I find one of the great enjoyments in life is to take a ferry ride here in the great northwest. I usually take the Bremerton to Seattle ride when family is in town. It does take a little bit longer than driving to Seattle through Tacoma however do not have to worry about traffic or where to find a place to park.
The ferry does allow you to take your car but I usually just go on as a passenger. Parking in Bremerton is not to expensive compared to Seattle and the ticket to ride as a passenger is not very much as well. Also you can just relax and have a good time. The ticket you pay on the return from Seattle. On the Bremerton side you don’t need a ticket so you just walk on.
Bremerton is a nice place to visit if you want to before taking the ferry. The Naval Shipyard is located there so you view some ships going into Bremerton from Gig Harbor. The drive from my home town is about a half hour.
There are coffee shops and restaurants right by the ferry terminal in Bremerton so you can get a drink or a meal along with relaxing before going on board if you have the time. On the Seattle side you go off on the waterfront. Looking to your right you can see Safeco Field where the Mariners play and Century Link Field where the Seahawks and Sounders play. Great ways go to a game as well. Not a long walk or you can take a taxi which is not too expensive. The same goes for going to the Pike Place Market or the Space Needle the two most known places to see in Seattle.
There are a number of other ferry rides you can take all over Western Washington. The summer time it is very busy so I recommend going on as a passenger instead of taking your car unless you really have to. Port Angeles which is another hour drive north of Bremerton along with Seattle you can take a ride and a day or a few in Victoria, British Columbia Canada. Also north of Seattle you can catch a ferry to the San Juan Islands.
The great thing about riding the ferry you can relax and see a wonderful view. Below I show a few pictures I took while on the Bremerton to Seattle ferry.
Below looking into Seattle