Whether you’re looking to take in a game or cool off with a trip down a waterslide, you’ll find what you’re after in Kitsap County and nearby areas.
This region has previously been known as the birth of grunge rock, Starbucks and wet weather but has built up quite a golf empire over the past decade, blossoming into a destination worthy of players from around the world. When the U.S. Open chose Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place as its 2015 host, it was a proverbial “open for business” sign for golf tourism in the Pacific Northwest that was previously nonexistent. A variety of public and country club courses are available in Kitsap County, including Port Orchard’s Trophy Lake Golf & Casting that caters to golf enthusiasts and fly fishers, Port Ludlow Golf Course with its twin nine-hole courses and Allyn’s newly expanded 27-hole LakeLand Village. For a full list of public and private courses in Washington, visit the Washington State Golf Association directory at http://thewsga.org/membership-home/course-directory.
3030 Wheaton Way
Bremerton, WA 98310
The Kitsap Admiral Basketball Club is a semi-professional international feeder program in Bremerton. The team was established in 2011 and is now part of the NABL (North American Basketball League). The Admirals play in what is formerly East Bremerton High School. The organization also includes the Flight 360 Dance Crew.
Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails
The Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails provides a network of launch and landing sites that allows people in human-powered boats and beach-able sail craft to enjoy the historic, scenic and environmental richness of the Puget Sound’s Kitsap Peninsula through single- and multi-day trips. The trail’s 12 segments are no more than 15 miles long. The trail traverses many diverse communities and salmon-rich ecosystems and is host to schools, tribes, recreational departments of cities and others for marine wildlife education.
The Riding Place Equestrian Center
4798 E. Stable Lane
Port Orchard, WA 98366
Located on a 20-acre site close to Port Orchard, The Riding Place offers full- and self-care boarding, lessons and instructions, and beautiful trails to ride your horse. The Riding Place is a sponsor of the Kitsap County 4-H Club, and the Shadow Riders meet at the center twice a month.
Snohomish Aquatic Center
516 Maple Ave.
Snohomish, WA 98290
The Snohomish Aquatic Center is a 52,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility. It includes a competition pool with a dive area, recreation pool, warm-water pool, spray-play area, zero-entry area, surf-simulation machine, lazy river and a waterslide. Other amenities include locker rooms, private meeting/party spaces, cafe and a family changing area. For more information on hours and fees, visit the aquatic center’s website.
U.S. Highway 2
Skykomish, WA 98288
From Thanksgiving to Easter, the steep slopes of the Cascades carry the high hopes of skiers. There’s lots of dry powder and lots of variation for every skill level. The closest downhill skiing area is Stevens Pass, 140 miles east of Bremerton. This fully equipped ski area offers a variety of terrain for downhill skiers of all levels. It has a vertical rise of about 2,000 feet with a dozen lifts and is open for both day and night skiing. The area includes day lodge facilities and offers ski lessons as well as rentals. In warmer months, Stevens Pass is full of mountain bikers, hikers and people who want to enjoy a scenic chairlift ride.
Wild Waves Theme and Water Park
36201 Enchanted Parkway S
Federal Way, WA 98003
The Wild Waves Theme and Water Park has something for everyone. Kids and parents alike will enjoy the raging river ride or lazy river and can relax in the warm tubs after a long day of wild water rides. On the theme park side, the Enchanted Village boasts rides geared toward thrills, including the I-5 Dive Skycoaster where you can experience what it’s like to skydive, and the park’s first roller coaster, known as the Wild Thing. Other offerings include the classic carousel, bumper cars and Ferris wheel, as well as rides designed solely for the little ones. For more information on hours and ticket prices, visit Wild Waves Theme and Water Park’s website.
Woodland Park Zoo
5500 Phinney Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103
Founded in 1899, Woodland Park Zoo has sparked delight, discovery and unforgettable memories for generations of Northwest families. The zoo manages the largest live animal collection in Washington state, with 1,100 animals, representing more than 300 species. The zoo provides a home for 40 endangered and 17 threatened or vulnerable animal species. The zoo’s botanical collection includes more than 92,000 plants and trees representing more than 1,300 species. A gift shop, food pavilion, picnic areas and on-site educational programs are also available.