Travel back in time to Washington's Anderson Island

Hop a 20-minute ferry to a little-known natural paradise in the Puget Sound

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  • The Ol’ Swimming Hole is actually a full-on spring-fed lake where visitors frolic alongside longtime locals like third-generation Anderson resident Ken Burg and grandson (and fifth-generation resident) Teddy.

    Anderson Island Ol' Swimming Hole

    Amanda Koster

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Island General Store A lifeline for locals, and your first stop. Pick up a map and picnic fixings, like freshly baked peanut butter brownies. INFO: 10202 Eckenstam-Johnson Rd.; 253/884-4001.

Ol' Swimming Hole The ideal spot on a hot August day: a public park with picnic tables, a sandy beach, and spring-fed Lake Florence, with water warm enough for a swim. INFO: Lowell Johnson Park, off Guthrie Rd.

A century-old farm with a community garden, 13 historic buildings, and a tiny museum stuffed with everyday treasures that trace the island?s history. Great gift shop too. INFO: 12?4 Sat-Sun through Dec 31; 9306 Otso Point Rd.; 253/884-2135.



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