30 OF THE BEST NAVAL BASE KITSAP THINGS TO DO
By Jamie Rogers
IntroductionNatural outdoor beauty and abundant arts and entertainment await you with a Permanent Change of Station to Naval Base Kitsap. As the third-largest Navy installation in the U.S. — created in 2004 by merging the former Naval Station Bremerton with Naval Submarine Base Bangor — NB Kitsap encompasses more than 12,000 acres throughout the scenic Kitsap Peninsula in Washington state. With so many support activities here, you may feel doubly blessed with nearby rest and recreation services. But don’t forget to explore your surroundings: Seattle is just an hour’s drive or a 30-minute ferry ride across Puget Sound. Know what activities you’re interested in? Click the number(s) to jump right to them: (1-2) Aquatics (3-4) Bowling (5) Golfing (6-10) Gyms (11-12) Movies (13-18) Parks, Rivers, and Lakes (19-21) Attractions (22-28) Arts and Museums (29-30) Sports
Suggested Read: Naval Base Kitsap: In-Depth Welcome Center
COVID-19 NoticeDue to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, many businesses, venues, and parks may be temporarily closed or operating under restricted hours. Many, if not all, of the ones listed here, are likely subject to such restrictions for the time being though new re-openings and closings occur all the time. Therefore, a place we mention here may not currently be open or available for the time being. Check individual websites provided in each section or call to find out each place’s current hours and situation.
30 Things to Do Near Naval Base Kitsap
1. Bangor Aquatics Center2701 Ohio St. Building 2700 Silverdale, WA 98315
Phone: 1 (360) 315-2131 Whether you’re looking for exercise or easy times, this 25-yard pool inside the Bangor Fitness will meet and exceed your needs. Visit the facility’s website for info on hours, swim lessons, equipment, the outdoor patio, private parties, and more.
2. Bremerton Aquatics Training Facility120 S. Dewey St. Building 1017 Bremerton, WA 98314
Phone: 1 (360) 476-9416 Get your fitness fix at this 25-meter pool with six lanes of lap swimming available anytime during operating hours. Then relax in the center’s hot tub as a reward. Check the website for hours, equipment availability, and more info.
3. Bangor Olympic Lanes Bowling Center2701 Ohio St. Silverdale, WA 98315
Phone 1: 1 (360) 396-2151 (Monday-Thursday)
Phone 2: 1 (360) 396-2494 (Friday-Sunday) Come throw some strikes at these pristine lanes that are perfect for birthdays, command functions, or a good time anytime. The fun heats up with Extreme Fireball Bowling — complete with glow-in-the-dark atmosphere, laser lights, and more — on Friday and Saturday nights. Visit the website for more information.
4. Bremerton Recreation Center Bowling120 S Dewey St. Building 502 Bremerton, WA 98314
Phone: 1 (360) 360-476-3178 Conveniently located in the Bremerton Recreation Center, these six lanes are available for open bowling and lane rentals. Visit the website for hours, pricing, and more information.
5. Gallery Golf Course3065 N. Cowpens Road Oak Harbor, WA 98278
Phone: 1 (360) 257-2178 This challenging 18-hole course features tree-lined fairways, rolling hills, and stunning views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Vancouver Island. Check the website for info on hours, lessons, the pro shop, and more.
Naval Base Kitsap Gym
6. Bangor Fitness ComplexOhio Street Building 2700 Silverdale, WA 98315
Phone: 1 (360) 315-2134 At this full-service, state-of-the-art center, fitness is made fun with cardio machines, free weights, spin bikes, group fitness classes, and more. Eligible users include active duty and active-duty family members, retiree and retiree family members, Reservist and Reservist family members, and DOD civilian employees and DOD contractors. Check the gym’s website for hours, class schedules, and additional info.
7. Bangor GymBangor Lower Base Sturgeon Road Building 7085 Silverdale, WA 98315
Phone: 1 (360) 396-5406 The center offers the best in cardio and strength fitness equipment, full locker rooms and showers rooms, and a group exercise room. Check the website for more info.
8. Bremerton Fitness Complex120 S Dewey St. Building 1017 Bremerton, WA 98314
Phone: 1 (360) 476-2231 In addition to the usual cardio and weight machines, the Bremerton complex also features a regulation basketball court/volleyball court, three racquetball courts, and full locker rooms with sauna, showers, and lockers. Visit the complex’s website for details on hours, court reservations, and more.
9. Naval Hospital MWR Fitness CenterHigbee Road Bremerton, WA 98312
Phone: 1 (360) 475-4546 The fitness center is adjacent to Naval Hospital Bremerton. Fitness staff provides limited services; check the gym’s website for more details. Keyport
10. Keyport Fitness Center610 Dowell St. Building 198 Keyport, WA 98345
Phone: 1 (360) 315-2134 This unstaffed facility offers the best in cardio and strength fitness equipment, basketball and racquetball courts. A key fob, available at the Bangor and Bremerton Fitness Centers, is required for scanned entry. Partners are required when working out in this facility.
11. Bangor Cinema Plus Theater2501 Ohio St. Silverdale, WA 98315
Phone: 1 (360) 396-2515 This theater on base, with digital and 3D technology, is perfect for family movie nights, command events, or private screenings. Visit the website for current movie schedules, admission, and more information.
12. Bremerton Recreation Center Movie Lounge120 S Dewey St. Building 502 Bremerton, WA 98314
Phone: 1 (360) 476-3178 Choose from hundreds of free movies to watch on a premium HD laser format projector in this cozy movie lounge within the Bremerton Recreation Center. Visit the website for movie lineups and more.
Parks, Rivers, and Lakes
13. Bangor Recreation CenterBangor Plaza Ohio Street Building 2720 Silverdale, WA 98315
Phone: 1 (360) 396-2449 Rent outdoor equipment; reserve spaces at Camp McKean, Elwood Point, or Trident Lakes; get discount travel and tickets, store your vehicle, and more here. Visit the center’s website for more info.
14. Trident Lakes Recreation AreaTrigger Avenue Silverdale, WA 98315
Phone: 1 (360) 396-2449 Located just inside the Trigger Avenue gate at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor, Trident Lakes is popular with families for a fun get-away. Along with the usual picnic spots, the area features a large play area designed to look like a ship. Find out more about fishing, grilling and other activities at the area’s website.
15. Bangor Skate ParkOhio Street behind Bangor Fitness Center Silverdale, WA 98315
Phone: 1 (360) 396-2449 Youngsters and “big kids” can shred to their heart’s content at this free park. Conveniently located on base, the skate park features mini half pipes, two quarter pipes, a fun box with a grind rail and more. Peep the website for more info.
16. Bremerton Recreation Center120 S Dewey St. Building 502 Bremerton, WA 98314
Phone: 1 (360) 476-3178 Designed to be your one-stop shop for entertainment and relaxation, the center has lounge chairs, laptops for check out, gaming consoles, a snack bar, library services, outdoor equipment rentals, and more. Check the website for more ways to have fun.
17. Camp McKean Recreation Area950 W. Kitsap Lake Road NW Bremerton, WA 98314
Phone: 1 (360) 396-2449 Set along the scenic Kitsap Lake shoreline, Camp McKean has a beach, large pavilion, gazebo, upper picnic field with two shelters, restrooms, fire rings, barbecue grills, children’s playground, fishing pier, boat dock and horseshoe pits. Learn about boat rentals, parking, and more on the area’s website.
18. Elwood Point Recreation AreaThe Landings Waterfront Bremerton, WA 98314
Phone: 1 (360) 396-2449 Elwood Point is located within The Landings on Bremerton’s scenic Ostrich Bay. Enjoy a large picnic pavilion and children’s playground. A softball field and basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Get more information on the area’s website.
19. Pike Place Market85 Pike St. Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 1 (206) 905-2100 With more than 9 acres of land and more than 100 years of history, the Pike Place Market represents “The Soul of Seattle.” More than 10 million people a year visit with 225 small independent businesses, 225 craftspeople, 85 farmers, and a diverse array of restaurants within the market, not to mention a fair number of flying fish. A MarketFront expansion in 2017 has created a dramatic plaza, blending retail and living spaces. Check the website for hours and more information.
20. The Space Needle400 Broad St. Seattle, WA 98109
Phone: 1 (206) 905-2100 One of the most recognizable landmarks in the United States, this futuristic tower was built for the 1962 World’s Fair and stands 605 feet above the Seattle Center arts and entertainment district. The Space Needle offers 360-degree indoor and outdoor panoramic views of downtown, Mount Rainier, Puget Sound, and the Cascades and Olympic mountain ranges. Find out info about hours, admission, history and more at the Needle’s website.
21. Woodland Park Zoo5500 Phinney Ave. N Seattle, WA 98103
Phone: 1 (206) 548-2500 Founded in 1899, this zoo manages the largest live animal collection in Washington state, with 1,100 animals, representing more than 300 species. The zoo’s botanical collection includes more than 92,000 plants and trees. Find more info on hours, tickets, and the endangered animals the zoo protects at its website.
Arts and Museums
22. Admiral Theatre515 Pacific Ave. Bremerton, WA 98337
Phone: 1 (360) 373-6743 Built as a movie house in 1942, this theater was renovated in 1997 into Kitsap’s premier live entertainment and events venue. Its annual season includes 60 professional shows, 50 community events, and a two-week musical theater summer camp for kids. Visit the website for schedules, tickets, and more.
23. Bremerton WestSound Symphony645 Fourth St., Suite 206 Bremerton, WA 98337
Phone: 1 (360) 373-1722 This 60-member orchestra technically doesn’t employ “professional” musicians, but the doctors, firefighters, accountants, government employees, and many teachers who perform in this orchestra bring just as much heart to the music as the pros. The orchestra plays for over 300 season ticket holders and more than 5,000 West Puget Sound community members each season. Visit the website for schedules, prices, programming, and more information.
24. Bug Museum and Nature Gift Shop1118 Charleston Beach Road W Bremerton, WA 98312
Phone: 1 (800) 870-4284 Explore strange bugs under the microscope, look through glasses that let you see as a bug, and watch busy ants in the 8-foot-long ant farm. There are over 15 kid-friendly exhibits to explore, and it’s all free. Dig into the website for info on hours, tickets, and more.
25. Kids Discovery Museum301 Ravine Lane NE Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Phone: 1 (206) 855-4650 The Kids Discovery Museum blurs the line between learning and playing to inspire a life-long journey of discovery. From Armed Forces Day through Labor Day, the museum is free for active-duty military families as part of the Blue Star Museums program. Visit its website for more info about hours and exhibits.
26. Museum of Popular Culture325 Fifth Ave. N Seattle, WA 98109
Phone: 1 (206) 770-2700 You can’t miss the shiny, swirly sheet metal of this 140,000-square-foot facility designed by Frank O. Gehry. Formerly the Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, the museum is home to exhibits ranging from the art of fantasy, horror cinema, and video games to science fiction, literature and costumes from screen and stage. Find out about special exhibits, hours, and admission at the MoPOP website.
27. Pacific Northwest Ballet301 Mercer St. Seattle, WA 98109
Phone: 1 (206) 441-2424 One of the largest and most highly regarded ballet companies in the United States, this company of nearly 50 dancers presents more than 100 performances each year of full-length and mixed repertory ballets at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall in Seattle. Check the troupe’s website for schedules, tickets, and more information.
28. Puget Sound Navy Museum251 First St. Bremerton, WA 98337
Phone: 1 (360) 479-7447 Experience life as a sailor through exhibits about the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, the USS John C. Stennis, Special Operations Submarines, and more. Admission is free. For hours and more information, visit the museum’s website.
29. Seattle Seahawks800 Occidental Ave. S Seattle, WA 98134 Phone: 1 (206) 381-7500 Makes some noise as a “12th Man” fan of this popular National Football League team. Visit the 2013 Super Bowl champion’s website for rosters, schedules, tickets, and more information.
30. Kitsap Admirals3030 Wheaton Way Bremerton, WA 98310 Phone: 1 (360) 525-3528 The Kitsap Admiral Basketball Club is a semi-professional international feeder program playing at the former East Bremerton High School. Get the scoop on the hoopsters’ schedule, tickets, and more at their website.
ConclusionWhether you find a pastime on base or around Puget Sound, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with all the opportunities at Naval Base Kitsap. Don’t forget that friends at your new installation will also be a great resource for recreation recommendations at your new home.
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