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

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Photo by Homini:)

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 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…

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!

Trolley Ride

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Photo by Atomic Taco

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.


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Photo by Paul Schultz

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!


Phone: 253-858-6722

Visit the Gig Harbor Marina

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Photo by TomCollins

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

Phone: 253-851-8300

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