Small town, big adventure: Port Townsend, WA
From unique festivals to a fun-filled farmers market, this scenic Washington town has a lot to offer.
Unique wooden boats, dancing and music are just a few things you will see and discover at the Wooden Boat Festival. This annual festival features over 300 wooden boats and speakers and presentations on sailing and boating equipment. Food, drinks, and children’s activities are also available at this three-day festival.
If you are a movie-goer then check out the Port Townsend Film Festival. This film festival screens over 80 movies and offers panel discussions with filmmakers along with special guests. Don’t forget to watch the free outdoor movies located on Taylor Street in downtown.
Port Townsend Ukulele Festival and Workshop will have you playing the ukulele in no time. From beginners to advanced, this workshop and festival will help you further improve your ukulele skills. Dinners, jam sessions and public performances are also some of the activities you will experience at this unique festival.
Discover over 70 vendors at Port Townsend Farmers Market. This farmers market features 40 farms, artisan cheese makers and bakers, and arts and crafts. Shoppers will also get to listen to live music as they browse vendors’ booths. Port Townsend Farmers Market is open from the first Saturday in April until the third Saturday in December.
Nestled by Port Townsend Bay is Waterfront Pizza. Homemade sourdough crust, freshly grated cheese and fresh vegetables are just some of the mouthwatering ingredients you will find on their pizzas. Whether you choose one of their signature combination pizzas or decide to build your own, enjoy your pizza on the deck as you overlook the water and soak in the views Port Townsend has to offer.
To quench your sweet tooth, visit Elevated Ice Cream. Not only do they make their ice cream in store but they also have fun, unique flavors such as Swiss Orange Chocolate Chip and Amaretto Hazelnut. Located next door to Elevated Ice Cream on Water Street is Elevated Ice Cream’s Candy Shop where you will find homemade chocolates, truffles, and fudge.
The Great Outdoors
Trails, beaches and lighthouses are just a few of things you will discover at Fort Worden Historical State Park. This 434-acre park and former 19th century military site is full of activities such as camping, tennis courts and walking trails. Since the park is located on the shoreline, visit Port Townsend Paddlesports and rent a kayak or paddleboard. Before you leave Fort Worden State Park, visit the Port Townsend Marine Science Center. This marine research center has a hands-on aquarium where you can touch marine plants and animals. Don’t forget to use the hydrophone which lets you listen to whales off shore.
Chetzemoka Park is located on the shoreline in Port Townsend. Play on the playground or take a stroll along the shore. Whether you are hanging out in the park’s gazebo or swinging on the park’s swings, you won’t be disappointed by the striking scenery which includes tall, green trees, colorful flowers and views of the shores.