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Manchester State Park, Port Orchard

(4.2/5 based on 55+ reviews on the web)
Manchester State Park is a 111acre Washington state park with of shoreline on the Kitsap Peninsula. It was at one time a harbor defense installation for the protection of nearby Bremerton, then a fuel supply depot and Navy fire-fighting station. The park contains a former torpedo warehouse built in 1901, a mining casement, and a gun battery. Park activities include picnicking, camping, boating, fishing, hiking on of trails, birdwatching, volleyball, wildlife viewing, and horseshoes.
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  • A fun place to eat. You can watch planes take off and land while you dine. Excellent breakfasts and lunches. Good food. 
  • fun for the whole family. very enjoyable, good for picnics and family get togethers, I come here every year when I visit my family. 
  • I am not much of an athlete but the walk around the park offers some fantastic views make sure you take a camera. 
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  • A park on the Olympic Peninsula. Of course it's a garden of Eden!!! Nice "developed" trails, plenty of parking. No boat launch, canoe/kayak launch, not much of a beach, pretty much gone at a high tide. Our state wants your $ to get in but really doesn't wanna do much other than empty out the few trash bins.
  • Beautiful place to spend a day. Nice trails through trees and along the water front.
  • This is my favorite so far,Ranger Sean was very nice,I told her this was the cleanest,so far.How beautiful this park is.....the little Plato is a total thinking spot. :) Clean,shower are great,and the military history very interesting, not really a park for water playing,I suggest Belfair state park,if you want to play in water :) my opinion
  • This is a great place to camp with kids. There are easy hikes around, and the road connecting the campgrounds is slow and safe with plenty of visibility. There were a dozen or so kids we saw over the weekend, walking the loop or riding their bikes and scooters around. The campsites are decently spread out, so you're not camping on top of your neighbors. It's also an easy drive from the ferry. The one major drawback is that at low tide, the smell of the seaweed on the beach can waft into the campsites of the wind is right. There is a large building available to rent for parties or events. It's an old armory that been restored and can be transformed with the right decorations.
  • The park is beautiful and full of history. The campsites are fairly private and the bathrooms in the campground have showers. The showers do require tokens instead of taking quarters. Just watch out for the poison oak.