Fort Worden


Welcome to Fort Worden, a place where people and ideas meet. Set on 434 acres of parkland, Fort Worden is located in Port Townsend, Washington, on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula. Visitors come from all over the world to learn, explore their creativity and share memorable experiences.


Stay for a few days, a week or more to discover all the great things Fort Worden has to offer. From jazz concerts to Fiddle Tunes, writing workshops to sailing camp, Fort Worden’s broad beaches, forest trails and historic buildings have something for everyone. Our meeting and event facilities can accommodate families, small or large groups, conferences, reunions, weddings and more.


Come experience Fort Worden for yourself. It’s a gathering place you’ll never forget. 


Beginning more than a century ago, Fort Worden served as a military base designed to protect Puget Sound from an invasion that never came. Fort Worden, Fort Flagler and Fort Casey together formed the “Triangle of Fire” to protect navy bases and cities in the Pacific Northwest. The State of Washington acquired the fort, using it first as a home for wayward juveniles, then reopening it in 1973 as a state park. In the 1980s, Fort Worden served as the backdrop to the Hollywood blockbuster movie “An Officer and a Gentleman.” Today, along with the numerous events and activities happening on the fort grounds, visitors can explore the batteries and bunkers that were built at the turn of the century and visit the Coast Artillery Museum to learn more about Fort Worden’s past.


Accomodations & Camping

We offer a wide range of accommodations that are available year round. Stay in historic housing on Officers’ Row, cottages with bluff-top views of Admiralty Inlet, Non-Commissioned Officers’ homes, dormitory housing for groups, and campgrounds on the beach and in the woods. Try a different one each time you visit!


Things To Do

When you visit Fort Worden, you’ll have access to numerous cultural, educational and outdoor activities in a picturesque setting. Here are just a few things to do:

Beachcomb on two miles of shoreline
Enjoy 12 miles of hiking and biking trails
Enjoy the Point Wilson lighthouse and watch large ships sail by
Enroll in a program or attend an event (see below)
Explore dark tunnels in old gun batteries
Explore marine and natural history exhibits
Learn about Hope, the Orca stranded on the North Olympic Peninsula
Moor your boat at our facilities
Play croquet, ultimate Frisbee or soccer on the parade grounds
Relax with a massage or yoga class
Rent a bike, kayak or rowboat
Search the sky for bald eagles and other native birds
Sing around a fire circle in the evening
Take a dip in the cool waters of the Salish Sea
Take a whale watching or sunset cruise
Visit the Coast Artillery Museum and learn about the Triangle of Fire
Walk out over the water on our wharf and dock


As a gathering place for lifelong learning, Fort Worden is home to 15 organizations that host a variety of inspiring programs in the arts, culture, history, sciences, handcrafts and literature. 


Take a dance class, build furniture, pet a sea star, listen to Jazz masters perform, see a play and much more.  Click below to find a program, event or activity perfect for you and your family. Visit program websites above for more events.

Lorem Ipsum
aug 29
Lorem Lorem Building
Lorem Ipsum Ipsum
Aug 10
8 - 9:45 AM
Lorem Lorem Building
Summer Camp Registration
June - August
Port Townsend Marine Science Center
Fort Worden Brunch
Every Sunday
The Commons

200 Battery Way
Port Townsend, WA 98368

Fort Worden is open year-round for day use and overnight stays.

Call 360-344-4431 to reserve.
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