Nestled against the Sinclair Inlet with the Olympic Mountains providing the backdrop for cinematic sunsets, downtown Port Orchard is a picturesque place to spend the day. Whether shopping, eating or enjoying the waterfront park and marina, it’s easy to see how our harborside town inspired local bestselling author Debbie Macomber’s “Cedar Cove” series.
Small, locally owned restaurants and shops make up nearly all of the storefronts downtown. The businesses lining Bay Street’s covered sidewalks recall Port Orchard’s rich and eclectic history. Founded in 1890, Bay Street was one of the first streets established in Port Orchard and soon became the center of commerce for the area. Today you will find fine dining establishments right alongside bail bondsman, reflecting the unique makeup of Port Orchard as both the Kitsap County Seat and a popular destination for visitors and residents alike.
Downtown Port Orchard hosts everything from the oldest Farmer’s Market on the Kitsap Peninsula every Saturday from 9:00am-3:00pm April-October, to the Fathom’s O’ Fun Parade in June, to the Jingle Bell Run and Festival of Chimes and Lights every December. POBSA hosts an Artwalk the first Saturday every month April - November from 2:00pm - 5:00pm. Be sure to check our events page for this week’s happenings.
While you’re downtown, take a walk along our waterfront boardwalk, which will soon stretch from the boat launch across from city hall through downtown to the shops and restaurants at the eastern edge. Be sure to climb the observation deck near the Port Orchard Marina to take in the views of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard across the water.
Whether you drop anchor at one of our marinas, drive in to take advantage of our plentiful free parking or arrive by foot ferry from Bremerton, the members of the Port Orchard Bay Street Association offer you a warm welcome and invite you to take full advantage of all downtown Port Orchard has to offer.