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50 Things To Do in Port Townsend, Washington

  • Find a treasure at The Antique Mall across the street!

  • Enjoy a day sail with Sail Port Townsend or Left Coast Charters

  • Visit Undertown, a unique feature of Victorian Port Townsend. Near the corner of Taylor and Water Streets is a staircase that leads to "Undertown" - shops and other curiosities await!

  • Catch a movie at the Rose Theatre (round the corner on Taylor Street). The incomparable Starlight Room, for dinner and a show!

  • Or, visit one of the last remaining drive in theaters in the country.

  • Step out at night to moon and stargaze - we are a “dark sky town” with wonderful visibility!

  • Enjoy an extra sunny day - thanks to a phenomenon known as "the rain shadow effect," Port Townsend experiences about 85 more sunny days than Seattle!

  • Ride the bus! Our robust rural transit system is an anomaly and wonder to behold! Fares are very reasonable and sometimes free, with routes that truly serve both community and visitor.

  • Enjoy a luxury pop-up picnic with Port Townsend Picnics + Parties

  • Stop by Chetzemoka Park, a well-maintained Victorian park complete with gardens, children's playground, kitchen shelter, amazing gazebo, and beach access.

  • Fort Worden is a very popular destination. Don't miss the historic World War I era military bunkers and network of forested trails in addition to the beach!

  • Arrive by plane! Port Townsend boasts an international airport.

  • And even if you don't arrive by plane, you can still stop by the airport to visit the Aero Museum and nationally renown Spruce Goose Cafe!

  • Visit an art gallery: Port Townsend is also an artists colony and boasts a number of fabulous galleries, artist cooperatives, and artisans, particularly downtown.

  • Pay a visit to the Port Townsend Farmers Market, which runs weekly from the first Saturday in April through the third Saturday in December.

  • Visit the Port of Port Townsend's boat haven - a working boat yard and beach at the Larry Scott trailhead

  • See whales in the wild! Go whale watching with Puget Sound Express

  • Visit any one of our fabulous beaches to comb for treasure such as sea glass, sea ceramic, agates, rocks, shells, marbles,

  • And while you're at the beach, don't neglect to look for wildlife of all stripes. Eagles, seals, whales, sea lions, and a variety of coastal birds. In the intertidal zone, you can find starfish, anemones, urchins, sculpins, hermit crabs, and shore crabs!

  • Thirsty? Visit one of several breweries! We're big fans of PT Brewing and Propolis Brewing. The Pourhouse also can't be missed for ambiance.

  • Still thirsty? Visit one of several wineries! We're huge fans of PT Vineyards and Marrowstone Vineyards.

  • Ride the ferry - to or fro, or round-trip! This is a fun, inexpensive way to get out on the water when you're visiting in the summer especially! Walk down, walk on, and take in the views from the deck.

  • Enjoy a good meal at one of many fine restaurants throughout town.

  • Eat a slice of Waterfront Pizza on the beach - this is a local rite of passage!

  • Enjoy dinner, a show, or a fabulous cocktail in a haunted castle.

  • Go stand up paddle boarding with the fine folks over at Splinter Sup.

  • Go kayaking with the fine folks over at Olympic Kayak Tours, conveniently located at Fort Flagler on Marrowstone Island.

  • Go biking with one of the organized rides with the Recyclery.

  • Visit a nationally ranked co-op: the Port Townsend Co-Op!

  • Visit Ludlow Falls - charming falls with an easy 0.5 mile trail

  • Check the tide schedule, pack a lunch, a sack for your finds, and plenty of water, and see what treasures you can find at Glass Beach!

  • Visit the end of the world at 49th street. It's not as scary as it sounds, but the views are something else.

  • Visit the shipwrights co-op and the Western Flyer - the vessel that took John Steinbeck to the Sea of Cortez!

  • Buy a piece of art out of a defunct Victorian elevator! Where else but in PT? Mike Biskup slings his delightful abstract art in the namesake elevator across the street from Elevated Ice Cream.

  • Speaking of which, why don't you grab a cone (or, our favorite: an Italian Ice) from Elevated Ice Cream and enjoy it on the beach?

  • Walk all or part of the deeply meaningful čičməhán (Chimacum) Trail.

  • Visit a meadery and you-pick flower farm all in one! Bonus: pottery studio on site - wow!

  • Go for a soak at Soak on the Sound

  • Get a massage from one of the many wonderful massage therapists in town

  • Enjoy state of the art spa services at Face of Grace Skincare or Apogee Medical Aesthetics.

Prompt from the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, this list compiled by Alexis Arrabito


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