Bloedel Reserve
Bloedel Reserve
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Nature & Wildlife Areas • Gardens
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10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 16:00
Thursday
10:00 - 16:00
Friday
10:00 - 16:00
Saturday
10:00 - 16:00
Sunday
10:00 - 16:00
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BeLaZe
Penfield, NY378 contributions
Aug 2022 • Friends
It is not easy to get there. You need to make a reservation to enter (they don’t sell walk in tickets), but they have wifi so unless you are unlucky and they are sold out (did not seem like a risk when we visited on a beautiful day that was made for a walk in the park) you can still make your reservation right then and there. As long as you made it there which is another challenge. Scheduled buses only go in the morning and late afternoon. There is a great $2/person charter bus that goes on demand, but the app where you should be able to order it is dysfunctional. Somehow we made it by using it, calling in, taking to the lady at the bus terminal and so on.

The park was nice. Nothing really unique, but a pleasant variety of flora and some semi-wild landscaping. The house is nice, with modest historical and architectural interest but with a pretty view and the staff was kind. The company was great.

The road back to the village was similarly difficult (yet very affordable) with app failure, bus delay, etc.
Written 7 September 2022
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LB595
San Francisco, CA178 contributions
Sep 2022 • Solo
Bloedel Reserve is a place I’ve known of for several years but never visited until this month. The privately owned reserve celebrates nature in a grand way with its expansive woodlands, gardens, and lakes. The manor house is open to visitors and has helpful docents.

I visited Bainbridge Island during a hot spell, which made walking the property’s trails a challenge. Even the famous swans seemed to be hiding in the shade. I look forward to a return visit during cooler weather
Written 31 August 2022
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drkaela
Santa Clara, CA20 contributions
Jun 2022
I'm so glad I dragged the family on this quiet hike through this reserve. Maybe it's because it costs money to get in, but there were so many less people here than anywhere else in Seattle. It was a nice getaway after a food tour at the Pike Market. You choose your own hike through the reserve, and there is a disability-friendly shorter one on paved road that takes you straight to the mansion. It is a very well preserved land with workers constantly working on the garden. There are so many picture moments including the one with the deer in the backyard of the mansion (well, not taken with the deer). The view from the backyard to the ocean is breathtaking and absolutely peaceful. The hikes are very intuitive with the map so you won't get lost. There are some shades for sun-phobes like me. Fortunately, it was sunny but cloudy so we had the most wonderful hike. I highly recommend here - you probably need a few hours. On the Bainsbridge Island, I really liked this activity.
Written 6 August 2022
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Kathryn Stern
Greensboro, NC3 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
The gardens are magnificent, with well marked paths all through the forests and around the manor house. The staff were courteous and welcoming. We especially enjoyed learning about the history of the Blondel family and the Japanese Gardens. Highly recommend and perfect for all ages.
Written 4 August 2022
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Amy S
4 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
Absolutely incredible. Immersive, experiential nature walk… serene, beautiful, tranquil. Bird songs, solitude. Foxglove along the path - beautiful but poisonous, beware! Cute gift shop and polite groundskeepers.
Written 29 June 2022
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Rick M
Logan, UT3 contributions
Jun 2021
This was a nice place to visit but there really wasn't anything that would set it apart from anywhere else we have been to that was similar. The grounds seemed well kept and was green but we were hoping for more colorful flowers. It was fun walking along the trails and there was plenty of shade.
Written 31 May 2022
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David S
Pasadena, CA4 contributions
Mar 2022
This is a true hidden gem of Seattle. This private reserve is located on Brinbridge Island, a 30 minute ferry ride from Seattle. Plan on spending the better part of the day there. The preserve, located on 150 acres, will take you at least two hours to walk the entire preserve. We took over three hours since we love to stop and take pictures. If you enjoy quite nature walks, this is for you. So peaceful.

Getting around the island is really easy and inexpensive with their public van service (they come to you). From anywhere in the island to anywhere else is only $2. Lots of great little restaurants for breakfast and lunch and of course local shopping.

Eventhough March is probably not the best time to go, we still had a wonderful time. I think we may go back during the spring.
Written 18 March 2022
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Lee P
Seattle, WA12 contributions
Jan 2022
After 15 years in Seattle, I was excited to finally make it to this local attraction today (Jan 29th). We drove up to the gate, and we had pre-purchased tickets for me and my husband. The woman at the gate noted that one of us was a student and asked to see my student ID. I showed her my ID from the University of Washington. She kept pressuring me for additional details to prove that I am really a student. I'm a mature student doing a doctorate in my 40s, and I really don't appreciate her unwelcoming attitude. My first job was at a Gold Coast estate/ museum in New York and we always sought to treat our visitors with respect. Not so much here.
Written 29 January 2022
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COSMOGUY
Spokane, WA55 contributions
Sep 2021
Beautiful!!! Don't go to Bainbridge and fail to see this place!! So peaceful and stunning views from the residence.
Written 30 September 2021
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Nina C
Wilmington, DE255 contributions
Sep 2021
This was the reason for our stay on Bainbridge Island. The house and grounds have been well cared for and this offering has been open to the public for a relatively short time compared to other homes/gardens around the country. It is apparent the appreciation for this place runs deep as the Foundation works to run and update the gardens as needed. We enjoyed our 2 1/2 mile walk through the reserve and would recommend it highly to all who enjoy spending time outdoors in a lovely setting.
Written 18 September 2021
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