A vibrant waterfront community close to Seattle, Port Orchard has museums, galleries, festivals and plenty of outdoors fun to be had in town and the surrounding area of Bremerton and Kitsap.
For local culture and history check out the Veterans Living History Museum, the Log Cabin Museum and the Sidney Museum and Art Gallery (originally a Masonic Hall). Zen out in the bonsai collection at Elandan Gardens and then hit the trails at Manchester Sate Park where you can wander through tall trees and gaze out at passing ferries. Alternatively head to South Kitsap Regional Park for more wooded trails and lovely picnic spots.
Summer is the best time to visit, when the weather is warm and perfect for being outdoors.