Fodor's Expert Review Fort Worden State Park

Port Townsend Park (National/State/Provincial)

With hiking trails, restored—and rentable—Victorian officers' houses, and pre–World War I-era bunkers, this historic 434-acre park provides myriad outdoor activities along with a step back in time. Built on Point Wilson in 1896 to guard the mouth of Puget Sound, the old fort is now a magical place for both children and adults to explore. A sandy beach leads to the graceful 1913 Point Wilson Lighthouse. Memory's Vault, hidden in the hill above the inlet, features works from local poet Sam Hamill as well as a place to contemplate. Touch tanks at Port Townsend Marine Science Center on the pier offer an up-close look at sea life. The fort also hosts kayaking tours, conferences, camping, an artillery museum, and music festivals in an old military balloon-hangar-turned-performing-arts-pavilion.

Park (National/State/Provincial) Family Beach–Sight Convention Center Arts/Performance Venue Military Site Trail/Path

Quick Facts

200 Battery Way
Port Townsend, Washington  98368, USA

360-385–4730

www.fortworden.org

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Day pass: $10 per vehicle; annual Discovery Pass $30 (valid at all state parks), Daily dawn–dusk

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