There are plenty of things to do in Port Townsend and on the Olympic Peninsula during your stay at the Swan Hotel. Whether it’s hiking in the Olympic National Forest, whale watching off the Olympic Peninsula, or enjoying culinary and wine tours, we’ve got something you’ll enjoy.

Port Townsend

An easily accessible getaway with an urban feel in a rural setting, Port Townsend offers wide cultural, historic, and recreational experiences. National Geographic calls Port Townsend “one of the most sophisticated places west of Seattle,” ranking it as one of the world’s 24 most historic destinations. Experience our seaside culture at annual events like the Wooden Boat Festival, Strange Brew Fest, or the Victorian Heritage Festival. The Swan Hotel is just steps away from all of the restaurants, shops, galleries and parks that make Port Townsend such an appealing destination.

Explore North Beach

Looking for a great place to hike or relax on the beach? Catch some awe-inspiring sunsets, go beachcombing for sea glass, and find tidal pools to explore at North Beach. Enjoy a hike at North Beach during low tide and you’ll find your way to Glass Beach. (Make sure you bring a bag to collect beach glass and check the tides so you don’t have to swim back!) If you’re lucky, you might even encounter a baby seal or an orca during the spring (but don’t touch the baby seals, ok? It’s against the law!).

Whale Watching with Puget Sound Express

Head out for guaranteed whale sightings with this family-run business. On the Olympic Peninsula, perched at the confluence of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound, Port Townsend is an ideal departure point for whale watching cruises. Enjoy half-day and daylong tours in the San Juan Islands on Puget Sound Express’ comfortable vessels.

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Visit Fort Worden

Fort Worden offers additional sandy beaches and great hiking trails. You can explore the Point Wilson Lighthouse, the military cemetery, and the commanding officer’s quarters. Originally constructed between 1898 and 1917, this fascinating historical park offers 433 acres of beachfront, hiking trails, and breathtaking views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.


Shopping in Port Townsend

Port Townsend may be known for its historic attractions and natural beauty, but its best kept secrets are the local farmers’ markets, antique dealers, and the unique, classical vibe that can only be found in the heart of the town. If you love finding hidden treasures new and old, Port Townsend’s shopping scene is not one to be missed.


Sailing & Boatbuilding Classes

The Northwest Maritime Center’s highly experienced instructors, a year-round windy bay, and a beautiful waterfront location surrounded by the Olympic and Cascade Mountains combine to make their Basic Keelboat Program one of the best and most beautiful in the region. Experience sailing for the first time or take your sailing skills to the next level!

You can also learn to sail with family and friends during a Private Group Sailing Lesson with up to 6 people! These 2.5-hour lessons are perfect for families, friends, groups, or couples who would like to try sailing without committing to a multi-day class.

The Northwest Maritime Center also offers boatbuilding classes for all abilities in all kinds of watercraft—sailboats, stitch & glue plywood kayaks, Scamps, surfboards, and more—from a number of different companies.

Bringing the whole family to town? Check out fun-filled summer maritime day camps and sailing lessons for kids.

Please register for classes and camps in advance.

Port Townsend Marine Science Center

The Port Townsend Marine Science Center makes hands-on exploration of the Salish Sea accessible to everyone. You’ll find an interactive Museum and hands-on Aquarium, wildlife cruises to Protection Island, and low-tide beach walks where you’ll explore the vibrant coastal ecosystem. Learn more


čičməhán Trail

čičməhán Trail is an interpretive trail throughout the City of Port Townsend that chronicles the history of the S’Klallam people and the European settlers as they worked to co-exist. Learn more