Top 9 Things to Do in Kingston, WA

Kingston, Washington, a charming town on the Puget Sound, offered me an unforgettable experience filled with natural beauty, exciting activities, and warm community vibes. From ferries to farms, the town has something for everyone. Here’s my experience in this delightful destination and my top 10 things to do in there.

Kingston is located just a short ferry ride away from bustling Seattle, it offers a peaceful retreat that contrasts the city’s fast pace. A ferry connect both cities and it takes around 1 hour and 20 mins of travel between both ports, if you have a nice weather the travel is a nice experience for picture lovers.

With its picturesque landscapes, friendly locals, and an array of outdoor and cultural activities, Kingston is a perfect getaway for families, couples, and solo adventurers alike.

1. Take a Ride on the Kingston Ferry

Time required: 1 hour

The Kingston-Edmonds ferry ride is a must-do activity. During my 30-minute trip each way, I was mesmerized by the stunning views of the Puget Sound. The vibrant blue waters and the distant Seattle skyline made for incredible photo opportunities. If you’re lucky, you might even spot some marine life, like seals and dolphins, playfully gliding by!

If you wanna know when is next ferry or Ferry schedule, you can check here.

2. Explore Kingston Farmers Market

Kingston Market

Time required: 2 hours

With fresh produce, local crafts, and delicious food, the Kingston Farmers Market is a weekend delight. I enjoyed strolling through the stalls, tasting homemade jams and pastries, and even picking up a few artisanal souvenirs. From the friendly vendors to the lively atmosphere, the market is a must-visit for any food and culture lover.

3. Visit Village Green Community Park

Kingston Park

Time required: 1-2 hours

This community park offers a relaxing escape with its well-tended gardens, walking paths, and play areas. I spent a delightful afternoon picnicking by the pond and even enjoyed a quiet read under a shady tree. It’s a perfect spot for families, with plenty of space for children to run and play.

4. Hike in North Kitsap Heritage Park

Time required: 3-4 hours

For outdoor enthusiasts, North Kitsap Heritage Park provides a variety of hiking trails that wind through lush forests. I found the trails to be well-maintained and suitable for all fitness levels. The sound of chirping birds, the rustling of leaves, and the scent of pine filled the air as I explored this beautiful natural haven.

This is the most common hike that I would recommend: Open Track

5. Visit Point No Point Lighthouse

Point no Point lighthouse

Time required: 2 hours

Located nearby in Hansville, Point No Point Lighthouse offers breathtaking views and a rich history. I enjoyed a guided tour of the lighthouse and later strolled along the adjacent beach, an ideal spot for bird-watching and beachcombing. The tranquility of the area and the striking sight of the lighthouse against the backdrop of the sea made for a memorable visit.

6. Try Local Cuisine

Time required: 1-2 hours
Location: Various Restaurants in Kingston

I highly recommend sampling local seafood dishes at some of the town’s family-owned restaurants. My dining experience at The Kingston Ale House waterfront restaurant was highlighted by fresh oysters and clam chowder, enhanced by friendly service and the mesmerizing view of the harbor.

7. Explore Port Gamble Historic District

Time required: 2-3 hours

Just a short drive from Kingston, Port Gamble offers a step back in time with its historic homes and beautiful landscapes. I leisurely explored the quaint town, visiting local shops, museums, and enjoying the New England village charm. The architecture and well-preserved historic sites made this visit a unique and enriching experience.

8. Enjoy Water Activities at Appletree Cove

Paddel surf in Apple Cove

Time required: 3-4 hours

From kayaking to paddleboarding, Appletree Cove offers various water activities. I particularly enjoyed the peaceful experience of kayaking, surrounded by natural beauty and gentle waves. For those who prefer a more leisurely water adventure, paddleboarding and boating options are also available. I spent a relaxing afternoon on the sandy shores, enjoying the calm waters and stunning sunsets. Whether you’re looking to sunbathe, build sandcastles, or simply enjoy the serenity of the sea, Kingston’s beaches are the perfect spot for a relaxing day.

9. Attend a Local Event or Festival

Time required: 3-4 hours
Location: Various Venues in Kingston

Kingston hosts several events throughout the year, from music festivals to art fairs. I had the pleasure of attending a local music festival and was impressed by the talent and creativity of Kingston’s artists. Check the local calendar during your visit and don’t miss the opportunity to join in the community fun.
Most attended yearly event is probably 4th of July Celebration, This annual event is a big deal in Kingston and is usually celebrated with a parade, fireworks, live music, vendors, and more. It’s a festive and family-friendly way to celebrate Independence Day, and it happens, as the name suggests, on the 4th of July.

That are my personal suggestion of activities, but explore, experiment and lose sometimes is best way to discovery hidden gems!