Kingston Things to Do
As part of its attempt to encourage more local activity than just waiting in line for the ferry, the community has created a network of walking trails. These are shown on a sign one block north of the ferry terminal auto entrance toll booth. At the intersection of the road heading towards the ferry terminal (Highway 104 Eastbound is the official designation) and Ohio Avenue, look towards the north side of the road entering the marina parking lot. You will see, sort of hidden in the area near one of the larger trees on the north side of the intersection, a sign that has a map of the trail system.
One side of this area sign is a much more expensive and extensive map listing local businesses, and is sponsored by the area Chamber of Commerce. The other side of the sign is a much less official set of maps of the trail system and nearby parks. This is the map shown here in photo 1.
Trails include local parks, city sidewalks, unpaved roads, and gravel walkways beside roads.
The trails are marked reasonably well with brown and white signs, as shown in Photo 2 and 3. However, these signs are sized so that they are not especially noticeable to motorists, and therefore it is easy to miss them if you are looking for them in your car. Witness the sign in photo 4, which is at the southern entrance to Quiet Place Park.
The trail system connects downtown Kingston with a number of local parks. Most of these do not have special features that would make them much of an attraction in and of themselves. However, some of them are reasonably attractive and certainly more of interest than sitting in your car waiting for the next ferry.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
9120 NE Kiwi Lane, Kingston, Washington, 98346, United States
Good for: Couples
Kingston is located on the west end of the Kingston - Edmonds ferry. As much of the traffic is Seattle to Olympic Peninsula traffic there isn't a huge amount of passenger only traffic.Don't expect too much at the Kingston Ferry Terminal! It may be one of the more busy terminals on the system, but almost all of this is automobile and truck traffic....more
On September 28, 2012 The Soundrunner Ferry Made its Last RunThe Edmonds to Kingston ferry is one of the most crowded ferry routes, and people trying to get their automobiles onto the ferry sometimes face a two hour wait. Those wishing to get from Kingston to downtown Seattle face a number of slow public transit options once they arrive on the...more
When you are visiting the Olympic Peninsula you can catch the ferry from Kingston to Edmonds (then a 20 min, drive to Seattle), you have a few different options to get back to Seattle, the most popular option is to 'catch the ferry'. (Washington State Ferry) Puget Sound crossing time is approx. 30 minutes from Kingston to beautiful Edmonds. You can...more
Kingston Local Customs
Washington State Ferries has done quite a lot of work to try to tell people about the long lines at the ferry terminal in Kingston. They were one of the first places in the USA to install above-highway reader boards: the first one was to tell people how long the wait time was for the Kingston Ferry and suggesting alternative times at Bremerton or other routes.
The Washington State Ferry System has cameras at the ferry terminal so that people can use their laptop or smart phone to look at the lines in real time.
And still, people wind up waiting in long lines in Kingston.
It should not be too surprising that there are a number of comments and rude jokes circulating about the sheer amount of time people spend waiting in line for the ferry, stacked up along Highway 104.
These have become so common that some of the more polite ones are even features on the Kingston tourist map (see photograph).Related to:
- Road Trip
Kingston Tourist Traps
While Kole-Koa Park is featured on the local tourist map, there really isn't anything here of any special interest. All it really has is a boy scout troop building, a pre-scchool, and a baseball field and an outdoor tennis court / basketball court.
While it is the second closest park to the ferry terminal (Mike Wallace Park is right next to it), there isn't even a bench here so you are better off trying to find something else somewhere else. It most certainly isn't here, whatever you are looking for.
Kingston Off The Beaten Path
Hiring on to the Washington State Ferries in 1953, Ralph "Larry" White served the Washington State Ferry system until retirement, and ultimately served as Assistant Deputy Director.He originally started as a ticket taker on the Edmonds - Kingston route, and these observation decks were conceived as a tribute to him by three of his Edmonds high...more
Other than the picnic shelter, a small playground and the tennis courts, there isn't a whole lot in Village Green Park of a developed nature. There is a skate park, but getting to it from the main entrance of the park requires some bushwacking through some pretty wild suburban tangle.However, perhaps one of the good features of this park is that it...more
This small beach park is easy to overlook as there is only one way down to it, and it involves trying to get across the inbound and outbound traffic from the ferry terminal and walking down a long sidewalk along the existing ferry lanes to the walkway that goes down to the beach.The beach is small, but it appears to be mostly sand, and many Puget...more