Port Townsend Attractions: Port Townsend activities and other unique things to do in Port Townsend WA that will make a memorable Port Townsend vacation.
Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce in Port Townsend
For a town with a modest population of around 9,200, Port Townsend WA offers a remarkable assortment of interests, activities, and attractions.
With so many options, it's a great idea to stop by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce if you have any questions or wish additional direction.
Chamber of Commerce Info Center
440 12th Street, Port Townsend WA 98331
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Port Townsend’s parks, scenic downtown historic area, and various landmarks, retired military forts, and lighthouses are all free to visit, or nearly free. Fort Worden requires a Discovery Pass.
Chetzemoka Park is located on the water, just around the corner from the historical district of Port Townsend. The park offers lovely views, beach access, a park setting, and children's playground.
Fort Worden State Park
200 Battery Way, Port Townsend, WA 98368
Certificate of Excellence
Museums and music, beach walks and Pt. Wilson Lighthouse, kite-flying and incredible views. No wonder it tops TripAdvisor's list of Port Townsend attractions.
Located within Fort Worden State Park at 532 Battery Way
Hours: Fri - Sun, 12 noon - 5 pm
"Educational, entertaining, active..."
Jefferson County Historical Society Museum
540 Water Street, Port Townsend WA 98368
http://www.jchsmuseum.org/ - Entry fee is $3.00
This is a great place to stop and learn more of the history of Port Townsend. They will also provide you with a street map and direct you to the scenic Victorian-era homes and buildings throughout Port Townsend. Be sure to ask about the Ann Starrett Mansion, Manresa Castle, and the Rothschild House. Then go strolling or cruising!
Stroll through downtown Port Townsend: virtually the entire downtown area is a National Historic District, with many of the buildings built in the late 1800’s or very early 1900’s.
At right: More of Port Townsend's Historical District. This is Washington Street.
PTeRider is a tour and charter company with bright red open-sided retro-electric buses. Is it even possible to use "retro" and "electric" in the same sentence?
Take one of several special 45-minute or hour-long tours of historical areas of Port Townsend. Or, charter their services for your special event. The details are at the PTeRider website.
Take an air tour by small plane. How cool would it be to see Port Townsend, the Puget Sound, and the greater Seattle area from a few thousand feet in the air?!
Wyvern Air Air-Tours
191 Airport Road, Port Townsend, WA 98368
Hours: Every day, 9am - 5pm
Wyvernair, which flies out of both Renton and Port Townsend WA, will take you on sight-seeing flights over Port Townsend and the greater Seattle area of the Pacific Northwest lasting 1 hour, 1.5 hours, or longer if you like.
Not into airplanes?
How about boats and very large marine mammals?
Port Townsend is perfectly situated for whale-watching.
Puget Sound Express, a local whale-watching tour guide, has an office in downtown Port Townsend on Jackson Street, across from the Point Hudson Marina. A whale-watching tour is likely to be a once-in-a-lifetime highlight of your visit to Port Angeles on the Olympic Peninsula, and nearby Port Townsend. They guarantee whale sightings; see the website for specifics.
Depending on your visit dates, you might get in on some wonderful art and culture in Port Townsend.
Northwest Maritime Center
431 Water Street, Port Townsend WA 98368
If you’ve brought your own equipment – bikes, kayaks, binoculars, camping gear, even horses – these activities will be low-cost, high enjoyment:
Port Townsend celebrates two annual festivals:
Lastly, don’t forget that the Olympic National Park Visitor Center in Port Angeles is just an hour away from downtown Port Townsend.
It'd be a crying shame to get this close to the majestic Olympic National Park and then not even take a peek.
Once you've visited either Visitor Center, or at least spoken to a Ranger, you will be better able to decide if you’d like to allocate more time to the Olympic National Park, or to continue enjoying the many Port Townsend attractions. Follow the links for more info.
Our list of Port Townsend attractions in no way exhausts the
possibilities of things to do in Port Townsend.
There is so much more to see and do, depending on your interests. Explore
these websites for much more info:
www.ptguide.com – “City Guide to Port Townsend, WA”
www.enjoypt.com – “One of the coolest small towns in America”
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