Easily the best way to see the town. No parking hassles and many sites are accessible. Most sidewalks have cutouts for wheelchairs, but some of the older, unimproved streets don't. The Uptown and Downtown Historic Districts are fairly easy to get around. Tours are available and the Visitor Information Center has maps you can pick up (take a left off Sims Way onto Haines St. at the intersection near Safeway - the Visitor Information Center is at 440 12th St at the Haines St. Park-n-Ride). All vehicles must stop for peds in the walkways!
Here's a Walk Score map with distances from City Hall. Note it does not list all businesses but gives a rough idea of what's nearby. There's much more to be discovered!
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Walking From the Ferry
WA State Ferry Port Townsend/Keystone from the PT Ferry Terminal to Downtown. Just step off the boat, take a right and head north on Water Street to all of downtown Port Townsend. At Taylor St. you can walk up the Haller Fountain stairs to Uptown.
Enjoy Port Townsend on foot for up-close and leisurely looks at both Uptown and Downtown's Victorian architecture with the Jefferson County Historical Society.
The Uptown tours feature the residential district, with its fine homes and churches. The Downtown tours reveal the waterfront commercial district's rowdy past. The pace allows time for talented guides to tell stories about the people who built Port Townsend's National Historic District. These little expeditions last about an hour and provide a wealth of entertaining information to both visitors and long-time residents.
Admission to the Rothschild House, the only historic home Uptown open to the public, is included in the Uptown tour, which begins at 2:00 pm every Sunday through September. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 3-12. Tours begin at the Rothschild House, which is at the corner of Taylor and Franklin Streets. Reservations are not required.
Downtown Tours begin on Saturdays at 2:00 pm. They begin at the historical museum in the recently restored landmark City Hall building at 540 Water Street. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 3-12 and include admission to the historical museum. Reservations are not required.
For more information or to purchase advance tickets, please call the Jefferson County Historical Society Museum at 360-385-1003. Group tours (on or off-season) can be scheduled by prior arrangement. Call 360-385-1003. Check the Event Calendar for dates.
Guided Historical Sidewalk Tours - Bring Port Townsend's History to life with a touch of humour. Home & Waterfront, individuals or groups, strolling or step-on, year round....find out what really happened behind those laced curtains! By Appt. call Joyce at 360-385-1967.
Sidewalk Tours Self Guided Tour - Pick up "Booklet" at bookstores or Sport Townsend
Historical Walking Tour - Pick up "Brochure" at Fort Worden State Park
Larry Scott Memorial Trail - The trail has now been completed past Edwards Rd. to Douglas Way, just north of the golf course on Discovery Rd. The county is currently working to finalize a route from there to 4-Corners. This is the beginning of the Olympic Discovery Trail which when completed, will stretch from Port Townsend to Neah Bay on the Pacific Ocean! It is maintained by Jefferson Trails Coalition Adopt-A-Trail volunteers.