Poulsbo's historic Little Norway is one of the Kitsap Peninsula's favorite and most popular destination for visitors of all ages and interests. Stroll down Front Street to explore galleries, museums, and shops in Poulsbo's growing Arts District or stop by one of several waterfront restaurants for a bite to eat overlooking the marina and waterfront park. Poulsbo's famous Little Norway is very pedestrian, child, and pet-friendly. It is also a favorite for boaters with a picturesque downtown marina. Affordable lodging options are available at the Poulsbo Guest House International and Poulsbo Inn & Suites, both conveniently located near shopping and dining districts. This charming waterfront community welcomes visitors for the day, overnight and for long, relaxing vacations.
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Poulsbo is a great place to enjoy a weekend getaway anytime of the year. Little Norway features a wonderful, pedestrian-friendly, historic downtown lined with shops, casual and fine dining choices, galleries with local artwork and historic attractions, including the Martinson Cabin Museum in Nelson Park on Lindvig Way.
Poulsbo Maritime Museum & Visitors Center in Downtown Historic Poulsbo located at 19010 Front St. NE — Open Daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum showcases the city's maritime history. It features items from the Pacific Coast Codfish Co. and Mosquito Fleet, which served Poulsbo, and includes ship models, maps and a maritime library. The museum also has a visitors center hosted by the Poulsbo Chamber and Historic Downtown Poulsbo Association.
Permanent and guest moorage with lots of amenities! And you can reach all of the wonderful shops and restaurants that Poulsbo has to offer for the day, the weekend or the week. The Poulsbo Marina is an excellent place to start or end your Kitsap Peninsula National Water Trails adventure! There is kayak and SUP rentals, and beautiful Liberty Bay offers a safe and leisurely way to explore the shorelines and waterways.
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The Sea Discovery Center on the south end of town is a wonderful place to explore with the whole family. The aquarium exhibits feature local marine life from the Puget Sound and the Salish Sea and includes a replica of a tide pool where visitors can interact with sea stars, sea anemones, and much more. There are educational movies and the Hall of Art showcases marine-inspired pieces by local artists. Stay and play interactive educational games and make drawings in the Art Room. Enjoy the views of Liberty Bay and the Olympic Mountains peeking over the horizon from the outdoor deck.
Head to historic downtown Poulsbo for an evening of gallery hopping, shopping and dining on the second Saturday of each month from 5-8 p.m. Each month most art galleries open a new show with a reception for the featured artist. It's a great opportunity to meet local artists, mingle and enjoy refreshments. For more information, go to the VisitPoulsbo.com website. Photo courtesy of Carrie Goller Gallery. Shown above are bentwood boxes made in the traditional Norwegian style created by Al Anderson, a member of the Vertsted Gallery.
If children are in tow, stop by the SEA Discovery Center at the south end of town. Just look for the 7-foot sculpture of an octopus surrounded by sea creatures (also open on other days as well).
Poulsbo is home to several award-winning breweries that have taprooms and brew pubs. Local establishments also are serving up the tasty brews and hardy pub fare, too. Front Street in historic downtown Poulsbo also has wine-tasting rooms, fine and casual dining (children welcome) and lots of great art galleries, clothing and gift shops. And don't forget to stop by Sluys Bakery for the famous Viking Donuts! For international picnic ideas, head to the Marina Market, which offers a wide selection of local and international foods and beverages.