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Welcome to Port Orchard Washington!
As visitors to Port Orchard have discovered, “the adventure begins with the journey!” Isolated by water on all sides, the Kitsap Peninsula developed its own relaxed and authentic charm. No matter how you get to Port Orchard, by driving the spectacular twin suspension bridges of the Tacoma Narrows, on a Washington State Ferry from Seattle through scenic Rich Passage, by historic passenger only ferry from Bremerton, the adventure begins the moment you set out to visit Port Orchard Washington.
The destination offers many attractions. Waterfront parks abound, with attractive marine views: the impressive Puget Sound Naval Shipyard with imposing aircraft carriers, subs and destroyers. Manchester State Park offers camping and waterfront hikes along Rich Passage, with up-close sightings of lumbering jumbo ferries on their hourly route through the narrows of Rich Passage. Port Orchard also has the distinction of being the inspiration for the Cedar Cove book and TV series by New York Times bestselling author, Debbie Macomber.
The waterfront district downtown along Bay Street offers a pleasing selection of eateries, pubs, antique malls and collectible shops. A new feature is the Port Orchard Public Market, featuring a restaurant with locally crafted beer, an authentic Mexican taqueria, an ice cream and chocolatier artisan, a seafood and wine pairing shop, a butcher shop and fresh produce.
The Sidney Museum tells an interesting story of Port Orchard, going back to the 1800’s when the town was first known as Sidney. The museum offers walk through historic exhibits, historic photo galleries and a quality collection of original works from local artists. The South Kitsap area has lots of family-friendly events throughout the year, like the annual Seagull Calling Contest, the Fathoms of Fun Festival and Parade, the Olalla Bluegrass Festival, and the Festival of Chimes and Lights (December 1st).
Port Orchard has a large, well-protected marina, should you choose to come by boat, with full services, and easy access by foot to downtown shops. Golfers take note: Port Orchard and South Kitsap are home to some of the finest golf courses in the region, including McCormick Woods, Gold Mountain and Horseshoe Lake. The larger community across the water, Bremerton, has a beautifully renovated waterfront, Naval Museum, fountain park and additional bigger city attractions within easy walking distance from the Port Orchard-Bremerton “foot ferry” which regularly crosses the bay. Port Orchard is also a great jumping off point to see world-class attractions in all directions: downtown Seattle, the Olympic Peninsula, Tacoma and Mt. Rainier.