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 and gift shops, a bakery, cafes, pubs and attractions. During the summer there are several free events including family concerts and festivals. Port Orchard is also home to the internationally known, Debbie MaComber, author of Cedar Cove, the popular series appearing on the Hallmark Channel.
During weekdays hop aboard one of the original Mosquito Fleet foot ferry still in operation from the 1900s and weekends, the more modern, Admiral Pete. The scenic ride travels between Bremerton and Port Orchard about every 10 minutes. The fare is $2 (cash only) each way. Schedule is Monday thru Saturday and some weekends for special events. Click here for schedule.
The Port Orchard Farmers Market open 9 am-3pm, is located on the waterfront behind Peninsula Feed, east of the to Port Orchard Marina and one block south of Bay St. 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 on 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. Further on down the waterfront you'll find excellent dining options. If you're into micro-brews be sure to stop by the popular Slaughter County Brewery & Pub.