BRING THE KIDS The Olympic Peninsula has much to offer younger explorers. From investigating small critters in our tide pools to running along hiking trails to local hangouts, we’re sure your toddlers and teenagers will find something fun out here.
In the seaport of Port Townsend, kids and adults have the chance to visit the Marine Science Center in Fort Worden State Park, 532 Battery Way, where there are touch-tanks and other interactive exhibits for them to learn about the local marine life. Along Jackson Street, frolic through Chetzemoka Park, which overlooks Port Townsend Bay. Have a picnic and enjoy the sunshine. You might even catch the Port Townsend Summer Band performing in the gazebo, so grab a dance partner! For younger kids and teens, the Port Townsend Skate Park, on Monroe Street downtown, might be a spot to show off their skateboarding or scooter skills and make some new friends.
The Dungeness River Audubon Center, 2151 W. Hendrickson Road, welcomes families to learn about the Olympic Peninsula’s bird population, as well as our fish, rivers and people. Come explore the native plant garden and see some spectacular taxidermy specimens of area animals. The Olympic Game Farm, 1423 Ward
Road, is a favorite to visitors of the Olympic Peninsula. Pack up the car and drive through the facility to see and learn about exotic animals, including zebras, American bison, African lions, black bears and coyotes. Mornings and early afternoons are the best times to visit. Sequim is the Lavender Capital of North America, so why not bring the kids to one of the many lavender farms to learn more about this sweet-smelling plant? Or pick some berries at one of the local farms. Farms include Cameron Berry Farm (strawberries), Graysmarsh Farm (five varieties) and, for blueberries, Nelson’s Blueberries, Blueberry Haven and Dungeness Meadow Farm. Just be sure to call ahead for hours.
The Olympic National Park Visitor Center, temporarily at 600 E. Park Ave., has great information about local hiking trails, park animals and plants and even has a gift shop for some souvenirs. Feiro Marine Life Center, 315 N. Lincoln St., is a great place for kids to learn about local sea animals. Thanks to its location on the City Pier and next to Hollywood Beach, kids can take their knowledge right to the field. Take the kids to Dream Playground on South Race Street for fun at the skate park and at the playground. Salt Creek Recreation Area, 3506 Camp Hayden Road, is a very popular location for camping families. Explore tide pools and the remnants of WWII-era Camp Hayden. Play equipment, a basketball court,
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horseshoe courts, a softball field and a volleyball court provide a base to expend that extra energy. Just outside of Port Angeles near Lake Crescent, take the family on an easy hike to Marymere Falls.
If your trip takes you to Forks, stop at Tillicum Park for a nice picnic and to blow off some steam at the skate park. Past Forks, take the family to the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center to learn more about how our local rainforest thrives and about our salmon runs. Don’t forget to hike the Hall of Mosses Trail! On the Northwest Coast, Ruby Beach is a popular spot to view gigantic sea stacks, explore tide pools and fly a kite. You can even build a fort with all the driftwood you’ll find!
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Neah Bay is on the northwest tip of the Olympic Peninsula. The Makah Cultural and Research Center serves as an archaeological research center, showcasing artifacts from the Makah tribe’s 3,800-year history. Visitors can experience a replica longhouse and learn about the Indian tribe’s early life at the historic Lake Ozette. For some breath-taking views, take an easy hike on the Cape Flattery Trail, where you’ll be led to a panoramic overlook featuring Tatoosh Island, sea lions and the wide open ocean.