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“Just one more reason to visit a great Washington Town!”

Northwest Maritime Center
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Tacoma, Washington
Level 5 Contributor
92 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Just one more reason to visit a great Washington Town!”
Reviewed 6 June 2013

The view from the upstairs deck is splendid. On a sunny Sunday, we were driving from Chimacum to Port Townsend and happened to see what looked like a sailboat regatta starting to form up in the blue water below. Thinking where we could stop and watch, my sweetheart pointed us straight through town and parked at the NWMC where we had a perfect view of the race from the upper deck. A small handicapped-accessible elevator allowed yours truly to gain the elevation, and a friendly bench was available for sitting. We saw boats of every sort coming in and out of the marina to our left, and watched kayakers, daysailors, the WS Ferries and the occasional cargo ship come and go, while below we saw families playing at the water's edge.
The Center has restrooms which are always clean, lots of boats and boat builders to watch, a small-but-cozy coffee shop and a chandlery full of seafarer's delights, not the least of which is a wall of books which is almost always dotted with the pernicious northwest bibliophilious habitué. My favorite feature (besides the books and the brass and the amazing collection of navigational charts) is the wall-size photo of a sailing yacht in full sail. Go anytime, true sailors don't mind the weather.

Visited June 2013
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Port Townsend, Washington, USA
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
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“Marvelous Maritime Center”
Reviewed 23 January 2013

Tours will show you all of the fabulous aspects of our NW Maritime Center....including the new Navigation Bridge for training our youngsters to be more invoved in our maritime trade and experiences here in Port Townsend. Lovely "Chandlery" gift shop as well. Gorgeous view for visitors 24/7 outside steps!!

Visited December 2012
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Port Townsend, Washington
Level 6 Contributor
391 reviews
108 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
“Beautiful”
Reviewed 1 November 2012

Great use of the place. Huge but beautiful. Showcases one of the big interests in Port Townsend. Stop by when you are in PT.

Visited September 2012
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Quimper, WA
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Overstated”
Reviewed 27 September 2012

Overstated and Pretentious.
Not much here really A clasic tourist trap. Lots of over priced merchandice in the tourist shop. Not where the real boat builders hang out.

Visited September 2012
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Alexandria, Virginia, United States
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Mariners' Haven”
Reviewed 31 August 2012

Large, well-stocked store with all kinds of mariner gadgets, maps, goodies and books. It even has a cafe. Friendly staff.

Visited August 2012
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