Take the Ferry!


Ava Meikle, Opinions

What is one way to get to Seattle that is fun for the whole family? Need a cheaper option than driving because of how gas prices are rising these days? Well, I know of one cheaper way to get to Seattle, and it is over the beautiful waters of the Puget Sound! If you’re looking for a fun new way to get to Seattle, the ferry is for you!

When did the ferry become a thing? What were ferries used for? In ancient and medieval history, ferries were needed very badly because they did not have bridges or underground tunnels to transport anything from one side of a large body of water to the other. Today there is still a need for a quick way to get people across a body of water. Instead of driving for hours, you can go right through the water!

Other facts about ferries are that the largest ferry can hold 200 cars and 2,500 passengers. The smallest ferry can carry 34 cars and 200 passengers. There are all kinds of ferries, like the one you drive your car on to, or others that allow you to walk on instead of waiting in the long lines of cars if you’re riding a bike or don’t want to take your car. The walking ferries are smaller than ferries holding cars because they don’t need so much space transporting just people. 

The picture above is of my friend Audrey and I on a ferry together going to Seattle. There are lots of things you can do on our ferry. Several areas on the boat are great for taking pictures or just looking at the pretty view. There is even an area in the middle of the ferry where you can buy food, drinks, and snacks! It was very fun for both me and Audrey. If you’re looking for a fun new way to get to Seattle, taking the ferry is for you!


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