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Historic and Happenin' Fort Worden

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"The Fort, " will delight military and maritime history buffs, as well as writers, musicians, visitors to nearby Port Townsend, and anyone who’s up for a great place to hike or relax on the beach.

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Fort Worden once made up part of the coastal defense system known as, “The Triangle of Fire.”

Constructed between 1898 and 1917, fascinating Fort Worden Historical Park is a 433-acre multi-use park featuring more than 2 miles of beachfront, hiking trails, and high bluffs with breathtaking views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Explore the Fort

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The Point Wilson Lighthouse, built in 1914, is one of the most iconic photos of the region. The lighthouse is available for tours.

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Grab a self-guided walking tour map from the gift shop. and set out to discover great hiking trails, scenic overlooks and even a military cemetary.


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Explore defunct coastal defense batteries, and imagine the compound teaming with enlisted men, officers and staff during World War I and II.

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Enjoy a stroll along a sandy beach at Fort Worden. You may encounter baby seals in the spring (do not touch!) or see an orca pod crusing through the inlet.

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The Port Townsend Marine Science Center is located at Fort Worden on the pier and is an exciting place to see and touch Pacific Northwest sea life.

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Visit the Commanding Oifficer's Quarters to get a true taste of life on a military base in the early 1900's. The museum is open to the public.

You Can Wile Away the Hours

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The beach at Fort Worden is one of the most popular sandy beaches around, with a shallow-coastline, protected swimming area, a cantina for nibbles, and scenic views, you could spend all day here!  We invite you to pack a picnic lunch and a few beach towels to enjoy the afternoon sunshine.  Be sure to pick up a daytime Discovery Pass at the Commons area (just follow the signs when you enter the park!) and come on down to the beach, friends!

Make Your Stay Great!
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