30 Ways to Beat The Winter Blues Near Kitsap County

It’s a new year, but it’s also the longest, drearier stretch of time the Pacific Northwest is known for. Cabin fever is real. But never ever fear, there are plenty of things to do if you need to get out!

Here’s 30 ideas to inspire you this season:


  1. Go snowshoeing at Hurricane Ridge (more on that here)
  2. Enjoy free entrance to state parks and national parks on Monday, January 16 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  3. Bundle up for a hike at Dickerson Creek Waterfall in Bremerton
  4. Find the Hobbit House along the Big Tree Trail in Bremerton
  5. Day trip to Port Townsend and explore Fort Worden
  6. Poke around the Heronswood Garden in Kingston
  7. Walk, bike or run around the Point Ruston trail along the Tacoma waterfront


  1. Go ice skating at the Bremerton Ice Center
  2. Try ice bumper cars at Sprinker Recreation Center in Tacoma
  3. Take the kids to an indoor play space
  4. Check out the FREE programs at area museums – Science Saturday at Naval Undersea Museum (first Saturday of the month) or Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead at Puget Sound Navy Museum (second Saturday of the month)
  5. While you’re at it, check out all the museums in Kitsap County
  6. Swing by the Model Train Display at Kitsap Mall
  7. Attend a “Dive In Movie” at Bangor Aquatic Center (Jan. 14 and Feb. 18)
  8. Plan a Seattle staycation during Seattle Museum Month in February
  9. Paint some rocks and contribute to Kitsap Rocks (more on that here)
  10. Hop on the ferry and check out Lunar New Year on the Pier in downtown Seattle (Jan. 22)
  11. Attend a “Mini and Me Paint Night” hosted by Poulsbo Parks & Rec (Jan. 27)


  1. Take a class at Yoked Farmhouse & Brewery – Paints & Pints (Jan. 11 and 17) or Jam (Jan. 21-22)
  2. Do a destination lunch at Hama Hama Oyster Saloon in Lilliwaup
  3. Grab a girlfriend and head to the Red Carpet Galentines Party at Blush & Beige Boutique + Salon (Jan. 26)
  4. Poke around the Bremerton Vintage Flea Market (Saturdays)
  5. Go wine tasting on Bainbridge Island
  6. Plan your “Sweetheart Weekend” Feb. 10-12 at Navy Getaways Pacific Beach ($89)
  7. Beer and wine lovers mark your calendars – Taste Washington returns March 6-13 in Seattle
  8. Grab a group and try out Kitsap Great Escape
  9. Have a spooky date night in Port Gamble and take a guided Ghost Walk (Jan. 14, Feb. 18, Mar. 18)
  10. Live out your 90s dreams and find the 10 Things I Hate About You filming locations (house and school in Tacoma)
  11. Check out a comedy show at Tracyton Movie House (Jan. 19) or Dog Days Brewing in Bremerton (Feb. 3)
  12. Get artsy at “Paint and Sip: Chinese New Year of the Rabbit” hosted by Bushel & Barrel Ciderhouse

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