A Rich Cultural Heritage
Fort Worden once made up part of the coastal defense system known as, “The Triangle of Fire.” Constructed between 1898 and 1917, fascinating Fort Worden Historical Park is a 433-acre multi-use park featuring more than 2 miles of beachfront, hiking trails, and high bluffs with breathtaking views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
"The Fort, " as it is known by locals, will delight military and maritime history buffs, as well as writers, musicians, visitors to nearby Port Townsend and anyone who’s up for a great place to hike. If you are hungry, stop by TAPS at the Guardhouse and grab a bite to eat or the Cantina on the beach.
Fun at the Fort!
The Point Wilson Lighthouse was built in 1914 and is one of the most iconic photos of the Port Townsend region. The lighthouse is available for tours.
Grab a self-guided walking tour map from the gift shop. and set out to discover great hiking trails, scenic overlooks and even a military cemetary.
Explore defunct coastal defense batteries, and imagine the compound teaming with enlisted men, officers and staff during World War I and II.
Enjoy a stroll along a sandy beach at Fort Worden. You may encounter baby seals in the spring (do not touch!) or see an orca pod crusing through the inlet.
The Port Townsend Marine Science Center is located at Fort Worden on the pier and is an exciting place to see and touch Pacific Northwest sea life.
Visit the Commanding Oifficer's Quarters to get a true taste of life on a military base in the early 1900's. The museum is open to the public.
Observe the cute, but please do not touch!
In the springtime, baby seal pups often come ashore to rest while their mothers are out fishing for supper. Although they are cute and look so helpless, please rest assured they are NOT abandoned. If you approach the baby or touch it, it will upset the delicate balance between mother and pup. You are welcome to observe them from a safe distance. Our local wildlife specialists are usually aware of pups in distress, but of course, if you see one in need of help, please contact a Fort Worden ranger at the front desk. Do not try to help the pup yourself.