This picturesque tourist town started as a fishing village and boat building community serving neighboring Tacoma in the 1800s and then became a bustling logging town. Still filled with small town charm and a working fishing fleet, Gig Harbor is now home to a growing community and is literally filled with wonderful places to eat drink and be happy.
One of my favorite things to do is to walk the main drag around the Bay which is a bout a mile from one end to the other. Rent a kayak or paddle board and see the harbor from the water, head out to the mouth of the bay for a quick stop at the lighthouse and an amazing view of Mt Rainier and the Tacoma narrows bridge.
Stop at the Tides Tavern or one of the local breweries or Heritage Distilling Co for a tasting, If you are anywhere in the greater Tacoma area, take the time to run over the Tacoma Narrows bridge and experience the relaxing vibe of this village on the Bay.
There are lots of wonderful parks to enjoy in Gig Harbor. Skansie Brothers Park is one of the most popular and lies in the heart of downtown Gig Harbor. During the summer months (June - August) you can catch the Farmers Market every Thursday from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Here you can sample local flavors and purchase hand made crafts by local artists!
There is also a summer concert series at Skansie Brothers Park that runs from June to July. Each Tuesday evening at 6:30 pm locals gather to listen to the music and enjoy the summer weather.