Port Townsend and Kingston, WA, Washington

Port Townsend, located at the north end of Olympic National Park, is a common overnight stop on the way to visit the Olympic National Park's rain forest. It has much to recommend it as a family getaway from Seattle, and you can either relax while the kids play on the beach or explore the town and Fort Worden.

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Discovery Bay Railroad Park

Address 282023 U.S. 101, Port Townsend, WA 98368-9331 Map,


Fire Bell Tower

Address Fire Bell Tower, Jefferson St., Port Townsend, WA Map, Tel 360/385-1003 Call, Location You can reach the tower by climbing the stairs at Tyler Street, Open By appointment with Jefferson Co. Historical Society Website

This old Fire Bell Tower was built in 1890 as an alert center for local firemen. If you arrange to visit the collection inside you'll find firefighting equipment and other artifacts from pioneer days. more

Fort Worden State Park

Address Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA 98368, U.S.A. Map, Tel 1 360 344 4400 Call, Hours Call for hours. Many attractions are closed during Fall and Winter Website

This old fort has a variety of activities, including the Coast Artillery Museum and restored Commanding Officer's Quarters. more

Northwest Maritime Center

Address 431 Water Street, Suite 3, Port Townsend, WA Map, Tel 360/379-2629 Call, Website

If your kids love ships, this is a great museum to visit. Not only does it house the center for wooden boats, but there are a variety of hands-on exhibits for kids. more

Port Townsend Marine Science Center

Address 532 Battery Way, Port Townsend, WA 98368-3636 Map, Tel (360) 385-5582 Call, Hours Vary seasonally and touch pools are closed during winter Website

This small museum has two exhibits, a natural history exhibit and marine touch pools. Volunteers are on hand to answer questions and help kids with the exhibits. The highlight for my own children was the giant whale skull that kids can touch and explore. more

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Clam Cannery

Address 111 Quincy Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368 Map, Tel 2067185401 Call, Website

The Clam Cannery is conveniently located in the heart of Port Townsend's historic center. The building (which really is an old Clam Cannery) was entirely gutted and reworked into four studio and 1-bedroom suites in 2009. Each features a custom full-sized kitchen (complete with pots, utensils and even spices), a washer and dryer and many custom touches. The building is built over the water, and each room has a beautiful view. The hotel is set up to use Netflix Streaming and Amazon Video on Demand for movies. If you have an account, you can log in and select your own movie choices. more

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CB's Nuts

Address 6013 NE State Hwy 104, Kingston, WA 98346 Map, Tel (360) 297-1213 Call, Website

CB's is a family owned small-batch nut roaster. From the small shop, you can peek into the "factory" where the nuts are roasted. This is a great place to pick up a snack for the road. The shop sells freshly ground peanut butter, cookies, and of course, roasted nuts. Samples are available, and if you happen to have good timing, you might even walk away with warm nuts roasted that day. more

Fountain Cafe

Address 920 Washington St, Port Townsend, WA 98368 Map, Tel (360) 385-1364 Call,


On Common Grounds

Address 8972 Beaver Valley Road, Chimacum Map, Tel (360) 732-4467 Call,

This bakery makes a nice stop on the way into or out of Port Townsend. more

Pane D'amore

Address 617 Tyler Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368 Map, Tel (360) 385-1199 Call, Website

This small bakery has expanded in recent years to deliver bread to local markets. There is a small cheese case featuring local cheeses and fresh eggs. Skip the baguettes and buy the Cheese Sticks or the whole wheat offerings. Sweet pastries are also quite good, and I loved the chocolate stuffed figs. more

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