Updated: May 16
As summer approaches, Gig Harbor is a fantastic destination for those looking for a memorable outdoor experience. The charming downtown area has a variety of activities that cater to different interests, from cultural events to water sports.
Here are 6 outdoor activities to do in downtown Gig Harbor this summer:
1. Explore the Farmers Market
The Gig Harbor Waterfront Farmers Market is open every Thursday from June 1 to September 14 from 1-6pm, offering fresh local produce, artisanal crafts, kids activities and live music. It is a great opportunity to support local businesses and get a taste of the Pacific Northwest's vibrant food scene. For more information click here.
2. Enjoy Summer Sounds
Throughout the summer, the Gig Harbor Summer Sounds concert series offers free outdoor concerts every Tuesday night at Skansie Brothers Park. From blues to jazz to rock, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Bring a blanket, grab to-go from one of Gig Harbor’s amazing downtown eateries, and relax listening to great music as the sun goes down. For more information, click here.
3. Take a Walking Tour
After a three-year hiatus, the Downtown Waterfront Alliance, in partnership with Harbor WildWatch and the Harbor History Museum are proud to offer these beloved tours to residents and visitors once again! The season will run for 15 weeks, starting on Saturday June 10th, and ending on Wednesday, August 30th. There will be two tours available each week; a Skiffs to Spirits tour on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30pm and a kid-friendly Wonders of the Waterfront tour from 10am-12pm every Saturday. Explore the charming downtown area and learn about the fishing industry, indigenous roots, and unique marine life while discovering the hidden gems of the town. For more information on these free tours, click here.
4. Rent a Kayak, Paddle Board or Charter a Boat
For those who love water sports, Gig Harbor offers kayak and paddle board rentals. Explore the harbor's stunning coastline, watch seals and other marine life, and discover the nearby islands. Rentals are available at the waterfront, and no prior experience is required. You can rent from Gig Harbor Electric Boat Rentals, Gig Harbor Watersports, Lee’s Sup or Gig Harbor Fly Shop. If you are looking for something more relaxing on the water, consider charting a boat with On Time Tours & Charters.
5. Check Out the Views!
There are some amazing viewpoints in Gig Harbor; some are easy to find and others are hidden. Climb the 100 stairs at the Finholm View Platform, or check out the Bogue Viewing Platform. Other scenic views include Donkey Creek Park, Ancich Park, Skansie Brothers Park, Maritime Pier and the Old Ferry Landing (keep going past the Tides until you reach the end of the road). On a clear day you'll be able to see Mt. Rainier!
6. Experience Gig Harbor via Gondola
The Gig Harbor Gondola Tours offer a romantic and relaxing way to experience the beauty of the harbor. Led by experienced and knowledgeable gondoliers, the tours take visitors on a journey through the harbor's calm waters, passing by stunning scenery and marine life. It's an ideal way to explore the harbor with your significant other or friends and family. The gondolas are modeled after the traditional Venetian boats, and guests can choose between a private or group tour. Learn more here.
In conclusion, downtown Gig Harbor has something to offer for everyone. From outdoor concerts and farmers markets to walking tours and water sports, there are plenty of activities to keep you entertained throughout the summer. Make sure to add these 6 outdoor activities to your itinerary and enjoy the best of what Gig Harbor has to offer.