We call it "Heart of the Sound"
Nestled in the "Heart of the Sound" with views of water or mountains at every corner, Vashon-Maury is truly an Island. It can only be reached by a breathtakingly beautiful ferry ride. There is something magical about being on an island, the pace is slower, the people friendlier, the attitudes relaxed and our patchwork of pastoral and natural settings make it a refreshing Northwest getaway. Vashon Maury Island Island Chamber of Commerce welcomes you.
With 45 miles of shoreline, Vashon Maury Island boasts the majority of waterfront property in King County. The Island is approximately 13 miles long and 8 miles at the widest point with a year-round population of about 11,000. Whether you are looking for a quiet, romantic place to relax or activities for you and the entire family, Vashon has it all! Check out our "Events" page to see what is happening now. Through our "Business Directory" you can find interesting places to stay, quaint shops to visit, an eclectic mix of restaurants, local galleries, historical sites, musical concerts, places to hike, bike and enjoy outdoor activities. Could this be your heaven on earth?
How to Get Here from There
Vashon Island is just a short ride from most of the Puget Sound area. It’s like another world just across the water. Vashon town is located just five miles south of the north end ferry terminal which services Fauntleroy (West Seattle) and Southworth (Port Orchard) travelers. The south end ferry dock is a lovely ten mile drive to town arriving from Pt. Defiance (Tacoma). There are 4 blinking lights on the Island and most directions start with “after the second blinking light from your ferry dock, turn…”
Ferry schedules are posted at www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries.
Ferry cams are available on several routes and docks with more coming shortly. Please check on the status of current traffic conditions by clicking on this website www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/cameras/
Please note the ferry at Pier 50 (downtown Seattle) to Vashon is a commuter, foot ferry only with extremely limited service. It is run by King County not by Washington State Ferries. Click here for schedule information http://www.kingcounty.gov/transportation/kcdot/Marine/WaterTaxi/VashonIsland-DowntownSeattle.aspx
Seattle Metro buses #118, #119 and #54 connect to Vashon and #118 and #119 continue service on Vashon. Please check www.kingcounty.gov/tripplanner to confirm your bus route and times. Enter route number in “Timetables” tab and hit go to view schedules. A convenient bus service, # 560 Bellevue via Sea Tac, is also available from Seattle Tacoma International Airport to the Fauntleroy (West Seattle) ferry terminal. Please check with www.soundtransit.org to confirm your bus route and times. Click link to “Schedules and Route Maps” on the left tool bar, scroll down to route #560, click on weekday or weekend to view current schedules.
Pierce County Buses #10 and #11 arrive at Pt. Defiance Ferry Terminal (Tacoma) for the ferry to the Tahlequah dock (south end). Check connections and times at www.piercetransit.org Click trip planner and enter your location and destination information.
Kitsap County travelers will need to call Kitsap Transit at 1-360-373-2877 or 1-800-501-7433 for trip planning assistance. Kitsap Transit does not offer on line trip planning yet.
Seattle Metro Bus service on Vashon is available Monday through Saturday.
Directions to Fauntleroy (West Seattle) Terminal from Seattle
From I-5 exit 163 to the West Seattle Bridge. Which will take you to the community of West Seattle onto Fauntleroy Way SW. Follow Fauntleroy Way SW to the end past Lincoln Park. Cars waiting to board may be lined up on the right side of the road next to the park. Take note of parked cars with people sitting in them. They are waiting in the boarding line. Park at the end of the line. Be careful not to cut in line as this could result in you getting sent back to the end of the line. Be aware that parking or sitting inside the white crop lines could result in a traffic fine. Please note, to make sure you board the correct vessel, indicate to the dock worker by either raising two fingers in a “V” (peace sign) indicating a Vashon boarding lane or verbally confirm Vashon. If you show 3 fingers you will be loaded onto the Southworth (Port Orchard) bound ferry.
Directions to Southworth (Port Orchard) Terminal
From I-5: Take exit 132 and proceed west on Hwy 16 approximately 35 miles to Hwy 160 exit. Take Hwy 160 (Sedgwick road) exit, turn right onto Hwy 160 at stop sign and proceed approximately 7 miles to yet another stop sign. Turn right; ferry dock straight ahead. Parking is located to the right of terminal.
From Bremerton, go east on Hwy. 16 to the Sedgwick Road. (Hwy 160) exit. Turn left onto S.E. Sedgwick Road and proceed 7.3 miles to S.E. Southworth Drive. Turn right onto S.E. Southworth Drive and proceed to the toll booth. Please note that Vashon vehicles load 5 minutes prior to scheduled departure time. When line one to Vashon fills up, the vechicles in the second line to Vashon will have to back onto the boat. Car and driver tickets from Southworth to Vashon are collected at the Southworth dock. Passenger tickets are collected when you disembark at Vashon.
Directions to Point Defiance (Tacoma) Terminal
From I-5: Take exit 132 (Hwy 16). Proceed west on Hwy 16 approximately 3 miles and exit on the 6th Avenue exit (signed Vashon ferry). Proceed straight through the first stop light. Turn right at the next stop light onto Hwy 163 (Pearl Street). Proceed north, approximately 3.5 miles, to the stop sign at the entrance to Pt. Defiance Park. Stay in the right lane and bear to the right. Do not enter the park. Auto toll plaza one block on right. Ferry terminal located at end of street. Parking to the left of terminal. On the Tahlequah side, returning to Tacoma, please note these ferry etiquette tips; be careful not to cut in line as this could result in you getting sent back to the end of the line. Be aware that parking or sitting inside the white crop lines pose a traffic safety hazard.
ARRIVING BY SAIL OR MOTOR BOAT
For those of you planning on boating to Vashon, note that there are 2 public marinas. Dockton Park on Maury Island has picnic facilities, public restrooms, shower facilities, swimming area and a playground. Metro bus routes pass the park and will take you to Vashon town for food and activities. Please refer to the link above for schedules.
Quartermaster Marina is located in Burton’s inner Quartermaster Harbor. Please call in advance for space availability and to make reservations at 206-463-3624. Power, water, shower, and laundry facilities are all available here. The lovely Burton community has a small general store, Harbor Mercantile, Back Bay Inn and Restaurant, and Silverwood Art Gallery.
Quartermaster Yacht Club is also located in Burton’s inner Quartermaster Harbor. You must have reciprocal membership from another yacht club to dock. First come, first served at guest dock. No reservations. Electricity available for a small fee.
ARRIVING BY PRIVATE PLANE
Vashon has one public airport - Vashon Municipal Airport which is located on Cove Road approximately 2 miles from the main town intersection. Commercial flights into this airport can be arranged through Vashon Island Air. For information contact www.island-air.com. Bob Therkelsen is the Airport Manager. He may be reached at 463.3142 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Google – air nav – airport identifier 2s1 for more detailed information.
BIKING TO AND AROUND THE ISLAND
Bikers are welcome on Vashon! Bikers are loaded with walk-on passengers prior to car loading on all Washington State Ferries. Metro buses on Vashon are all equipped with bike racks. Many businesses in town and around the Island offer bike racks or spaces for bike parking at their facilities. While Vashon has few bike lanes, many roads offer wide and comfortable shoulders. Please note many waterfront roads are unable to offer this accommodation. Bike safely and enjoy!
Come and Enjoy All Our Island Has To Offer!