Bremerton is the largest city on the Kitsap Peninsula and the 7th largest in WA State. Surrounded by miles of shoreline, this easily accessible community attracts visitors from around the world. There is an exciting mix of public shorelines, waterfront boardwalks, marinas, and an arts district with shops, galleries, restaurants, and fountains that surround downtown sidewalks and plazas.
One of the best ways to arrive is by car or by foot via the popular WA State Ferry that leaves directly from downtown Seattle. The one-hour ride is one of the most scenic routes in the system and conveniently lands at the beautiful Bremerton Harborside District. Just steps away is the terminal where you can take a 10-minute ride to Port Orchard aboard the historic Carlisle II, one of the original Mosquito Fleet boats that were the primary mode of transportation around the Puget Sound in the early 1900s.
If you are arriving from the north end of the Puget Sound, catch the Kingston or Bainbridge Island ferries or from the south, use the Southworth ferry that departs from West Seattle. If you are landing at the SeaTac Airport, just cross the majestic Tacoma Narrows Bridge or take Hwy 303 from from Olympia and Shelton. From the Olympic Peninsula, cross the the Hood Canal Bridge.
|WA State Ferry and historic Mosquito Fleet Ferry, Carlisle II.|
Bremerton has a rich maritime and naval history and there are wonderful examples throughout the city to experience inspiring and informative exhibits, memorials, and displays. One of the most popular is the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Memorial Fountain & Plaza located just north the the beautiful national Puget Sound Naval Museum open year round. One of the most popular sites is the mothballed aircraft carriers located on Hwy 304 Navy Yard Hwy. click the link for more details and directions.
|Puget Sound Naval Museum and historic photo.|
at Bremerton Harborside and The Lone Sailor at the Port of Bremerton
You'll find more naval history on the Bremerton Harborside District - Mentor Boardwalk where the very popular USS Turner Joy - DD-951 is anchored and available for tours and special events. On the end of the public dock at the Bremerton Marina is the statue of The Lone Sailor standing watch over Sinclair Inlet,
welcoming all who come to visit our community. The marina offers short and long term moorage, and is filled during the summer with boats of all shapes and sizes.
Bremerton's Arts District centered at 4th & Pacific is a great place to find art galleries filled with local art including Collective Visions Gallery which hosts one of the largest juried art shows in WA state.
The historic Admiral Theatre hosts a wide variety of regional, national and international artists with live performances that delight visitors of all ages. In addition to Bremerton's Naval museums, there are several other museums including the Kitsap Historical Museum, Valentinetti Children's Puppet Museum, and the popular Amy Burnett Pyrex Museum. For a list of local Museums & Memorials, click here!
One of Bremerton's most popular attractions is its amazing city's parks which are very family and pet friendly offering visitors excellent picnic grounds, ball fields, water trail access and boat launches. Some of the more popular parks include Evergreen Park, Lion's Park, and Pendergast Park which hosts regional and national softball and soccer events. Bremerton is also famous for its Disc Golf Courses. If you love golf, you'll love the award-winning and challenging 36-hole Gold Mountain & Olympic Golf Course.
|Pet friendly Lion's Park and the award-winning public Gold Mt. Golf Course.|
Bremerton Harborside is the location of the beautiful 10,000 sq. ft Kitsap Conference Center which hosts a variety of meetings, businesses expos, and events. Visit their website for information and to plan your event!
Other Bremerton Districts, Attractions & Events
|The Haborside Room overlooks waterfront fountains and is part of the Kitsap Conference Center.|
Bremerton Farmers Market: May - Oct.
Bremerton Brewfest: July
Evergreen Park and Harborside-Mentor Boardwalk
USS Turner Joy Haunted Ship - Oct 25-31
911 Memorial - Evergreen Park
Kitsap Wine Festival: August
Bremerton Blackberry Festival: Labor Day Weekend
Watch this informative video of Bremerton...courtesy of local resident Jerry McDonald!