Gig Harbor Things to Do
Skansie Brothers Park
This is the core downtown Gig Harbor park, with a picnic shelter (with no picnic tables), open grass, public restrooms, and picnic tables on a pier above the water. There is a small Monument to the Fisherman here, and a public access dock.
This is also the storage location for one of the local kayak clubs.
The park is easy to find, as downtown Gig Harbor isn't that big and there is a HUGE flag pole on the southern edge of the park.
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The Tides Tavern: Great Dockside Tavern
Great Burgers and ale seved up with a smile. Sit back and watch the saliboats drift by and see a sunset on Mount Rainier!
Gig Harbor Off The Beaten Path
This small park is one of only several publicly available locations that allow a good view of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Much of the park land is suburban forest: part native forest and part invasive species. The only real publicly accessible area of the park is the parking area at the bottom of the hill. This area features a portable toilet, a paved parking area, and a trail down to the edge of the beach.
There isn't too much beach here at high tide.
There are a couple of benches, one of which has a covered shelter over it, and a park telescope for viewing the surrounding area, but generally intended to aim at the bridges and the water under them.
There are two warnings I have to give about this park:
This area has had heavy water contamination from over 100 years of industrial use at nearby Point Ruston. The material on the beach is hazardous and thoroughly wash up after any contact with the beach. Shell fish from this area should be avoided.
The road down the hill to this beach is very narrow, and not something that should be attempted in any sort of large vehicle, and it should also not be attempted while on foot.
It is possible to launch a hand-carried water craft from here, but it must be carried down the trail to the beach.
The park hours are 7am to dusk.
How to Get Here: The official address is 1502 Lucille Pkwy NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335. However, the road down to the park is called Doc's Drive. From highway 16, take exit 8 (the one just north of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge), which is 24th Street / Gig Harbor Airport. Go to west end of exit, and turn south onto Jahn Avenue. Turn left onto Stone Drive, Lucille Parkway. You will see the entrance to the park on the right side.Related to:
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visit the Tides Tavern. A...
Favorite thing: visit the Tides Tavern. A quaint tavern located on the water. In the summer it's fabulous to sit outside on the deck and take in the beauty of the Harbor and view of Mt. Ranier. Also, if your a sailor, pull right up to their dock and tie up. They need to make the outside seating area larger.
Fondest memory: Gig Harbor is like the Sausilito of the Pacific Northwest. Art Galleries, resturants and the general beauty of a harbor village. I lived there for 4 years and will be returning for good this fall to open a bed a breakfast. If you sail, it's a beautiful harbor to sail into. I miss walking through the harbor on summer afternoons. I found the residents of Gig Harbor very friendly. Everyone you pass walking on the streets always has a smile and a friendly hello. Try to find that in a big city.
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Fondest memory: In Gig Harbor, I love to go walking along the waterfront in downtown, especially on a sunny day. It's just nice to walk along the sidewalk and go in and look around the little shops with friends. A good way to spend your Saturday afternoon.
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