If you would like to see the Olympic Peninsula during your charter, you should make some time to stop at the charming small town of Port Angeles. Guest moorage is available at the Boat Haven Marina, which features amenities such as restrooms, showers, fuel, and pump outs. Harbor seals and sea lions frequent the harbor, and will likely be there to greet you as you pull in. For those interested in bird watching, make sure to visit nearby Ediz Hook, a 3 mile long sand spit extending out into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The hook is a reservation for native birds. Bird watchers could spot loons, grebes, gulls, terns, auklets, and murrelets. Sometimes orcas are spotted off the hook as well! On a clear day, you can also see gorgeous views of the city and the Olympic Mountains.
Another must-see spot in Port Angeles, especially if you have kids on your charter, is the Feiro Marine Life Center, located on the city pier. It’s an educational and scientific organization featuring exhibits that represent marine life inhabiting the Strait. Naturalists are available to answer all your questions, and a touch tank provides a chance to get up close to some of the marine life. Another option is the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, which includes indoor and outdoor art exhibits.
For those interested in history and native peoples, another stop you can make is at the Elwha Klallam Heritage Training Center, where you can learn all about the Lower Elwha tribes in addition to other native tribes of the area. Exhibits you can expect to see include native art and models of tools, longhouses, and canoes. Once you’ve finished exploring and you’re ready to grab a bite to eat, all you have to do is walk through downtown. The restaurants in Port Angeles are wonderful! Some of our favorites are the Kokopelli Grill for southwestern, the Next Door Gastropub for a twist on traditional American food, or the Blackbird Coffeehouse for a small plate and a great cup of coffee. Port Angeles is known as the “Gateway to the Olympics” and offers a lot in the way of outdoor activities. If you are looking forward to an opportunity to do some hiking while in the area, you can start planning here.