Port Angeles Attractions: Unforgettable things to do on your Port Angeles vacation, plus recommended nearby activities in the Pacific Northwest.
Port Angeles offers much more than a staging stop for your visit to other attractions on the Olympic Peninsula or the Pacific Northwest.
Allow enough time during your Port Angeles vacation to fully enjoy these Port Angeles attractions, activities and points of interest, depending on the time of year of your visit.
Port Angeles Information Center
A great idea is to stop by the Port Angeles Information Center, which is sponsored and staffed by the Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce. They have free brochures galore, introductory videos, and people to talk to who can answer your specific questions about the various Port Angeles attractions.
You'll find it at 121 East Railroad Avenue, which is just east of the ferry terminal.
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The Port Angeles Pier is a prominent feature of the downtown Port Angeles waterfront. You'll find the pier at the north end of Lincoln Street and East Railroad Avenue.
At the end of the pier is a 4-story observation tower providing amazing views of the Olympic Mountains, downtown Port Angeles, Ediz Hook, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The buildings of Victoria BC glimmer in the distance against the bulk of Vancouver Island.
On a clear day, the snow-clad Mount Baker rises above the horizon in the northeast. Take your time in the briny fresh air, and when you’ve enjoyed to your satisfaction, several restaurants are within a hundred steps of the pier – La Belle’s Creperie, Jasmine Bistro, and Downriggers on the Water. Here are more restaurants in Port Angeles.
Below: View of Ediz Hook from a high vantage point in Port Angeles.
One can drive the Spit as far as the Coast Guard station, plus access a public boat launch.
Ediz Hook, or "The Spit" as it is also called, is a long, narrow, naturally formed spit of sand formed by the ocean tides. The occasional harsh winter storm would disrupt the spit, however it would rebuild itself in the weeks following the disruption. The City of Port Angeles eventually lined the Spit with heavy boulders on the side of the Strait of Juan de Fuca in order to prevent breakages. They now host a Coast Guard station at the tip of Ediz Hook (visible in the photo below).
Take a drive along the Spit by following Marine Drive west, through the Nippon Paper Industries buildings, and onto the Spit. The views of the Strait and Port Angeles are memorable.
The Feiro Marine Life Center is located at the entrance of the Port Angeles Pier at the north end of Lincoln Street in downtown Port Angeles.
The Feiro Marine Life Center contains various live marine life exhibits and participates in marine research. On occasion it hosts presentations by renowned experts such as Jean-Michael Cousteau, president of Ocean Futures Society and the son of ocean pioneer Jacques Cousteau.
Adults and kids can participate in regular educational programs.
315 N Lincoln St, Port Angeles City Pier, Port Angeles, WA 98362
Conrad Dyar Memorial Fountain
The fountain is located near the intersection of Laurel Street and First Street, downtown. Surrounding the fountain is a mural and benches; you can relax there, rest your feet, and enjoy the views, the calls of seagulls and the smell of saltwater on the air.
Downtown Street Art
In addition to the fountain and its mural, you'll find many public art exhibits and sculptures along Front Street and First Street in downtown Port Angeles, between Lincoln Street to the east and Oak Street to the west. Stroll the sidewalks, enjoy the art, peak into the shops, and enjoy your day!
Port Angeles Heritage Tour
This is an insightful tour of old Port Angeles history dating to the late 1800's.
Tours last approximately 2 hours. Exact start times vary from summer to winter, however range between 10 or 10:30 am and 2 pm. Check the website for hours, days, and prices, or call to arrange a private group tour.
Port Angeles Information Center
121 E. Railroad Avenue, Port Angeles, WA 98362
Phone: 360-452-2363, ext. 0
Museum at the Carnegie
The Carnegie Museum chronicles even more of our Port Angeles history. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 1 - 4 pm.
207 S Lincoln St, Port Angeles, WA 98362
Admission is by donation
Port Angeles Fine Arts Center and
Webster’s Woods Art Park
The Fine Arts Center and Webster's Woods Outdoor Art Park regularly present wonderful and worthy art exhibits.
1203 E Lauridsen Blvd, Port Angeles, WA 98362
Info: 360-417-4590; 360-457-3532
Are you an artist? The Port Angeles Fine Arts Center is hosting
Paint the Peninsula, a juried competition ending in September 2015. Learn more here.
This is an educational facility that includes history, native art, and a gallery and gift store. It is an excellent place to learn more about local Native Americans, and specifically the Elwha Klallam tribe.
401 E First St, Port Angeles, WA98362
Elwha River Casino
While you're at it, head down to the mouth of the Elwha River, and enjoy the tribal Elwha River Casino.
631 Stratton Rd, Port Angeles, WA 98363
If you enjoy casinos, consider another casino visit to 7 Cedars in Blyn.
See more at Sequim Attractions.
Salt Creek Recreation Area
Just minutes away, this Port Angeles attraction includes surroundings typical of rugged Pacific Northwest shorelines. At this spot where Salt Creek empties into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, a wide sandy beach which gently slopes out to deeper water provides a perfect play area for both children and adults. Kayakers love the area, and the water is uncharacteristically warm on sunny days, at least until the waters deepen.
When the tide is out, tide pools expose an abundance of sea creatures.
The Salt Creek campground is just around the corner, and is a favorite with the locals.
Whale Watching Cruises
Depending on the timing of your visit, a whale watching cruise makes for a very exciting and rewarding Port Angeles attraction.
“Port Angeles is the best departure point in Washington State for Humpback sightings,” according to Island Adventures, based in Anacortes, WA.
Catch a whale-watching tour from Port Angeles, from mid-May to the end of November.
3002 Mt. Angeles Road, Port Angeles, WA 98362
The Olympic National Park Visitor Center, located in Port Angeles on the road to Hurricane Ridge, provides a wonderful introduction to your experience in the Olympic National Park. The Park is so huge that it is very wise to stop here, get your bearings, and even talk to a ranger in case you have any questions or would like recommendations.
Additionally, the Visitor's Center has several very interesting exhibits offering insight into the flora and fauna of the Pacific Northwest, and a book and gift store where you can purchase educational resources or guides for your Olympic National Park vacation.
The following destinations within the Olympic National Park could easily be considered Port Angeles attractions since they are less than an hour's drive from Port Angeles:
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