Poulsbo is located on the Kitsap Peninsula in the Puget Sound region of Washington state.
Known as "Little Norway," Poulsbo was settled in 1892 by Norwegian loggers, farmers and fishermen who likened the fjord-cut landscape to their homeland.
Stroll down Front Street with its dozens of quaint and colorful shops offering Scandinavian gifts, fine art, fashions, antiques, etc.
If the great outdoors is your passion, rent a kayak and paddle scenic Liberty Bay, take a walking tour of the town, or simply relax along the boardwalk and look for seals, herons and eagles.
By carMain highways to Poulsbo are WA Highway 3 from Shelton, north through the county to the Hood Canal Bridge near the northern tip of the Kitsap Peninsula. From Tacoma and Interstate 5, take WA Highway 16 north from Tacoma across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge until it combines with WA Highway 3 near Gorst.
phone: +1 360 779-3505address: 18809 Front Sthas 130 visitor slips 60 are may be reserved (for groups of 15 boats or more). Easy access to shops and restaurants from the marina. Electrical, pump outs and wifi available.
phone: +1 360 779-3116reciprocal yacht clubs only, water and power. Telephone and cable TV hookups are available. Two fixed and one portable waste water stations make pump-outs
By busThe major bus stations in Poulsbo for Kitsap Transit are at the and the , north of town at Viking Way NW & Vetter. The Clallam Transit Rt #123 and Jefferson Transit Rt #7 stop at the Poulsbo Transit Center while the Olympic Bus Lines pick up and drop off at the Kingston Ferry Terminal:
phone: +1 360 876-1737address: (bus stop) AM/PM Mini-Market at 15244 Silverdale Way NWprovides scheduled ground transportation to and from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to various locations on the Kitsap Peninsula.
phone: +1 360 417-0700address: (Scheduled stop) Corner at Henery Hardware @ 10978 NE State Highway 104 in KingstonTwice daily connections to/from Discovery Bay, Port Townsend and Port Angeles in one direction and over to Edmonds, downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac in the other. Reservations required.
- Clallam Transit Rt #123 The Clallam "Strait Shot" (#123) runs twice daily (M-Sa) and once on Sundays to Port Angeles from the Bainbridge Island Ferry Terminal via Suquamish Way and North Viking Transit Center/P&R in Poulsbo with limited stops in Sequim, Jamestown and Discovery Bay.
- Jefferson Transit Rt #7 Connects Poulsbo to Port Townsend via Disovery Bay. Passengers can transfer to Rt #8 in Port Townsend to continue towards Sequim and transfer again to Clallam Transit Rt #30 to Port Angeles. This takes longer but also the cheapest and more frequent option for travel between Port Angeles and Seattle without a car.
From the North Viking Transit Center transfer to the #333 or #344 bus to go into town (downtown Poulsbo).
Passengers continuing towards Seattle would catch Kitsap Transit Rt #390 to the Bainbridge Island Ferry Terminal (in Winslow) and continue into downtown Seattle by ferry. If traveling on Clallam Transit's Strait Shot bus stay on the bus as it continues to the ferry terminal. For going to Bremerton take the #32 bus to Silverdale, transfer to #12 to the West Bremerton Transit Center, and transfer again on either #11, 20, 24 or 26 bus into downtown Bremerton. During weekday rush hours there's a direct bus on Rt #1 from North Viking Transit Center to the other ferry terminal in downtown Bremerton where one can also catch the ferry into downtown Seattle.
phone: +1 360 479-6962Kitsap Transit offers transit services throughout the area including pickup from all ferry terminals and connects with Mason Transit (Mason County), Pierce Transit (Pierce County), and Jefferson Transit (Jefferson County) offering connections outside of the area.
- Stroll down Front Street - all the shops and restaurants in Scandinavian decor and architecture
phone: +1 360 598-4460address: 18743 Front St NEPromote lifelong learning and appreciation for the marine environment and underwater technology by enhancing science education with hands on learning and conservation.
phone: +1 360 779-2915address: 700 NE Lincoln Rdnorthwesterners are very proud of their libraries and Poulsbo is no exception, this branch offers many events for children and adults alike including story time, writers club, kids movies etc. See website for current events. .
phone: +1 360 779-9898address: 18349 Caldart Ave NE21 acres, Sand volleyball, playground, picnic areas/shelter available for private rentals, barbeques, restrooms, nature hiking trail (.2 mile), winding paths, exercise path (.33 mile), some exercise stations, lawn/sitting areas, arboretum, multi-purpose playfield, wildlife/bird viewing, skate park, dance stage, community gardens, fenced dog run
phone: +1 360 779-3205address: 202 NE Park StKitsap Memorial State Park is a 58-acre camping park with 1,797 feet of saltwater shoreline and facilities for group and individual recreation near Poulsbo, weddings and overnight stays. The park offers beautiful natural surroundings and sweeping views of Hood Canal. Also available to rent is an old-fashioned log hall that sits atop a wooded bluff, with panoramic view of Hood Canal and the Olympic Mountains. Built in 1936 by the Works Progress Administration, the hall has an expansive, cozy wood interior with an open log cathedral ceiling. Ideal for weddings, receptions, family reunions and company picnics. Rental cabins are also available.
phone: +1 360 337-5350address: 3160 NW Wheeler St6.5 Acres - Saltwater beach access, boat launch, fishing pier, restrooms, picnic shelter, and picnic area. Camping limited to Cascadia Marine Trail
Viking FestCelebrates Poulsbo's Norweigian heritage in mid-May
Scandia MidsommarfestMore of that Norweigian heritage celebrations
Thomas Kemper OktoberfestLast two weekends of September, think beer and sausage and you've got the idea
Traditional Lutefisk DinnerThird Saturday in October and in January
Yule Log CeremonySanta, folk dancers, and lighting of the Yule Log
Lighted Boat ParadeSanta visits via boat, kind of cool!
Beach combingWhat Puget Sound beaches lack in white sand and warm water is more than made up for in the amazing scenery as the clear waters play against wild coastlines and snow peaked mountains scatter on the horizons. Nearby Kitsap Memorial State Park and Salsbury Point County Park are good places to start a beach combing adventure offering a mixture of beaches from the rugged to the sandy smooth. Small crabs, moon snails, sea stars and sand dollars are common sites and tide pools can offer hours of exploration.
Be warned that sea shells and driftwood are considered part of the natural environment and should not be removed, however the often rocky and wild shores are havens for creating and revealing beach glass and anything artificial found is fair game for removal. Be respectful of private property and gentle with sea creatures. Keep a wide distance away from nesting birds, seals and other shore animals and always put back anything removed from the shoreline.
BirdwatchingThe Kitsap Audubon Society has been actively meeting since 1972 and has a broad coalition of birders actively tracking and sharing sightings since then. They also maintain an active website with updates of the latest sightings, suggestions on areas for birders and even a regular newsletter. They also developed a checklist of birds likely to be seen birds in the area.
The state Audubon society developed 'The Great Audubon Birding Trail' which includes key migration flyways. Flyways are major north-south routes of travel for migratory birds and likely areas to see birds along the route extending from Alaska to Patagonia. Liberty Bay near Poulsbo is one of only a handful of areas named to the list.
Sea kayakingSea kayaking can be a rewarding way to explore the Liberty Bay near Poulsbo and helps to make Kitsap one of the most popular areas to kayak in Puget Sound. Poulsbo is one of the many harbor towns that cater to kayakers with shops and restaurants accessible from the water. Harbor Seals, Otters, Sea Lions, Bald Eagles and Blue Herons are common sites and Liberty Bay offers views of nearby beach homes and other boaters.
Kayak trailsOrganized trails offer overnight camping options and maps of appropriate travel lengths and scenic travel destinations.
Kitsap Peninsula Water TrailsThe National Parks Service Named the this 'Trail of the Month' in the entire USA for the month of December 2012, PDF copies of the water trails map are available and Poulsbo is on the trail.
Olympic Outdoor Centeroffers kayak rentals, classes and basic information for paddling the area for just a few hours or week long adventures.
address: Poulsbo Village Medical/Dental CenterThis seasonal market pulls in farmers, bakers, chefs, and artisans from across the region. Their mission is to provide the best food, hand-crafted products, and sense of community that Kitsap has to offer.
- Sluys Poulsbo Bakery, 18924 Front St NE, +1 360 779–2798. Summer: 4:30am – 7:30pm Daily, closes an hour earlier Sun-Thursday during the Winter. Handmade pastries and breads. Famous for the Viking Cup and Poulsbo Bread.
- Brass Kraken Pub. 18779 Front St NE, (360) 626-1042.
Casa Lunaphone: +1 360 779-7676address: 18830 Front St NEpopular Mexican restaurant located close to the marina.
- Green Light Dinner. 18820 Front St NE, (360) 697-3449. 50s diner styled. Good breakfast food, does have okay lunch food. Milkshakes with or without booze.
- JJs Fish house
Los Cabos Grillphone: +1 360 779-1445address: 18751 State Hwy 305
- Sogno Di Vino. 18830 Front Street NE, . Italian food, wood fired pizzas.
phone: +1 360 779-5209address: 18891 Front Street StateScandinavian smorgasboard with exquisite view of Liberty Bay
phone: +1 360 394-0080address: 18928 Front St NEPoulsbo loves anything Scandinavian and centrally located Tizley's is no exception. Good food, great beer selection and a deck that offers warm weather visitors a refreshing view of the Liberty Bay.
- That's-a-some Italian Restaurante. 18881 Front St NE
- The Loft. 18779 Front St NE, 360-626-0224. American food. Best views in town, very crowded in the summer. Extensive outdoor seating.
ENVY Bar and Grillphone: +1 360 779-2202address: 19559 Viking Ave NWknown for their giant burgers and great selection of local beers.
phone: +1 360 930-0134address: 18881 Front Stknown for their martinis and appetizers.
phone: +1 360 930-8446address: 19006 Front StSpanish tapas bar known for their small plates and extensive wine menu.
- Rainy Daze Brewery. 650 NW Bovela Ln #3, (360) 692-1858. Specializing in IPAs
- Slippery Pig Brewery. 18801 Front Street NE, (360) 394-1686. Kid friendly until 11 except on Fridays, 9:30pm.
- Sound Brewery. 19815 Viking Ave NW, (360) 930-8696.
- Valholl Brewery. 18970 3rd Ave NE, 360-930-0172. Dog friendly
- Western Red Brewery. 19168 Jensen Way NE
phone: +1 360 697-4400address: 19801 7th Avenue N.E.
phone: +1 360 779-7569address: 25819 Tytler RD NE
phone: +1 360 779-3921address: 18680 State Highway 305 NEThe Poulsbo Inn & Suites is the perfect place for Business or Pleasure. We offer many different getaways and discounts. We are close to all three Kitsap Naval Bases. We serve a wonderful Continental Breakfast Buffet including homemade waffles.
phone: +1 360 598-5599address: 30680 State Hwy 3 NEPeace and serenity in the woods...hot, gourmet breakfast. Active military ID discount.