Located east of the Olympic Mountains, Bremerton is only a one-hour ferry ride from downtown Seattle. Parks and natural areas abound in this Puget Sound city, with most places welcoming leashed pups. With so many recreation opportunities, you and Fido might have a hard time deciding where to start! Bremerton has six veterinary hospitals to ensure the well-being of its canine guests and residents, and put your mind at ease.
Doggos that get their daily exercise are the healthiest, so stop by the Bremerton Bark Park and let Fido run unfettered! Located in the Pendergast Regional Park, this off-leash dog park comprises a large open space divided into two sections, a wash-down area, and trees. Pet waste bags are provided as well.
Many people visit the NAD Park for its fun and challenging disc golf course, but this 51-acre site also has a feature that dogs will love: the 1.5-mile rustic trail that meanders through the woods. Don't miss the decommissioned F-8 Crusader fighter jet that's on display inside the park!
The adjacent NAD Marine Park is another great spot to take Fido for a leashed walk. Follow the paved pathway along the shoreline, then hike up into the forest to check out the abandoned military bunkers.
Come enjoy what Bremerton has to offer with your furry pal!
Located right on the water, the Evergreen Rotary Park is a puptastic spot to spend a beautiful afternoon with your pooch. This 10-acre park has walking paths to explore, lawns to play fetch on, and picnic shelters to relax under. You can even take Fido to the end of the boat ramp, stroll along the rocky shore, and let him get his paws wet. You might catch a glimpse of marine life, too! This park also houses an inclusive playground, the Kitsap 9/11 Memorial, and a seasonal farmers market. Well-maintained and with gorgeous views, the Evergreen Rotary Park is great to visit any time of the year.
Lions Park will surely set your pup's tail a-wagging, especially if he loves the water. This bayside park features 1,900 linear feet of shoreline, athletic fields and courts, a playground, a loop path, and a boat ramp. Go for a swim or a leashed walk with your best friend while enjoying amazing views of the water and the Olympics. The nearby Stephenson Canyon is also worth checking out if Fido enjoys hiking and exploring. This hidden gem in urban Bremerton offers 1.5 miles of forested trails that travel along a creek and up to a waterfall overlook. Be sure to watch your step as there are some steep parts along the way.
Close enough to town but set back enough from the road, Forest Ridge Park is the pawfect place for a quiet stroll in the woods with your pooch. After you've worked up an appetite from walking around, head to the nearby Spiro's Pizza & Pasta for some authentic Italian fare. Share an outdoor table with Fido and enjoy a freshly made pizza at the gated patio. Gluten-free options are available for diners with sensitivities. If you need to spend the night in town, there are dog-friendly hotels in New Hope, including Oyster Bay Inn & Suites, Flagship Inn, and Baymont Inn & Suites.
If you and Fido find yourselves in this neighborhood, do not miss the chance to explore a unique madrona forest in the heart of the city. Located right next to Harrison Medical Center, the Madrona Trails is a 15-acre grove of iconic madrona trees, the only broad-leaf evergreen tree native to the Pacific Northwest. Renowned for its exfoliating red bark, the madrona is un-fur-tunately in decline throughout the region. So grab your pupper's leash and follow the rustic trails that meander through this rare forest. You and Fido can access the trail network from three trailheads. Oh, and don't forget to bring doggie waste bags!
The Illahee State Park is a must-visit for people and pooches that love the outdoors. With a dense forest and a rocky beach, this 75-acre camping park offers a host of activities for everyone, from boating to wildlife viewing. Take your best friend for a leashed walk on the hiking trails, have a picnic by the water, or even set up camp and stay for a few days. You'll also find a veterans' war memorial, several interpretive displays, and one of the country's largest yew trees in this park. Note that you will need a Discover Pass if you're driving in for the day.