If visiting from Seattle, the best way to explore the natural side of Bremerton is with the ferry. The one-hour ferry is a therapeutic and scenic boat ride to see the Puget Sound and the cities from the waterfront. It is also possible to see eagles hunting nearby the shoreline to keep your eyes peeled to the sky.
Some choose to cross the ferry on their bike, and then explore the natural surroundings by biking everywhere. Whatever you choose, the one-hour ferry is worth the trip, especially at sunset!
Immediately upon exiting the ferry terminal, is an easy and walkable path along the downtown's waterfront. If you ride the ferry without a car, this is a must do. Walkers can spend one to two hours meandering past restaurants, statues and memorials, which is a great way to get to know the history and makings in Bremerton.
Lavender is one of the most quintessential Pacific Northwest plants in the Kitsap County. Located on a small hillside behind a small house, is a fun little you-pick lavender farm complete with a gift shop that contains bath, home and body items using the fresh-picked lavender. The you-pick lavender farm is available during the summer harvest months, and in the gardens one can enjoy freshly made lavender lemonade and baked treats. The farm is also available for small weddings or wedding picture reservations.
Kitsap Community Food Coop
âIf searching to eat on the natural side of life, KCFP is located in downtown Bremerton near the ferry terminal. This organic grocery store is expanding to a stage two that will offer a prepared foods kitchen, to serve various sandwiches and baked goods. For a classic, blue-collar American diner that offers plenty of breakfast and vegetarian options, check out Hi-Lo's Cafe.
This is a beautiful 2.2 acre downtown plaza located next to the Naval Museums. The plaza is a manicured park featuring the Harborside Fountains where children run and play during the summer months. The fountains were constructed to look like the top of a submarine, and the park features plenty of benches and picnic tables to enjoy the waterfront view.
Forest Ridge Park
If looking to escape the city, be sure to visit Forest Ridge Park. This 21 acre park features 1,320 linear feet of pathways and trails that meander through the traditional Pacific Northwest forests. The trails lined with sword ferns meander through thick coniferous forests that makes one feel that they have escaped the urban jungle. The park's common areas include tennis courts, picnic tables, playgrounds and parking lots.
What is your favorite natural spot in Bremerton, WA?