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Gig Harbor

Gig Harbor is less than an hour from Seattle, just across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in the South Puget Sound. It promotes itself as a quaint village with commercial and recreational fishing boats in a scenic harbor. The surrounding area is full of homes of people who commute into Tacoma for work. But, the center of town in the waterfront district is a local tourist spot, a place to stroll, look at art galleries, restaurants, boutiques and even a few museums. Renting a motor boat or kayak is very popular, but as always for travel in this area, pick nice weather day! The lighthouse that marks the entrance to the harbor is only reachable by watercraft. The waterfront even has a nice little park, and in summer hosts a concert series and has outdoor movies. For the best view of the bay with Mt. Rainier, do the Finholm View Climb. Off Harborview Drive and Franklin Street, 100 stairs scale the hillside to the view platforms. Other nice scenic locations are:
Kopachuck State Park
Kopachuck State Park has a scenic state park with a location on the water looking over to the Olympic Mountains.
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Sunrise Beach County Park
Sunrise Beach is an undeveloped and popular recreation area offering a short trail down to a public beach with 2,400 feet of waterfront. Remote trails also offer hikers the chance to walk trails through Douglas firs and moss-covered maple trees.
Some of the other recreational activities as promoted from the Gig Harbor website:
Creviston Valley Farm
A restoration of an old cattle ranch, focusing on sustainability and community-supported agriculture. We believe that it is important to know where your foods come from, and especially how they are grown. Our doors are open .... welcome!
Harbor History Museum
A New Place in time on the Gig Harbor Waterfront. At the new Harbor History Museum you'll discover top-rate exhibitions, larger that life experiences, hands-on programs and picturesque views and walking trails.
Destiny Harbor Tours
Tour Gig Harbor, Port of Tacoma, Narrows, Galloping Gertie and experience the Puget Sound up close and personal. Sightseeing, Private Charters or Memorials.
Blue Willow Lavender Farm
Sunrise Beach is an undeveloped and popular recreation area offering a short trail down to a public beach with 2,400 feet of waterfront. Remote trails also offer hikers the chance to walk trails through Douglas firs and moss-covered maple trees.
Discovery Village
Where kids go for fun! Discovery Village is filled with hands on museum exhibits including ADA compliant playground, classrooms, a healthy cafe and toy store. This 8000 square foot facility is open 6 days a week. Drop in classes and events include music, dance, art, tumbling and language. The indoor playground is a clever design with a Pacific Northwest theme, and includes a water play area and a sand play area.
Gentle Giant Ranch
Gentle Giant Meadows Ranch sits on 40 beautiful acres on Key Peninsula. Farm visitors are always made welcome by Greg and Maureen who will happily introduce your family to our beautiful shire draft horses, Molly the milk cow and her calf Daisy Mae, Dolly the miniature cow, lambchop our pet lamb and very friendly sheep and goat families. Come on by!
Gig Harbor Boat Shop
Preserve, Interpret, and Perpetuate Gig Harbor's Historic Working Waterfront is the mission of the Gig Harbor Boat Shop. Support maritime traditions and visit the unique gift shop.
Gig Harbor Rent A Boat
Be a skipper for a day and explore the Harbor and surrounding water ways. Power boat, speed boat, deck boat or kayak, the choice is yours.
Olalla Valley Vineyard
Olalla Valley Vineyard and Winery is situated on a promontory over looking Olalla Bay, Puget Sound and Vashon Island. The Vineyard consists of 8 acres of grape vines and berries. The Vineyard grows a variety of wine grapes and is open throughout the year for tastings and private groups.
Trillium Creek Winery
A short drive across the Purdy Bridge to the quaint town called Home, Trillium Creek Winery features an adorable tasting room set on beautiful 15 acres. Claude and Claudia Gahard have been making wine for over 28 years and they look foward to your visit.
7 Seas Brewing
Formed in 2008 by Travis Guterson and Mike Runion, 7 Seas Brewing is an innovative craft brewery, making audacious, yet technically well-executed beers; utilizing cans rather than bottles; and championing environmental stewardship. The Tap Room is now open, so stop by and have a pint overlooking the brewery. Cheers!
Crescent Creek Park
Located near the heart of town, Crescent Creek Park is where to go in Gig Harbor for baseball, volleyball, large picnic gatherings and kids play equipment.
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