Port Townsend is a Lively Place

Whether you are in town for a day, a weekend, or a week, Port Townsend is a terrific place to visit. As one of America’s two National Historic Victorian Seaports, Port Townsend has many maritime pursuits to explore, and since we’re right on the doorstep of the Olympic National Park, outdoor activities are almost endless. History buffs, arts mavens, and shopping aficionados all find “PT” irresistible – and the staff at the Swan are happy to help you plan your visit. Here are a few of our favorite things to do by interest:

On the Water

Hit the Trails

  1. Take in the awe-inspiring views at Hurricane Ridge at Olympic National Park
    1. Hike up Mt. Townsend (be sure to wear your FitBit!)
  2. Explore the bunkers and trails and the lighthouse at Fort Worden State Park
  3. Pack a picnic lunch and head to the gazebo or benches at Chetzemoka Park
  4. Mount Townsend
  5. Larry Scott Trail
  6. Rocky Brook Falls

Coastal Cuisine

World-Class Arts and Culture

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  • Attend one of Centrum's various music and literary festivals throughout the year
  • Check out local performers at Concert on the Dock each summer
  • Visit Northwinds Art Center for a poetry reading or a visual arts exhibit
  • Catch a classical performance of nationally recognized musicians at the Olympic Music Festival
  • Experience live theatre at Key City Public Theatre and Shakespeare in the Park

And Not So Far Away...

  • Learn about wooden boats and sailing at the Northwest Maritime Center
  • Discover beach glass, driftwood and other seaward treasures at Glass Beach
  • Experience a different viewpoint on a flight with Wyvern Air Tours
  • Get up close and personal with sea critters at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center
  • Port Townsend Marine  Science Center
  • San Juan Classic Day Sails