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Great Places: West Sound

A roundup of places to go and things to do west of Puget Sound, including Bainbridge Island, Bremerton, Port Townsend and Olympic National Park.

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Blake Island State Park

Blake Island Beach, nature trails on 475-acre marine camping park, reachable by private boat or tour boat (360-902-8844 or; Tillicum Village tour-boat cruise, salmon dinner and Northwest Coast Native American dance performance, hours and prices vary, Argosy Cruises, Pier 55, Seattle (206-622-8687 or

Kids Discovery Museum

Bainbridge Island Exhibits, activities for children through age 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon-4 p.m. Sundays, 301 Ravine Lane, Bainbridge Island, $4-$5 (206-855-4650 or

Bainbridge Island

Historical Society and Museum

Bainbridge Island Cultural and historical artifacts, photographs, 1-4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, 215 Ericksen Ave. N.E., Bainbridge Island; $3-$4 (

Bloedel Reserve

Bainbridge Island Forest trails, bird refuge, Japanese garden, waterfall, visitors center, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, 7571 N.E. Dolphin Drive, Bainbridge Island; $5-$13, ages 12 and younger free (206-842-7631 or

Wineries of Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island Artisanal wineries, most open only occasional weekends; two tasting rooms within walking distance of the ferry dock (

Battle Point Park

Bainbridge Island Sport courts, trail, horse area, Battle Point Astronomical Association astronomy center, ponds, rose garden on 90 acres, 11299 Arrow Point Drive N.E., Bainbridge Island (206-842-2306 or

Gazzam Lake Preserve

Bainbridge Island Extensive trail system through 444 acres of forest and wetlands, Baker Hill Road and Marshall Road, west of Crystal Spring Drive, Bainbridge (

Classic Cycling

Bainbridge Island Display of 200 historic bikes from the last 125 years, bike shop with rentals, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, 740 Winslow Way, Bainbridge Island (206-842-9191 or

Puget Sound Navy Museum

Bremerton Naval history of Puget Sound, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, 251 First St., Bremerton; free admission, donations appreciated (360-479-7447).

USS Turner Joy

Bremerton Vietnam-era destroyer tours, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, 300 Washington Beach Ave., Bremerton; $7-$12, free for active military with ID (360-792-2457or

Aurora Valentinetti

Puppet Museum

Bremerton Display of puppets from cultures around the world, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 257 Fourth St., Bremerton; donations suggested (360-373-2992or

Suquamish Tribal Center

Poulsbo History, art and culture of the Suquamish people; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, 15838 Sandy Hook Road, Poulsbo; $2-$4 (360-598-3311 or

Sidney Museum and Gallery/Log Cabin Museum

Port Orchard Art gallery and history museum, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Sundays, 202 Sidney Ave., Port Orchard; log cabin with exhibits of home life in the past 100 years, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Sundays, 416 Sidney Ave., Port Orchard; free, donations appreciated (360-876-3693 or

Harbor History Museum

Gig Harbor History of the Gig Harbor peninsula, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor; $4-$6 (253-858-6722 or

Naval Undersea Museum

Keyport Exhibits on ocean environment, torpedo and mine warfare technology, U.S. submarines, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, closed Tuesdays in May, 1 Garnett Way, Keyport; free (360-396-4148).

Port Gamble Historic Museum

Port Gamble Heirlooms, artifacts, photographs of local history, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, 32400 Rainier Ave. N.E., Port Gamble; $3-$4 (360-297-8078).

Olympic Peninsula Gateway Visitor Center

Port Ludlow Information on visiting Olympic Peninsula, history exhibit, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, 93 Beaver Valley Road, Port Ludlow (360-437-0120 or

Theler Community Center and Wetlands Trails

Hood Canal Four miles of trails on 75 acres, with information on birds and wildlife, no pets allowed, trails open daylight hours, 22871 N.E. State Route 3, Belfair (360-275-4898 or

Washington State Parks

Hood Canal Hiking, camping, shellfish gathering, boating; Belfair State Park, 410 N.E. Beck Road, Belfair; Jarrell Cove State Park, Hartstene Island, Shelton; Potlatch State Park, on Highway 101 between Shelton and Hoodsport; Scenic Beach State Park, known for its native rhododendrons and views of Hood Canal and Olympic Mountains, with ADA accessible paths, 9 miles south of Silverdale, Hood Canal (360-902-8844 or

Fort Worden State Park

Port Townsend Access to shoreline of Strait of Juan de Fuca, conference center, camping, 34 former military housing units available for rent, bicycle, kayak rentals; 200 Battery Way, Port Townsend (360-344-4400 or

• Guardhouse Visitor Center and Gift Shop, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily;

• Port Townsend Marine Science Center with natural history, marine science exhibits, noon-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday through June 9, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Mondays June 10-Sept. 5; $3-$5 (360-385-5582 or;

• Coast Artillery Museum, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. daily through May 30, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. daily May 31-Sept. 5, $1-$3 (360-385-0373).

Rothschild House Museum

Port Townsend One-hundred-year-old home open for tours, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. daily; Franklin and Taylor Streets, Port Townsend; $1-$4 (360-385-1003 or

Jefferson County

Historical Museum

Port Townsend Displays on Jefferson County's early settlers, native inhabitants, Victorian era, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, 540 Water St., Port Townsend; $1-$4 or $6/museum and Rothschild House (360-385-1003 or

Port Townsend/Jefferson County Visitor Information Center

Port Townsend Information on local attractions, lodging, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, 440 12th St., Port Townsend (360-385-2722 or or

Wineries of the Olympic Peninsula

Port Townsend/Port Angeles Artisan wineries on the north Olympic Peninsula (800-785-5495 or

Olympic Game Farm

Sequim Drive-through viewing of buffalo, tigers, zebra, wolves, yaks, bears, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, until 6 p.m. Saturdays; mini-walking tours of barn and aquarium, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, daily starting June 13; 1423 Ward Road, Sequim; $11-$14 (360-683-4295 or

Museum & Arts Center

Sequim Art, mastodon exhibit, cultural and military history, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, 175 W. Cedar St., Sequim; donations accepted (360-683-8110 or

Olympic National Park

Olympic Peninsula Mountains, old-growth forests, Pacific Coast, rain forests, campgrounds; single-visit vehicle permit, $15/seven days; individual on foot, horseback, motorcycle, $5/seven days; Olympic National Park Annual Pass, $30 (360-565-3131 or;

• Olympic National Park Visitor Center information, exhibits on natural and cultural history, nature trails, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, extended hours in summer, 3022 Mount Angeles Road, Port Angeles (360-565-3130);

• Hurricane Ridge Visitors Center, exhibits exploring the Olympic high-country ecosystem, trails, gift shop, open daily when road is open, Hurricane Ridge, Port Angeles (360-565-3131).

• Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center, wilderness use permits, nature trails, information on camping, hours vary, open daily in summer, Upper Hoh Road, 31 miles south of Forks (360-374-6925).

Compiled by Madeline McKenzie,

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