The Porpoise sets sail in the harbor

The Gig Harbor Peninsula area is synonymous with water and recreation.  Many local and state parks offer opportunities for visitors and residents to play.  Sailing, kayaking and pleasure craft are a way of life on the Peninsula.

The Gig Harbor Lighthouse marks the entrance to the harbor and is a welcome site to many.  The 15-foot lighthouse replaced a minor aid to navigation in 1988, when community members raised local funds and donated materials for its construction. It was dedicated in 1989 in conjunction with the Washington State centennial celebrations.  The lighthouse is located on Lighthouse land owned by the US Coast Guard and is reachable only by water.
Many businesses are within walking distance of the waterfront and the main hub of Skansie Brothers Park. These include watering holes such as Heritage Distilling, 7 Seas Brewing, MORSO, Tides Tavern plus many more.

Looking for a unique experience? Gig Harbor has them! Classic boats are available to rent by the hour from the BoatShop Livery service during summer weekends. Take a cruise in a restored electric launch or rowboat and see the Harbor from a different perspective. Visit Gig Harbor BoatShop or call (253) 857-9344 to reserve your boat or to learn more.

Looking for a touch of Italy? Try Gig Harbor Gondola - the only gondola operator in the state of Washington. Gig Harbor offers the most scenic and peaceful setting for a ride.

Duffy Electric Boat Rentals (through Gig Harbor Yachts), take an enjoyable two-hour self guided tour of Gig Harbor. No Captain Required.

Summer months bring visiting yachts and boats into the harbor from all over the Puget Sound.  Quieter in winter but a beautiful time to be on the water, you'll see fewer boats but a great deal of marine life and waterfowl.  Opportunities for visitors to enjoy the water and other recreational activities include:

On Time Tours and Charters
Gig Harbor BoatShop
Gig Harbor Gondola