Port Townsend Attractions

Port Townsend Attractions: Port Townsend activities and other unique things to do in Port Townsend that will make a memorable Port Townsend vacation.

For a town with a modest population of around 9,200, Port Townsend WA offers a remarkable assortment of interests, activities, and attractions.

With so many options, it's a great idea to stop by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce if you have any questions or wish additional direction.

Chamber of Commerce Info Center
440 12th Street, Port Townsend WA 98331

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Port Townsend Attractions

Port Townsend’s parks, scenic downtown historic area, and various landmarks, retired military forts, and lighthouses are all free to visit, or nearly free. Fort Worden requires a Discovery Pass.

  • Jefferson County Historical Society Museum
    540 Water Street, Port Townsend WA 98368

    http://www.jchsmuseum.org/ - Entry fee is $3.00

    TripAdvisor Reviews of Jefferson County Historical Society Museum in Pt Townsend WA

  • This is a great place to stop and learn more of the history of Port Townsend. They will also provide you with a street map and direct you to the scenic Victorian-era homes and buildings throughout Port Townsend. Be sure to ask about the Ann Starrett MansionManresa Castle, and the Rothschild HouseThen go strolling or cruising!

  • Stroll through downtown Port Townsend: virtually the entire downtown area is a National Historic District, with many of the buildings built in the late 1800’s or very early 1900’s.

Port Townsend (and Seattle)
Sight-Seeing from the Air

Take an air tour by small plane. How cool would it be to see Port Townsend, the Puget Sound, and the greater Seattle area from a few thousand feet in the air?!

Wyvern Air Air-Tours
191 Airport Road, Port Townsend, WA 98368
Phone Number: +1 800-339-6570

TripAdvisor Reviews of Wyvern Air Air Tours in Port Townsend WA - 5 stars

Wyvernair, which flies out of both Renton and Port Townsend WA, will take you on sight-seeing flights over Port Townsend and the greater Seattle area of the Pacific Northwest lasting 1 hour, 1.5 hours, or longer if you like. 

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Not into airplanes? How about boats and large marine mammals?

Port Townsend is perfectly situated for whale-watching. 

Puget Sound Express, a local whale-watching tour guide, has an office in downtown Port Townsend on Jackson Street, across from the Point Hudson Marina. A whale-watching tour is likely to be a once-in-a-lifetime highlight of your visit to the Pacific Northwest and Port Townsend. They guarantee whale sightings; see the website for specifics.

Their boats: The Puget Sound Express whale-watching boat, Glacier Spirit, pictured below, is large and comfortable, has a wrap-around viewing deck, hydrophones, restrooms, snack bar and full galley. They've thought of everything!

They operate two other boats: the Redhead, and the Chilcat Express (pictured below), a high-speed foilboat that can travel 40 mph, making maximum use of your whale-watching experience. 

TripAdvisor.com Reviews of Puget Sound Express in Port Townsend WA

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Art and Culture

Port Townsend WA Art Gallery, on the monthly gallery walk

Depending on your visit dates, you might get in on some wonderful art and culture in Port Townsend. 

  • Art: Gallery Walks every first Saturday of the month. “Stroll the town” as a group and view the art galleries.
  • Theatre: Key City Public Theatre – Port Townsend’s premier theatre has been in operation for over 50 years. Key City Public Theatre Website
  • Music - Olympic Music Festival conducts "Concerts in the Barn" on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer.
  • Blues and jazz - Centrum sponsors summer performance festivals in both music and literature that draw visitors from across the nation. Centrum is based at Fort Worden State Park. TripAdvisor Reviews of Centrum in Port Townsend WA - 4.5 stars
  • Dance: Several dance groups hold frequent dances which are open to all, with live music. Salsa, Tango, Contra, Square dancing, and more. ptguide.com/arts-music-theatre/dance
  • Literary Arts: Many books have been written by local authors or about Port Townsend and/or the Olympic Peninsula and Olympic National Park - ptguide.com/arts-music-theatre/literary-arts)

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Northwest Maritime Center
431 Water Street, Port Townsend WA 98368

TripAdvisor Reviews of Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend WA - 4.5 stars

  • The Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend sponsors many educational programs for adults and children – experiencing life as a mariner on the water, boat-building, learning to sail, much more
  • They also put on the Wooden Boat Festival, which takes place in September each year. http://nwmaritime.org/events/wooden-boat-festival/
  • NWMaritime.org sponsors other events as well (including a race to Alaska) – if you have a passion about boats and sailing, visit http://nwmaritime.org/ for all the details before planning your trip to Port Townsend.

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If you’ve brought your own equipment – bikes, kayaks, binoculars, camping gear, even horses – these activities will be low-cost, high enjoyment:

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Annual Festivals and Events

Port Townsend celebrates two annual festivals:

The Rhody Festival - 3rd week in May. May is the heart of Spring, when the rhododendron and azalias are in full bloom. Color is everywhere.

While you’re here, why don’t you participate in the Rhody Run?! The Rhody Run is a 12 km run/walk on the 3rd Sunday of May, occurring in conjunction with the Rhody Festival

Wooden Boat Festival - The Wooden Boat Festival takes place during the second week in September.

Olympic National Park

Lastly, don’t forget that the Olympic National Park Visitor’s Center in Port Angeles is just an hour away from downtown Port Townsend.

It'd be a crying shame to get this close to the majestic Olympic National Park and then not even take a peak.

  • The Olympic National Park has a visitor center in both Port Angeles and at Hurricane Ridge. The Port Angeles Visitor Center is a 1-hour drive from Port Townsend.
  • Hurricane Ridge is a 17-mile drive from the Port Angeles Visitor Center. Total drive time from Port Townsend to Hurricane Ridge is around 1.5 hours. 
  • Add to this time allotment whatever time you'd like to spend at the Port Angeles Visitor Center.

Once you've visited either Visitor Center, or at least spoken to a Ranger, you will be better able to decide if you’d like to allocate more time to the Olympic National Park, or to continue enjoying the many Port Townsend attractions. Follow the links for more info.

Our list of Port Townsend attractions in no way exhausts the possibilities of things to do in Port Townsend.

There is so much more to see and do, depending on your interests. Explore these websites for much more info:

www.ptguide.com – “City Guide to Port Townsend, WA”

www.enjoypt.com – “One of the coolest small towns in America”

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