Weekend Fun in Port Townsend, WA

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  • Washington

  • Local Culture

  • Local Food

  • Sightseeing

An aerial view of the sea with boats in the daytime.
Curator’s statement

Historic and artsy, but full of outdoor fun, Port Townsend (PT) is one of many small Pacific Northwest towns. Located on the tip of the Olympic Peninsula, Port Townsend is known as "one of the coolest small towns in America" and offers outdoor fun for all ages.

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Things to do


Northwest Maritime Center

The maritime center is a fun boating place for all ages! Whether it is building wooden boats to giving sailing lessons, this place stays busy. The center offers both adult and youth navigation and seamanship classes.

Puget Sound Express

Both half-day and full day whale watching tours are offered. I went on a half day tour, and we found about 20 killer whales! The crew is informative and talks about the whales and wildlife found in the area. There is indoor seating and an outdoor deck for prime viewing.

Washington State Ferry

The ferry is a fun way to travel in the PNW! The ferry has different routes and can accommodate both cars and travelers on foot.

Fort Worden Historical State Park

The park is epic in size and function. It includes over 400 acres of forested hiking trails and seaside trails. Views of the Olympic and Cascade mountains are dominant. Many of the historical buildings at the Fort are used for educational programs.

Day Trips

Whidbey Island

A beautiful and magical place! Take the ferry from PT to Whidbey Island. Arriving in Coupeville, it is easy to walk and shop on Main Street. A car is useful to explore different areas of the island. From beaches, farms and hiking, there is so much outdoor fun on the island.

Places to eat & drink


Finistere - Shared plates for dinner! Finistere is only open several nights of the week. I love the burrata cheese and the cold gazpacho soup! There is indoor and outdoor dining, but the space is small.

Nicko's Grotto - The Grotto serves great Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. It is popular with locals and tourists. Save room for the divine flourless chocolate torte! I order it every time.

Mo Chili BBQ - The bbq is good, but I come for the brisket breakfast tacos! Picnic tables for outdoor seating only.

Fountain Cafe - A sister restaurant to Nicko's Grotto, the Cafe serves late lunch and dinner. The stuffed mushrooms filled with crab and shrimp make the visit so worth it!

Velocity - I come to this coffee/tea shop every time I visit PT. It is located at the very end of Water Street. There is a small indoor seating area with wifi, but I take my specialty bee sting outside and sit in the water.

Need to Know

The wooden boat festival occurs early September and is a great time to visit PT. Sailboats parade thru Port Townsend Bay and many artists and food vendors set up stands. It is a popular time in the area!

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Joslyn Weaver’s guide, Gardens and Culture in Washington, DC.

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