Fort Worden State Park, WA in Fast Forward

You must have places you wish to return to for another visit.  Everyone, even the busiest of travelers has to have at least a few spots.  Maybe the site was so spectacular that it’s more than worth a second (or third…) look.  Maybe you want to show it off to friend or family member.  Or maybe, in our case recently, you just didn’t get enough time there in the first place.

By the time we reached Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, Washington, we’d already had quite an eventful morning.  We enjoyed a big breakfast at Sweet Laurette, checked out of our hotel, cruised the shops and galleries along Water Street, and even had a peek into the Maritime Center.  The Fort was unfortunately our last stop before we headed home to Seattle, and we were working around Bergen’s nap schedule.

After checking in at the Visitors Center for a map and a lay of the land, we raced over to the closest battery.  With Bergen in the stroller and not yet walking, there wasn’t much for him to discover safely, so I took Norman through some agility exercises via the stairs and various elements of the battery.  In the meantime, Slaed and Bergen located a trail that would take us down toward the beach and lighthouse.  I can’t wait to take Bergen back here when he’s a little older.  What a perfect place for little guys and girls to run around and explore with their family!

We would hook up with the trail, but not without taking a look inside this spooky bunker.

This is where we really picked up the pace, and kicked it into high gear.  We wanted to actually get to the shore, see the Point Wilson Lighthouse, and make our way back to the car.  There was little time to linger, and take in the views as Norman and I literally chased after Slaed and Bergen.

Can you see Mount Baker in the distance?

Once off the trail, we caught a glimpse of the many camp sites available, and the Battery Kinzie.  Fort Worden was one of three forts that protected the Puget Sound area, specifically the Bremerton Naval Yard, and the cities of Everett, Seattle and Tacoma  from 1900 to the early 1950s.  Interestingly enough, not one of the three forts (Fort Casey on Whidbey Island & Fort Flagler in Nordland are the other two) ever had to fire a hostile shot.

Battery Kinzie

Needless to say, there was no time for close-up exploration of the lighthouse, which as it turns out is okay as this lighthouse is not open to the public.  We breezed past it, and caught up with the main road taking us back towards the car.

Point Wilson Lighthouse

Fort Worden has so much more to offer than what we were able to see during our quick visit.  Miles of hiking trails are available, some ADA, making them a good choice for kids in strollers.  The beaches are known for being kid-friendly, there are kayaks available to rent, and several museums to learn about the history of Fort Worden.

Info to Know:

  • Fort Worden State Parkis located in Port Townsend, Washington on the Northeast side of the Olympic Peninsula.
    • 200 Battery Way
      Port Townsend, Washington 98368

      (360) 344-4400

  • Several lodging choices are available within the park ,which include campgrounds, officer’s housing, dormitories, and even a castle!
  •  Check ahead of time to find out the hours of the park’s various establishments.
  • Cost: $10 for a day pass OR annual Discover Pass ($30)

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18 thoughts on “Fort Worden State Park, WA in Fast Forward

    • You’re right, it was surprisingly uncrowded. I’m thinking many were busy with back to school activities on that particular weekend. I wish there had been enough time to relax and enjoy the beach 🙂 Next time !

  1. We have been to Fort Casey and Fort Flagler, but not Fort Worden yet. Those old military batteries are fascinating and the natural beauty of the Puget Sound never fails us.

    • Yes, you’ll definitely have to complete the Puget Sound battery tour with Fort Worden…and I need to complete mine with Fort Flagler. It’s amazing to think back to what it must have been like when they were actually functioning forts.

  2. Looks like a great place to spend some time with your family! Too bad that you weren’t able to visit this lighthouse – it looks like a beauty! I became a bit obsessed with lighthouses while we were on the east coast this summer. This one reminds me of the ones that we saw in Newfoundland with a dwelling for the lightkeeper’s family attached – I had never seen lighthouses with that design before.

    • Loved your lighthouse picnic! It is too bad that this one is closed to the public, but I was just reading that there is talk of opening it up for all to enjoy-let’s hope that happens soon 🙂 We went to the Port San Luis Lighthouse in central California last year & we got to tour the living quarters that they’ve turned into a museum of sorts–so neat to get to see what it was like for the family that lived there many, many years ago…

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