Even through school is back in session, Seattle’s summer weather is notorious for sticking around through early October. Take advantage of the sunny weather and ferry over to Point No Point to enjoy a quiet, uncrowded beach day. There’s plenty of room for tiny tots to build sandcastles and fly kites, while you relax and soak up the last few rays of summer.

Point no Point main beach

photo: Allison Sutcliffe

Explore the Shore
Point No Point is located at the northernmost tip of the Kitsap Peninsula. You’ve probably Clipper-ed by without realizing it on your way up to Victoria. And its out-of-the-way location is what makes it a sand-tastic find that’ll keep you coming back year after year. There’s plenty to keep the kidlets busy along the shore, starting with the pristine sand that’s not only perfect for sandcastle building, but makes for some pretty good foot and hand burying too. Sand toys are a must, as it a good beach blanket so everyone has a comfy space to sprawl. If you’ve got one, a shade tent would be a good add on this beach day, since finding a shady spot is nearly impossible. But trips down to the water for a good splashing or to wade out on the sandbar, will keep everyone cool on a hot day.

Kids playing at Point no Point beach

photo: Allison Sutcliffe

There’s more than just sand to keep your minis entertained here. Along the beach you’ll find driftwood shelters left by other beachgoers, to climb through and explore. Here your sidekick can easily set up a sandy pie shop or test his domestic skills playing house. Or maybe he’ll use one as a lookout to watch the huge cargo ships, ferries and sailboats that roam these parts. There are also plenty of wide open spaces to launch the family kite into the air. We recommend one with a tail, as trick stunt kites might not have quite enough space (or wind) to do their thing.

Log house at point no point

photo: Allison Sutcliffe

Catch a Big One! 
Point No Point is also one of those cool spots where families can fish straight from the beach, for whatever catch is in season. If you plan to haul in something tasty with your little angler, be sure your fishing license is up to date, and that you’ve got a cool place to store your catch on the way home. Just past the lighthouse there’s also a short trail that works its way up into some trees. So if everyone needs a mid-day cool down, or some more breathtaking views, this is one easy way to make it happen. After a day of sand play, the locals all head to Hansgrill Hansville Grocery and Provisions Co. for big scoops of Umpqua ice cream. It hits the spot on a sunny day and sets the right tone for the trip back home.

Point no point lighthouse

photo: Allison Sutcliffe

Explore the Lighthouse
The lighthouse at the end of the beach is closed on the weekdays. But on weekends families can take a peek inside on their own, from noon until 4 p.m. If you want to know more about the lighthouse, taking the docent-led tour is the way to go. They run on Saturdays at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. And that house that’s right next door? It’s not some lucky duck’s weekend pad, it’s one of five rentable lighthouses in the state, and maybe a new staycay destination for your clan.

Point no Point beach housephoto: Allison Sutcliffe 

Parking here can be a bit of a challenge on a weekend afternoon. So if you have the flexibility to take the fam on a weekday, go for it. Otherwise, plan to get there on the earlier side to find parking in one of the two lots. The main lot dead ends at the lighthouse. It’s not hard to find, but a parking spot might be. If you can’t snag one there, head back up the road to the overflow parking lot (hint: you passed it on the way in). If you end up here, a stroller or wagon makes lugging your Little and all your beach gear that much easier, so bring one if you’ve got one, to be on the safe side.

Point no point view

photo: Allison Sutcliffe

Getting There
This is one of those “getting there is half the fun” excursions that make this beach trip special. The fact that the Bainbridge Island ferry ride breaks up the car time makes it totally doable. It’s the breather that gives toddlers space to run, babies a spot for a diaper change and parents a place to catch their breath (phew!). From the downtown ferry terminal, take the Bainbridge ferry over to the island. Then, continue on Madison Ave. to 305 N. This road changes names a few times, starting as Miller Bay Rd. N.E., then becoming Hansville Rd. N.E., and finally ending as Point No Point Rd. N.E. At the last mile or so, turn right on Point No Point Rd. N.E., following signs to the beach. You made it!

Point No Point Lighthouse and Park
9009 Point No Point Rd. N.E.
Hansville, Wa 98340
Online: kitsapgov.com/parks/Parks/Pages/regionalparks/point_no_point.htm

Do you plan to head to Point No Point for a beach day? Have you already been? Tell us about your experience in the Comments below. 

— Allison Sutcliffe