The Port Townsend Marine Science Center is celebrating 30 years! Located out on the pier at Fort Worden State Park, it is a cool place to visit. It’s not just for kids either. The goal is to encourage people to get involved in making decisions that impact local, national and international marine and shoreline environments. The center itself has its own blog page and offers exhibits showing local marine and shoreline habitats. It is a chance to see what’s below the water… without the risk of hypothermia. A Discover Pass is not required to see the Marine Science Center, make sure to get a temporary to put in your car, but they are encouraged.
North Beach is one of Port Townsend’s beautiful, if somewhat hidden, treasures. Known primarily only to locals it is perfect for beachcombing, having a picnic or diving (for the more adventurous). There is also facebook page displaying and selling beach glass that has washed up. If you are interested, ask the Innkeepers John and Renee for directions… we want to keep this one a secret.
For a fantastic day trip, try Dungeness Spit, located in the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge along the northern coast of the Olympic Peninsula. It is an hour drive but totally worth the trip. The spit is a preserve for native birds, no dogs allowed, so bring the camera. You can make the full 10 mile round-trip hike and check out the New Dungeness Lighthouse at the 5 mile mark. Be sure to check the tide calendar before you go. Having made this hike myself I have to recommend it to out-of-towners or even locals who don’t know it’s there. Simply beautiful!