5. Fort Ward Park waterfront trail
Explore miles of saltwater shoreline, World War II gun batteries and tidepools — and scan the Sound for an orca sighting! Take it all in as you stroll the wide, flat, paved Fort Ward Park waterfront trail that's great for tiny tots on balance bikes or bigger kids on bigger bikes.
As you spot the Bremerton ferry passing by, have your kids try to imagine the size of a submarine net that Navy personnel once installed across Rich Passage to try to catch enemy subs during World War II. Weather tip: On a clear day, this hike is a lovely sun-bathed walk, but on a cloudy day, dress warmly and be prepared for chilly winds.
From Lynwood Center, drive south along Pleasant Beach Drive Northeast about a mile and a half to reach the entrance to the park. Facilities include a large parking lot and restrooms.