If your coming by way of...
If your coming by way of boat, Everett hosts the second largest marina on the West Coast.
The Port of Everett Marina is a full-service marina, providing services and moorage space for approximately 2050 vessels. The marina offers 20’ – 50’ open moorage, 28’ – 50’ covered moorage, and Port-owned and privately owned boathouses. While the marina is predominantly recreational, moorage space is also available for commercial fishing vessels, ranging from 32’ to 65’ in length. Moorage fees vary according to the length and type of slip.
Jetty Island Ferry
This is a companion tip to Jetty Island, which is an island park accessible 2 months of the year. See
I felt that the procedures for working with the Jetty Island Ferry were obscure enough to warrant their own set of photos and tips. In the main photo for this tip, it is possible to see that the Jetty Island Ferry has two decks, and the upper deck is open to the air. The trip is very short, but due to operating costs only a certain number of departures may happen each hour.
As mentioned in my Jetty Island tip, the ferry trip to Jetty Island is popular, and operates on a first-come first-served basis. They ask for a donation to cover their operating expenses (suggested $2 per person) but there is no forced ticket fee.
The ticket booth is located in the far west side of Marina Park, just south of the multi-lane boat launching ramp. Parking for your car is located south of the boat trailer parking area. Currently, transit service to the marina is very limited. Photo 1 is of the very simple ticket booth in the marina area.
Upon arrival at the ticket booth, those with reservations are given their ticket as they are available. Everyone else must wait in line. When the ferry nears ready to depart, those in line are asked to select a ticket from the board, so that the first tickets to go are for that particular sailing, and the next tickets available are then taken (unless someone waits in line for a sailing that is going to happen in a few hours, and in that case they take the boarding passes for the sailing they want). The ticket booth line also features a sign that shows what return sailings are full (see photo 3). This gives you an idea as to when you will be able to return, and if you are unable to return on a sailing that meets your schedule then perhaps it is best to not go over at all in the first place.
Arriving on the opposite side of the water, at the island one of the first things you come to is the board from which you select your return trip. If there are boarding passes hanging from a particular time then it means that there are still departing tickets available for that sailing.
The reason for all this procedure is that the Jetty Island Ferry has only very limited capacity, and therefore by US Coat Guard rules they must not carry any more people than allowed by the permit for the boat.
The pier on the Jetty Island side of things is shown in photo 5. Here, it is possible to see the locations where it is possible to tie up your boat. The building on the left side of the photo is the only restroom facility on the island and is essentially a floating chemical toilet.
Everett Station: Where Everything Converges
Everett Station consists of some offices in the upper levels, but the primary purpose of the structure is as a transportation hub, served by Amtrak (train and thruway buses), Greyhound, Northwest Trailways, SoundTransit regional buses, SoundTransit regional trains, CommunityTransit buses, and City of Everett buses. Several times a day, the station is also served by Skagit Transit buses from and to Mount Vernon. The interior of the station has offices for Greyhound and Amtrak, and the local CommunityTransit / Everett Transit information office is accessed from the side facing the bus platforms.
All of these offices maintain separate office hours, and it is necessary to check the web site of the company that is involved in operating the service in which you are interested to see their Everett Station hours.
The main station room is open from 6am to 10pm daily.
The station is very modern, and yet it is also reasonably attractive. The indoor waiting room area has benches, and a large see-through clock on the side facing the tracks.
The building has a few artworks in it, as well as outside it, including a plaza between the front door of the station and the road (see photo 1). The floor of the main waiting room has a water theme, including traces of blue that have various imprints of boats and ships (see photo 4).
Outside the station, the extensive bus platform area has reasonably well marked stops, but the writing on them is so small it is not easy to determine where the stop you need is located unless you go directly to the stop. I was not able to find a diagram of the station bus stop layout, but I didn't spend a huge amount of time looking.
There is a single coffee shop in the station which serves some lunch and snack items. The food is slightly on the expensive side for what you get, and while there isn't too much around the station it may be worth taking a look at some of the places nearby, if you can manage this. You may wind up paying more in total, but get a better deal in terms of price per amount of feed. About 1 block away there is the old Everett station, which has been turned into a barbecue restaurant that is only open on select days. Several blocks further away there are one or two other restaurants, and further up the hill.
Address: 3201 Smith, Everett, WA 98201
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