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Out and About: Washington's Ferries

Out and About: Washington's Ferries

Taking a trip on a bus or streetcar in Seattle with your pooch is super easy as lap dogs ride free and large, leashed pups are welcome at your feet for a fee! Did you know that Washington State's ferry system is the largest in the nation? With boats traveling to several outlying islands (my favorites are the San Juans), this is a great adventure to take with your pets. The boat rules are fairly straightforward:

  • If the ferry has outside stairwells, pooches are allowed on the car deck and on the outdoor decks above the car deck.
  • If the ferry has indoor stairwells, dogs are only allowed on the deck where they boarded the ferry. So, if you drive on board, pup must remain on the car deck and, if you walk onto the boat, your dog is welcome on the outside deck where you boarded, not the other decks.
  • And, best yet, pooches ride free!
  • Click here to share your own tips with PetSugar's Out and About travel group – and stay tuned as our week of Washington continues!

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cs cs 9 years
I used to live on Bainbridge, and my dog hated walking up the stairs. We had to carry her up and she is not a small dog!
cubadog cubadog 9 years
Cuba loved his first Ferry ride from Bainbridge to Seattle this year we stood at the bow and his ears flapped in the wind. It was so fun.
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
Ferries are so much fun! My favorite part is seeing a dog up at the bow with it's owner watching the view go by. The fur is flying everywhere and they are so happy! It's getting more and more spendy, but if you plan a trip up here with your pooch it is SOOOOO worth the wait.
L_original L_original 9 years
Lol, brings back memories. I grew up in Washington, but moved to Canada. I miss the water so much, since now I live in a land-locked province. =(
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