’m with a friend and it’s happy hour, I’ll hit the deck for something yummy–the drinks menu looks good. Excellent fish and chips, reasonably priced, great view. Very friendly staff and every customer cooed over the baby.

Note: there is no changing table and the restroom is an unheated park restroom. I changed the baby on the grass in the sun, but on a rainy day you’ll be limited to a wet concrete floor or inside the restaurant. Not good choices.

This was a fun outing with baby, but would be even more fun with an older child. My 9 year old niece really enjoyed the trip last summer, and pronounced the tartar sauce at Alki Crab & Fish “the best!”

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