Things To Do In Gig Harbor
If you are looking for a great way to spend the weekend or looking for things to do in Gig Harbor for the whole family, taking the time to explore some of the resources below will reveal some great “hidden gems” that you may not have known about before.
Although Gig Harbor is a small community, it is home to some excellent recreational activities for all types of people.
Adventure seekers will love the hiking, water sports, fishing, and camping available both near Gig Harbor and farther north on the Olympic Peninsula.
Tourists who only have a few hours to spare can easily see many of the waterfront attractions and sample the excellent boutique shopping down by the pier. There’s something for everyone!
Events in Gig Harbor
We’ve all been there before… you wake up on a Saturday morning and suddenly realize, “I’ve got absolutely nothing planned for today.”
If you’re looking for things to do this weekend in Gig Harbor, your best best is to look at the community calendar provided by the GigHarborGuide.com. It’s always up to date and the best resource for what to do in Gig Harbor based on current events.
Some of the top events every year in Gig Harbor are the…
- Winter Sip and Stroll
- Uptown Easter Egg Hunt
- Paddlers Cup and Expo
- Gig Harbor Farmers Market
- 72-Hour Film Festival at the Galaxy Theater
- Gig Harbor Beer Festival
- Street Scramble
- Waterfront Walking Tour
- Maritime Gig Festival
- Summer Sounds at Skansie Park – Local Favorite!
- Uptown Summer Concerts
- Blue Willow Lavender Festival
- Summer Arts Festival
- Harbor Wine and Food Fest
- Galloping Gertie Half Marathon
- Turkey Trot
- Lighted Boat Parade
- Candlelight Christmas in the Harbor
Top Activities in Gig Harbor
Have a little more time to plan a trip? To help kickstart some ideas of things to do, we’ve outlined some top Gig Harbor attractions below. Happy adventuring!
A fun way to get around the city and see the sights is to take a Trolley ride! This is an especially good way to get around town if you’ve been searching for things to do with kids in Gig Harbor. Even if you end up going to do “adult” stuff these kids will appreciate that they at least get to ride the trolley.
A complete brochure of the trolley route can be downloaded here.
If you want to head north to Seattle at the end of the day, or some to Gig Harbor from Seattle, a great option is a ferry ride! Unfortunately there is no direct ferry to Gig Harbor.
The closest ferry to Gig Harbor leaves out of Bremerton, which is about 20 minutes north of Gig Harbor. See ferry schedules here.
Destinations in Gig Harbor
Harbor History Museum
Not just for the history buffs in your group. The Harbor History Museum has all sorts of cool information on the storied past of Gig Harbor. Notable attractions include a large library, a huge 7,000 foot display area, a late 1800’s restored one-room schoolhouse and an old fishing boat that is 65 feet long!
Admission is around $7 for adults and kids under 5 get in free. If you’re visiting on a weekend, make sure to check their hours here to make sure you don’t show up when they’re closed!
Visit the Gig Harbor Marina
The picture above showcases the stunning view of the bay at sunset, but visiting the docks at any time of the day is rewarding. Browse around cute little shops, eat great food and stroll along the pier. Makes for a pretty great day.
Galaxy Uptown Movie Theater
This quality theater offers IMAX and regular showings for those who are in the mood for a movie night and is located in the mall complex off of Olympic Drive.
Website to book tickets: Fandango/Uptown
Gig Harbor Mall
If some of your group wants to shop while the rest are seeing a movie, you can visit the Uptown Gig Harbor mall which features over 30 specialty stores, shops and restaurants.
Take the Olympic Dr exit and head south on Point Fosdick Dr NW.
Address: 4701 Point Fosdick Dr NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335