Historic Downtown Gig Harbor
Historic Downtown Gig Harbor is filled with shops, dining, water sports, and various types of recreation. It has become a favorite tourist destination for is beautiful scenery, waterfront shopping and exploration, and maritime history. Stroll the waterfront and shop, grab a bite to eat, and learn the history.
Though Gig Harbor is forever changing the rural character of the area, little new development happens in the historic downtown area as an effort of preserving its history and charm.
The remains of a ferry dock can still be seen just outside the mouth of the harbor at the Southeast end of Harborview Drive. The area has been turned into a small park where the public can see a panoramic view of the Cascade Mountains, Pt. Defiance, and Mt. Rainier.
There are two waterfront parks downtown: Jerisich Park and Skansie Brothers Park. Skansie is home to the Fisherman Memorial. This large bronze statue, which depicts a fisherman hauling in his catch, was commissioned in memory of Gig Harbor’s fishermen, with special gratitude to those who lost their lives at sea.
The parks often play host to fairs and events ranging from the annual Holiday tree lighting ceremony and Blessing of the Fleet, to musical concerts and art festivals. There is also a public use moorage dock where boaters can stay free of charge, for a limited time.
It is also within minutes of Harbor Montessori, Discovery Elementary, Harbor Ridge Middle School, Gig Harbor High, and Henderson Bay Alternative High School.
Source: Gig Harbor Guide
There is so much to see and do in Historic Downtown! You can spend the whole day just walking the waterfront and visiting all the various shops. Because there is so much variety, there is so many things to do. Grab a cup of coffee and and bite to eat at Devoted Kiss Cafe or get coffee and paint pottery at Java and Clay Cafe. You can also rent a boat, kayak, or SUP at Gig Harbor Boat Shop or Gig Harbor Kayak Rentals. Don’t feel like paddling around, take a boat tour of the area with Destiny Harbor Tours.
There are also lots of craft and gift shops, the history museum, and historic landmarks along the water. Take a hike up the stairs of the Finholm View Climb to get a wonderful view of the harbor, complete with the shops below, the marina, and Mt. Rainer.
Most of all, just get out and enjoy the community.