Have a blast on Thursday, the opening day of Jetty Island, Everett’s own sandy beach. Pirates will run rampant, giving valuable pirating lessons to kids and leading a treasure hunt.
Jetty Island is open for visitors all summer from 10 a.m. to 5:50 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8:50 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 6:50 p.m. on Sundays, from Thursday through Sept. 6.
Pick up a boarding pass at the 10th Street Boat Launch off W. Marine View Drive and hop aboard the free ferry. Boats run every half-hour. Donations are gladly accepted to offset the cost of running the 80-passenger ferry.
Everett residents may reserve passes by calling 425-257-8304. Groups of 12 or more, residents or not, may also reserve passes. Parking at the boat launch is free Mondays through Thursdays, but there is a $3 charge Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Jetty naturalists give programs all summer long, or you can reserve private group tours as the rangers point out the flora and waterfowl found on this narrow island.
Other events include campfire programs, nature walks, children’s crafts, an interpretive hut and puppet shows.
Check the Everett Parks and Recreation Summer Guide at www.everettwa.org/parks for all the Jetty Island programs. Or just pack a lunch and a blanket and marvel that you’re sprawled on a dune with downtown Everett at your back.