Things to Do in Port Townsend
The port offers family-friendly fun, outdoor adventure and maritime memories. Explore local restaurants and markets, visit historic Fort Worden, or go whale-watching with the Puget Sound Express.
On the Water
Spend time on the waters of Port Townsend. Whale-watching with the Puget Sound Express is a popular go-to activity, but there’s much more. Visit the Northwest Maritime Center where you’ll find the hub for all things nautical in Port Townsend. Or, get in touch with the Pacific Northwest's sea life at the Marine Science Center, devoted to understanding and conserving our environment.
Hiking the Trails
The Olympic Mountains sit high above the Strait of Juan de Fuca, looming over the majestic Elwha River Valley, and offering a lifetime of sights from trails along its ridges. Hike Hurricane Ridge, the location of an old lookout tower from WWII or walk along the beachfront of historic Fort Worden.
Visiting the Rose Theatre and Starlight room affords stunning views of the port and Admiralty Inlet, a hand-built bar and feature films from the comfort of cozy loveseats. There are plenty of art galleries and museums in the area, including the Rothschild House, EarthenWorks Gallery, Jefferson Museum of Art & History and Gallery 9.
Shopping in Port Townsend is a guaranteed adventure as you peruse local farmer's markets, explore Port Townsend Antique Mall's 15,000 square feet of antiques, delve into the nautical, steampunk collections unique to the area.