In 1890, Port Orchard was incorporated as Kitsap County's first city. Today it's a busy waterfront community and popular tourist destination for business and leisure travelers. Bay Street, located a short block from the waterfront park, marina and foot ferry, is lined with antique, repurposed-redeemed and gift shops. Port Orchard is a great place to satisfy your hunger pangs, too...featuring an award-winning chocolatier/bakery, cafes, pubs and attractions. During the summer there are several free events, including family concerts and festivals. Port Orchard also is home to internationally known author Debbie Macomber, creator of Cedar Cove, the popular series on the Hallmark Channel.
The Sidney Museum and Arts Association maintains the Sidney Art Gallery, the Sidney Museum and the Log Cabin Museum.
During weekdays, hop aboard one of the original Mosquito Fleet foot ferries (still in operation from the 1900s), and weekends, you can enjoy the more modern Admiral Pete. The scenic ride travels between Bremerton and Port Orchard about every 10 minutes. The fare is $2 (cash only, please) each way. Schedule is Monday through Saturday and some weekends for special events. Click here for schedule.
Festival by the Bay, held in August
Annual Taste of Port Orchard, Sunday, Sept. 2, noon-5, Marina Waterfront Park.
The Port Orchard Farmers Market, which is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through October, is located on the waterfront behind Peninsula Feed, east of the Port Orchard Marina and one block south of Bay Street. The market is a great rest stop for families and cyclists and within walking distance of the Comfort Inn on Bay Street and Cedar Cove B&B up the hill. On Bay Street, look for the Port Orchard Public Market, located indoors and open year-round, where you can enjoy delicious fresh-made ice cream at Carter's Chocolates.
Port Orchard's charming downtown waterfront features antique shops, dining with local brews & bites, walking paths, a playground and community park for family-friendly activities. Farther down the waterfront, you'll find excellent dining options. If you're into micro-brews, be sure to stop by the popular Slaughter County Brew Co.