While you are visiting Port Orchard, don’t miss visiting the Log Cabin Museum, the two story cabin was built by Allen Bartow in 1914 from "log boom" logs pulled up Sidney hill from Port Orchard bay by oxen and draft horses. Bartow, a Civil War veteran, newspaper man, and retired Indian agent for the Suquamish reservation, built the cabin for his wife Louise. The building was saved from destruction by the Sidney Museum and Arts Association in 1971 and featuring vinettes of life in Port Orchard at the turn of the century. Also visit the Sidney Museum, housed above the Sidney Art Gallery in the only building in Port Orchard listed on the National Historic Register and State of Washington list of historic places. Built in 1908, this building served for a number of years as the first Port Orchard Masonic Temple.
No trip to the waterfront is complete without salt water taffy and Port Orchard boasts one of the finest candy and toy stores around. As you stroll along Bay Street among the various shops and restaurants, you will come upon The Candy Shoppe,"Where Life is Sweeter" is loaded with numerous varieties of salt water taffy and over 400 flavors of Royal Fudge, handcrafted at the Shoppe.
On the waterfront is the foot ferry which has shuttled people between Port Orchard and Bremerton for more than 70 years. East of the Ferry Pier are the Port Orchard Marina Park and Huntington's Children's Park. You will find the numerous activities that take place on the waterfront and throughout Port Orchard on the Events tab. Some of the activities at the Port Orchard Marina Park include Concerts on the Bay and the Seagull calling contest with Seemore. A veterans memorial was erected in the Park by the VFW Post 2699 in 2012. Don't miss the Veterans Living History Museum on Bay Street near The Candy Shoppe, where in a very small space, one man displays his unbelievable collection of military memorabilia from the civil war to Afghanistan. He also has an impressive display of women's uniforms and other items related to their important contribution to our country. If you are lucky, you'll get in on conversations with military veterans who stop in to share their stories.
Located just west of the Ferry Pier is the Port Orchard Waterfront Park, bordered by the Ha Tu Ba Di Memorial Totem on one side and an observation tower where you can see out over the water to Bremerton and the Olympic Mountains on the other.
Under construction is a walkway that will run from downtown along the water. The pathway project is a 3-mile paved pathway along the shoreline from the Waterfront Park to Annapolis. The first portion of the pathway in the downtown area has been completed. Once completed, it will become part of the Mosquito Fleet Trail which will connect Kingston to Southworth along the eastern shore of Kitsap County.
Not far from the Waterfront Park is the boat ramp at Water Street, a public boat ramp recently updated by the Port of Bremerton and the City of Port Orchard.