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There are a number of attractions for locals and tourists alike to enjoy in Gig Harbor.

As the first destination on the Kitsap Peninsula after crossing the Narrows Bridge, this quaint Maritime Village is a favorite destination for people all over the world. This is a city that has preserved its history but also has many events that make this a vibrant community with incredible scenery, galleries, upscale shops, restaurants, beautiful gardens and many recreational activities.

A popular restaurant in Gig Harbor is The Tides Tavern. Located at the South end of downtown on Harborview Drive, this tavern has been around for decades. It stands on pilings built over the waters of Gig Harbor Bay and provides outdoor, as well as indoor seating for patrons. Enjoying a meal on the waterside deck is a great opportunity to watch boats enter and leave the harbor. On summer days, there is a non-stop parade of boats passing in front of the deck. The Tides Tavern also has its own private (but for public use) dock so that patrons may arrive by boat. In the summer, many boats will spend their entire day tied alongside the dock while their owners socialize with other boaters and bar patrons.

Immediately adjacent to the Tides Tavern is the Russell Foundation Building; one of Gig Harbor’s most aesthetically pleasing projects in recent years. The building is built mostly below street level, so from the street you can walk directly onto its garden like public roof space which provides views of the harbor and educates visitors about Gig Harbor’s history.

A couple blocks north on Harborview Drive is Jerisich Park. This park, combined with the adjacent Skansie Brothers Park, is a large, open, waterfront space with grass, decks, benches, and a covered Pavilion for community events. It is also home to the Fisherman Memorial, one of Gig Harbor’s popular landmarks. This large bronze statue, which depicts a fisherman hauling in his catch, was commissioned in memory of Gig Harbor’s fishermen, with special gratitude to those who lost their lives at sea. The parks often play host to fairs and events ranging from the annual Holiday tree lighting ceremony and Blessing of the Fleet, to musical concerts and art festivals. There is also a public use moorage dock where boaters can stay, free of charge, for a limited time.

At the mouth of the harbor a short sand spit is open to the public and is the site of a red navigational hazard light built into a miniature lighthouse model constructed to resemble the quaint lighthouses of yore. The beach is public, but access is difficult and parking is limited.

Gig Harbor City Park (aka Crescent Creek Park) offers a variety of activities, and is especially geared toward larger groups and families. A children’s play area features modern equipment to climb and play on, as well as swings for infants. The park also offers a baseball diamond in the upper area of the park, a basketball court and tennis courts. GH City Park is adjacent to a stream as well and has teaching plaques on stream conservation. A field in the lower part of the park offers picnic benches and recreational area for informal games and sports. There is a large wooden picnic shelter with fresh water and wood stoves. The park is popular in the summer for family reunions, picnics, and group gatherings.

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The City of Gig Harbor has numerous hotels and inns as well as bed and breakfasts. There are two moderate sized hotels in Gig Harbor. The INN at Gig Harbor, features 64 rooms, a full service restaurant, and over 4,000 square feet (400 m²) of meeting space. The Best Western Wesley Inn offers just over 70 rooms, with over 4,000 square feet (400 m²) of meeting space. The Maritime Inn is located on Harborview Drive in downtown Gig Harbor and The Waterfront Inn is also on Gig Harbor Bay.

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Gig Harbor School Data

Gig Harbor School Districts

Peninsula School District
n/a
http://www.psd401.net

Gig Harbor Schools

Artondale Elementary School
PK-5, public
Discovery Elementary School
K-5, public
Goodman Middle School
6-8, public
http://www.peninsula.wednet.edu/school/goodman.htm
Harbor Heights Elementary School
PK-5, public
Peninsula High School
9-12, public
http://www.peninsula.wednet.edu/school/phs.htm
Purdy Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.pes.psd401.net/default.asp
Gig Harbor High School
9-12, public
http://(http//www.peninsula.wednt.edu
Kopachuck Middle School
6-8, public
Minter Creek Elementary School
K-5, public
Voyager Elementary School
K-5, public
Harbor Ridge Middle School
6-8, public
http://www.peninsula.wednet.edu/Support/project/hrms.htm
Henderson Bay Alternative High School
9-12, public
http://www.peninsula.wednet.edu/school/hbhs.htm
Hosanna Christian School
PK-8, private
Lighthouse Christian School
K-8, private
http://www.lcschool.org
St. Nicholas School
K-8, private
Gig Harbor Academy
PK-5, private
http://www.gigharboracademy.org
Harbor Montessori
PK-8, private
http://www.harbormontessori.org
Kindercare #1336
n/a, private
Harbor Christian Schools
PK-12, private
Providence Christian School of Gig Harbor
K-5, private
Providence Christian School of Gig Harbor
2-5, private
http://www.pcs-gh.org
Tacoma Community College Fresh Start Program
9-12, public
Harbor Christian Schools
PK-12, private
St. Nicholas School
K-8, private
La Escuela de CID
PK-5, private
http://www.escuelacid.com/