The Kitsap Peninsula truly offers the best of both worlds for visitors from around the world. In addition to all of our natural beauty; forest, miles of trails, accessible public beaches, and open spaces, the Kitsap Peninsula is fast becoming the hot spot for adventure sports, eco-recreation, fine dining, the arts and awarding winning local micro-brews. Surrounded by nearly 300 miles of shoreline and dozens of marinas, you’ll find sophisticated dining, award-winning wineries, shops filled with local art and bakeries to tempt your taste buds .This is a convenient, central location for exploring quaint waterfront communities. The combination of Native American, Scandinavian, military and pioneer attractions are close-by; the Seattle and Tacoma metropolitan areas; the Olympic Peninsula; Victoria and Vancouver, Canada; Portland, Oregon; and three National Parks—all within easy touring distance.
Bremerton site seeing attractions are just an easy walk from the apartment within just a few level blocks next to the waterfront.The Bremerton Harborside and Louis Mentor Boardwalk is an easy stroll with magnificent views across the waterway. The Harborside is located next to the ferry terminal along beautiful Sinclair Inlet. Enjoy the fountains and wide plaza while watching maritime travelers and marine wildlife.
The USS Turner Joy is a floating museum operated by the Bremerton Historic Ships Association. Moored at the north end of the boardwalk, the ship can be explored topside and below decks. She is the last of the Forrest Sherman class destroyers, built in Seattle & commissioned in 1959, decommissioned in 1982. The tour also includes a Vietnam POW memorial.
Kitsap County Historical Society Museum, located just three blocks from the ferry terminal, reveals the rich history of Bremerton and Kitsap County. Museum exhibits include a model of a logging camp and scale models depicting early storefronts. Rotating exhibits display various aspects of the county's history.
Bremerton has a designated arts district in the heart of downtown. Two anchor galleries are: the Amy Burnett Gallery, which displays art pieces created by the nationally-acclaimed owner, along with sculpture, glass, pottery and a variety of mixed-media work by other local and regional artists; and Collective Visions - A Gallery of Art, an artists' cooperative home to rotating exhibits by its two dozen members, where a variety of artistic styles and media can be found.
The SEEfilm Bremerton Cinema with 10 screens opened this summer and is located just a short walk from the apartments.
For children of all ages, visit the Aurora Valentinetti Puppet Museum & Evergreen Children's Theatre to see every type of puppet imaginable.
Want to do a little shopping and grab a bite to eat? There are many small shops and businesses to browse through during the day. Eateries are abundant, from coffee & snack shops to the larger Anthony's at Sinclair Inlet located on the Harborside Development, overlooking the Bremerton Marina.
Once you have explored all that Bremerton has to offer take a short walk to the Bremerton Ferry Terminal and head to Seattle. Getting there is half the fun! Walk aboard to enjoy a stress-free boat ride. The Washington State ferry system is the largest in the United States (third largest in the world). As part of the state highway system, ferries have right of way wherever they sail, passing by great views of Puget Sound's maritime traffic and marine life. Be sure to bring your camera. The trip to Seattle offers the majestic Cascade Mountains, with the Seattle cityscape anchoring picturesque Mt. Rainer. Here’s a list of the most popular things to do in Seattle.
From its hilltop perch, the Space Needle actually seems taller than its 605 feet (184 meters) and – thanks to free telescopes – gives visitors the chance to zoom into downtown or catapult themselves toward the Cascade and Olympic mountains. Since its construction for the 1962 World’s Fair, the Space Needle has become both an internationally recognized icon and Seattle’s most popular attraction. Visitors should leave time for a meal in the SkyCity restaurant: In only 47 minutes, the revolving eatery makes a complete 360-degree rotation.
Pacific Science Center
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2012 (the Space Needle also turns 50 in 2012), the Pacific Science Center continues to engage visitors – especially young ones – through a variety of personal experiences. Children gravitate to the Insect Village and Body Works (where Calorie Bikes calculate energy generated), but the biggest draw may be the Tropical Butterfly Village, where those wearing yellow and red easily attract fluttering friends.
Formerly called Experience Music Project | Science Fiction Museum, the dramatic, fluid lines of the Frank O. Gehry-designed building that houses both museums is a must-see in and of itself. Climb aboard a space station simulation and then have a ball with sci-fi memorabilia, movie costumes, photos and hands-on exhibits. Bounce to performances shown on the world’s largest indoor video screen and then channel your inner Jimi Hendrix (a Seattle native) as you rock out to your own composition in Sound Lab.
The 7th most-visited aquarium in the United States, the Seattle Aquarium features more than 380 species of birds, fish, invertebrates and marine mammals. Visitors can gently touch certain marine animals in the Life on the Edge tide pool or talk with aquarium divers in the Underwater Dome, a spherical undersea room surrounded by 400,000 gallons (1,514 cubic meters) of water.
Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour
The Spirit of Seattle’s one-hour narrated tour offers a unique vantage point from which to view many of the city’s sights with ease: Pike Place Market, Olympic Sculpture Park, the Space Needle, Safeco Field and Qwest Field, to name a few. Relax and enjoy the skyline while someone else does the navigating.
Woodland Park Zoo
Hosting nearly 1,100 animals, the Woodland Park Zoo is nationally recognized for its commitment to creating environments that are true to the animals’ natural habitats. Hippos and giraffes roam on an African savannah, and birds swoop freely in the Tropical Rain Forest dome. Kids get their own special place, too: the Zoomazium, an indoor, nature-themed play space.
Museum of Flight
Looking like the fanciest airplane hangar ever made, the Museum of Flight doesn’t disappoint. Exhibits include the first Air Force One aircraft and the original Boeing manufacturing plant. And you’ll be looking up, with jaw dropped, in the six-story T.A. Wilson Great Gallery, home to 39 historic, full-size aircraft, many of which – including a Douglas DC-3 – appear to be flying by.
Pike Place Market
This historic market, now more than 100 years old, was designed to bring regional farmers and consumers together. Over the past century, however, it has also grown into one of the most popular things to do in Seattle. The market is a feast for the senses, with salmon flying, flowers in a riot of color, and the heady aroma of freshly baked goods. Be sure to snap a photo with Rachel, the bronze pig that serves as the market’s mascot.
Ballard Locks (Hiram H. Chittenden Locks)
Thanks to Army Corps of Engineers district chief Hiram Chittenden, boats have had an easy route from Lake Union and Lake Washington to the Puget Sound for nearly 100 years. Today, visitors atop swinging walkways watch the vessels’ progress and also have a special viewing window for the fish ladder – a 21-step structure that helps fish safely move to and from saltwater to freshwater.
Washington Park Arboretum
Covering 23 acres (93 hectares), the arboretum showcases more than 5,500 different plants from around the world. Though blooms can be found year-round, spring brings an impressive display along Azalea Way, a .75-mile (1.2 km) path and in the Rhododendron Glen. A Japanese garden features a copper-shingled tea house and 11-tier pagoda.
To visit the sites listed above that charge admission fees, use a Seattle CityPASS and save nearly half off combined admission. Plus, CityPASS holders avoid some ticket and entry lines, which means less time waiting and more time doing. Seattle CityPASS includes prepaid admission to the Space Needle, Pacific Science Center, Seattle Aquarium, Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour, EMP Museum, and either the Woodland Park Zoo or The Museum of Flight. Some special exhibits are not included with the CityPASS and may require an extra fee. Passes can be purchased online or at any attraction that accepts CityPASS. Use CityPASS and discover the best of Seattle.
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