The Puget Sound Navy Museum
The Puget Sound Navy Museum collects, preserves, and interprets the naval heritage of the Pacific Northwest from 1840 to the present for the benefit of the U.S. Navy and the people of the United States.
The vision of the Puget Sound Navy Museum is to make the Museum a preferred destination for naval personnel and their families, shipyard workers and their families, and visitors to Bremerton and the Puget Sound region.
The Puget Sound Navy Museum will ensure that the naval heritage of the Pacific Northwest and those who shaped and continue to contribute to it are never forgotten, always remain relevant, and inspire as many people as possible.
Kitsap 9-11 Memorial
The New York/New Jersey Port Authority and the Families of the 9/11Organization awarded Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue two steel beams, recovered from the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, to be used in a national memorial program. The beams traveled from coast to coast to arrive in Silverdale, WA on August 22, 2010 to an emotionally charged crowd of thousands.
Acquiring the steel artifacts to create the memorial was only the beginning of the Kitsap 911 Memorial project. A ground breaking ceremony, held at Evergreen Rotary Park in Bremerton, WA on 9/11/11, was the result of fundraising efforts, community support and many hours of planning.
This moving and beautiful memorial was dedicated with a ceremony on 9-11-2013, and is a short walk from the ferry terminal and Downtown Bremerton. Bring your camera and your tissues, for this is a truly moving memorial.
USS Turner Joy
The USS Turner Joy is a refurbished Vietnam-era destroyer that is now a floating museum operated by the Bremerton Historic Ships Association. Moored at the north end of the Bremerton Boardwalk, the ship can be explored topside and below decks. The tour also includes a Vietnam POW memorial. The ship is a popular location for group events, reunions and guided tours.
515 Pacific Avenue
The Admiral Theatre is a 1940s movie house that was completely refurbished in 1997 into an elegant art deco performing arts venue. The Admiral offers table seating on the first level and row seating in the balcony. Its season includes an array of events that range from local productions to top-notch musical performers to lays with national runs.
Bremerton Community Theatre, Inc.
599 Lebo Boulevard
For more than 50 years, local thespians have entertained Kitsap County audiences with a full season of high quality plays. These volunteers have an impressive record of top-notch productions ranging from drama to comedy.
1600 Chester Avenue
Olympic College presents at least three productions during the school year and sometimes adds a summer production. Plays are held in the college's campus theater and offer students the opportunity to hone their stage skills locally.
Peninsula Dance Theatre
515 Chester Avenue
Peninsula Dance Theater presents four memorable dance programs every year including the perennial holiday favorite 'The Nutcracker', and the eclectic 'Choreographer's Showcase'. Performances are held in Bremerton High School's Performing Arts Center. Season tickets are available.
For more information about local performing arts, contact the Chamber at (360) 479-3579 or visit www.bremertonchamber.org.
YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap County(Bremerton Family YMCA)
60 Magnuson Way
The YMCA is the place to be for fun activities. Fitness classes for kids, teens and adults, swimming lessons and open swim, teen late night activities - you name it, the YMCA's got it! Make sure to drop by the 'Y' the third Saturday of the month for 'Splash & Jam'. The whole family will enjoy swimming, arts and crafts, a G-rated movie and lots more.
With hundreds of miles of shoreline, our community offers virtually unlimited opportunities for boating, fishing, sailing and water skiing.
A number of beautiful state and county parks can be found in close proximity to Bremerton in addition to the City's 600 acres of recreational land for baseball, softball, soccer, horseshoes and a host of other activities. The City of Bremerton also operates one of the top municipal golf courses in the nation, Gold Mountain Golf Complex, and many private, award-winning golf courses are just a few minutes drive from Bremerton.
The City's Parks and Recreation Department also maintains a municipal swimming pool and recreation center and offers a wide variety of leisure and fitness classes for all age groups. They can be reached at (360) 478-5305.
The nearby Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges provide unparalleled oppoertunities for hiking camping and nature appreciation. The Cascades are also internationally renowned for their challenging slopes for skiing and snowboarding.
Kitsap County Historical Society Museum
The museum has one of the finest collections of historic photographs in the area. Museum exhibits include a model of a logging camp and scale models of typical early storefronts in the town. Rotating exhibits depict various aspects of the county's history and programs pertaining to local history. The museum shop offers unique books and gifts that are sure to please everyone on your gift list. In addition, the museum archives are available for historical research.
A scenic ferry ride and a short walk puts spectators at the turnstiles of Safeco Field, home to the Seattle Mariners baseball team. The Seattle Seahawks football is now being played at the state-of-the-art Qwest Stadium, again, just a relaxing ferry ride away. If you're a basketball fan, the Seattle Storm play at Key Arena, which is just north of the ferry terminal via Seattle famous monorail.
For more information about sports activities in Kitsap County, contact the Chamber at (360) 479-3579 or visit Bremerton Chamber.
The mild climate in Western Washington is ideal for year-round golfing. The long, pleasant summer days draw golfers to the links at the crack of dawn until late in the evening. If you enjoy the challenge of a great course with breathtaking scenery, Kitsap County is the place for you!
The region boasts three of the top four golf courses in the state, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. No wonder the courses and their tournaments are so popular. Year after year, Bremerton and Kitsap County's courses rank at the top of the lists of premier facilities.
Gold Mountain Golf Complex
City of Bremerton 7263 West Belfair Valley Road
This complex draws golf enthusiasts from all over the Pacific Northwest. In fact, it has won more awards than any other course in Washington and in 2006 hosted the 81st Annual USGA Amateur Public Links Championship. They hosted the 2008 & 2010 NCAA Western Regionals.
Kitsap Golf & Country Club
3885 NW Golf Club Hill Road
This classic golf and country club has an exciting course and excellent country club facilities including an outdoor swimming pool. They also hold special events throughout the year for members.
McCormick Woods Golf Course & Restaurant
5155 McCormick Woods Drive SW, Port Orchard
McCormick Woods offers a challenge for golfers in a breathtaking - and award-winning - setting and plays host to numerous golf tournaments throughout the year. Enjoy dinner in fabulous Mary Mac's after your game.
White Horse Golf
9260 NE White Horse Dr
Nestled on high ground between the Olympic and Cascade mountains, White Horse Golf Club offers sweeping views of Puget Sound and the mountains.
Each hole is playable for every skill level. Wide fairways and landing areas allow you to swing away. Subtle greens and strategic bunkers keep the course interesting.
Evergreen Children's Theater Aurora Valentinetti Puppet Museum
Are you looking for a fun place to take the kids? Pop in to discover a venue designed for young folks and the young at heart. Get up close and personal with every type of puppet imaginable - and some you simply couldn't have imagined! The theater has many shows throughout the year and the museum has loads of hands-on activities and festivities to keep the little ones enthralled.
Bremerton is one of only a handful of cities that has a designated arts district. Some of the most popular galleries are:
Collective Visions - A Gallery of Art
331 Pacific Avenue
(360) 377 -8327
This artists' cooperative is home to rotating exhibits by its two dozen members. A variety of styles and media can be found in Collective Visions. The gallery also hosts concerts throughout the year featuring a range of musical styles.
Most Bremerton neighborhoods have convenient shopping nearby.
Wheaton Way/Highway 303 is a main commercial thoroughfare that extends from the Warren Avenue Bridge several miles north toward Silverdale. Small, independent shops as well as large retail stores along Wheaton Way offer a wide range of products and services. You'll also find medical services, financial services, hotels and restaurants on Wheaton Way.
Restaurants, accommodations and other businesses can also be found along Kitsap Way into the city from Highway 3. The Callow Avenue businesses district features several local retailers, service providers and unique restaurants.
Downtown Bremerton features a mix of galleries, specialty shops, cafes, banks and offices. Across the Manette Bridge is yet another eclectic mix of small shops and restaurants. The Manette area was recently proclaimed one of the best suburbs in Seattle partly because of this unique mix of shops.
The county's major shopping mall is the Kitsap Mall in Silverdale, which is less than 10 miles from Bremerton. For special shopping excursions, Seattle is only an hour away by ferry or automobile.
Please visit the Chamber Business Directory to shop with Chamber businesses.
4:00 - 7:30 p.m.
May - October
At Evergreen Rotary Park
Park Avenue and Sheldon Boulevard
Bremerton Farmers market website
Bremerton Harborside and Louis Mentor Boardwalk
Stroll along the Louis Mentor Boardwalk to enjoy some of the best views in the county. The Harborside is located right next to the ferry terminal along beautiful Sinclair Inlet. You'll enjoy the playful fountains, wide plaza and relaxing gathering places as you watch ferries, sailboats and wildlife.
Suquamish Clearwater Casino
Gaming enthusiasts can find the fun and action of Las Vegas right in Kitsap County. Clearwater Casino offers slots, blackjack, tournaments, bingo and more. The facility will soon expand to include a fabulous resort hotel in the Spring of 2006. In addition, the Clearwater Cabaret offers live entertainment and you can grab a bite to eat at one of the fine restaurants or delis inside the casino.
There's no doubt that Bremerton and Kitsap County residents like to have a good time and enjoy family-oriented activities. That's why the community plays host to numerous fun activities including:
- Armed Forces Festival, coordinated by the Bremerton Chamber, is our special 'thank you' to the hard-working men and women of our Armed Forces.
Bremerton has long had the distinction of coordinating the nation's largest and longest-running Armed Forces Day Parade on the third Saturday of May. The parade, which began in 1948 - two years before Armed Forces Day became a federally recognized holiday. People from all over the Puget Sound region come out every year to enjoy over 100 marching units, dozens of military entries and several marching bands. Stop by the Lions Pancake Breakfast before the parade and the Puget Sound Energy Hero's Barbeque during and after the parade.
Other major events include the Bremerton Central Lions Armed Forces Festival Ambassadors Scholarship Program, Military Culinary Arts Competition at Olympic College, and the Pepsi Armed Forces Golf Tournament at Gold Mountain Golf Complex.
Contact the Bremerton Chamber of Commerce at (360) 479-3579 for more information.
- First Friday Arts Walk, as the name implies, is held the first Friday of every month. Galleries, museums and businesses in downtown Bremerton and Manette stay open late to provide ample opportunity to enjoy Bremerton's culture and unique shops.
- St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Bremerton gives you a great reason to don your green garb and enjoy being Irish for the day. This annual gathering is coordinated by the Downtown Bremerton Association.
- All City Arts Walk is a popular event held annually on the first Saturday in June. People gather in downtown Bremerton to celebrate the arts by enjoying gallery exhibits, music, sidewalk sales and children's activities.
- Kitsap County Fair and Stampede Rodeo is our community's five-day fair at the end of August.
Attendees are treated to dozens of toe-tapping musical acts, farm animals galore and plenty of food. Cowboys consistently rate the Stampede Rodeo as one of the best rodeos in the nation!
- Bremerton Brewfest celebrated it's 2nd Annual event in July 2013. Member of the Washington Beer Commission close down the downtown streets and feature tastings of microbrews from all around the state. Live music and good food from local restaurants hightlight the day.
- Bremerton Blackberry Festival, coordinated by Bremerton Rotary, signals the last celebration of the summer on Labor Day Weekend. Thousands of people come to the Boardwalk to take advantage of great weather, fun activities, live music and games for the kids. And don't forget to sample all the blackberry goodies for sale. Yum!
- Manette Fest is a community event, hosted by the Manette Business Association, and features food, booths, classic cars, a pancake breakfast, and 'the World's Shortest Parade'
- Safe Trick-or-Treating Downtown is brought to you courtesy of the Downtown Bremerton Association. In addition to candy and gifts, hay rides and storytelling are part of the fun. Include a visit to the USS Turner Joy, which is transformed into a 'Haunted Ship' for the occasion.
- Winter Fest is highlighted by the arrival of Santa downtown and in Manette. It is held in conjunction with December's First Friday Arts Walk and is hosted by the Downtown Bremerton Association. The kids will certainly have a great time at this old-fashioned holiday celebration.
- Lighted Boat Parade, presented by the Bremerton Yacht Club, takes place in mid-December. Sparkling lights are mirrored on the water as boats glide along the shoreline. Wave to Santa as he calls out to good boys and girls on the waterfront.
The Fairgrounds also hosts several other popular event including:
March - Home Builders' Association's Annual Home Show
December - Toys for Tots Christmas Party
For more information on these and other exciting events, contact the Chamber at (360) 479-3579 or head to the Chamber events page.
Hockey, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, BMX and many more activities for sports enthusiasts are found through-out Kitsap County. Spectators will also enjoy the variety of sports in the community including semi-pro, college and high school sports.
Many local high schools produce nationally and internationally acclaimed athletes ranging from swimming sensations Dana and Tara Kirk from Bremerton High School, Willie Bloomquist (South Kitsap High) formerly with the Seattle Mariners to professional basketball's sensation Marvin Williams with the Atlanta Hawks who graduated from Bremerton High School in 2004. Bremerton's own Nathan Adrian has also won multiple Olympic Gold Medals. To see the 'street naming' ceremony for Nathan Adrian Drive click here.
Of course, one of the greatest fringe benefits of living in Kitsap County is the opportunity to attend a variety of professional sporting events without the transportation and parking hassles that face most metropolitan area fans.
Athletics are big part of daily life in Bremerton and the surrounding area. Whether at the professional, college, park & rec, military, schools, select, or Pee Wee youth levels, athletics is one of the elements that makes Bremerton such an attractive place to live and do business. Since the early 1900's countless local athletes on to college and later to play at the professional level. Additionally, Bremerton has several excellent athletic facilities to help individuals and team develop to their potential.
Take the time to check out the different althetic programs offered throughout the city and learn how you to can become involved.
Olympic College Athletics
The The Olympic College Rangers Olympic College has been successfully competing in intercollegiate athletics since 1946 and has a rich and storied history. The mission of the Olympic College Athletic Department is to conduct a diverse athletic program consistent with the mission of the institution. The Athletic Department is dedicated to the academic, athletic and social growth of each student-athlete. Athletics at Olympic College contributes to educational and personal growth of young men and women by developing the positive attributes of dedication, discipline, responsibility, cooperation, self-confidence, leadership and citizenship. Olympic College offers thirteeen intercollegiate sports: Cross Country, Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball, Softball, Track & Field, and Golffor female student/athletes and Cross Country, Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, Track & Field, and Golffor male student/athletes. Olympic College is a member of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC). The NWAACC is the largest community college conference in the country with 39 members.
Bremerton High School
The Bremerton Knights are the City of Bremerton's only public four-year high school. Classified as a 2A school by the WIAA (Washington Interscholastic Activities Associatin) the Knights compete in the Olympic League against the Klahowya Eagles, Kingston Buccaneers, North Mason Bulldogs, North Kitsap Vikings, Olympic Trojans, Port Angeles Roughriders, and Sequim Wolves. In all, the school field eighteen (18) different varsity and junior varsity teams for both male and female student athletes.
Bremerton Park & Rec Athletics
Bremerton Park & Rec is the center for all recreation sports in Kitsap County. It runs year-round league and tournaments that focus primarily on adult and youth basketball, as well as softball.
The Y is a cause-driven organization focused on three key areas: youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We believe a strong community can only be achieved when we invest in our kids, our health, and our neighbors.
For Youth Development
Nurturing the potential of every child and teen. The values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for life. At the Y, children and teens learn values and positive behaviors, and can explore their unique talents and interests, helping them realize their potential.
For Healthy Living
Improving our community's health and well-being. Being healthy is about maintaining a balanced spirit, mind, and body. At the Y you can work toward that balance by challenging yourself with new activities, fostering connections with neighbors, or joining family-centered activities.
For Social Responsibility
Giving back and providing support to our neighbors. The generosity of others is at the core of the Y's existence as a nonprofit. It is only through the support of hundreds of volunteers and public and private donors that we are able to support and give back to our communities. The Y is for everyone. Our programs, services, and initiatives enable youth to realize their potential, offer families ways to have fun together, empower people to be healthier in spirit, mind and body, welcome and embrace newcomers and help foster social responsibility.
AttractionsFor additional tourism information,
visit the Visit Kitsap website