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Manchester State Park, Port Orchard

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.1/5 based on 50+ 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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  • Took the kids to burn off some energy. Lots to see. Awesome historical buildings and information. Views are beautiful. Walking trails are easy and fun for the kids. 
  • We were explorers the day we went, we would have loved to have cooked some food their as well because their was lots of covered area to do it. We were 20 all together, we walked the trail down along t...  read more »
  • We have a year round pass and visit at least 5 times a week to walk the dogs on the trails. It's absolutely beautiful! 
  • 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.
  • What an amazing venue for a wedding. Our preview of pictures are looking like a destination wedding in Europe. This building is beautiful. We had rave reviews about it!! Such a lovely view. can't beat for the price. Ample parking for our 120ish guests. it was overcast and rainy and we still stayed dry. i would recommend a couple small pop up tents for prep stations, bridal waiting area, etc. cons: the park was pretty firm on not having our little blue tooth speakers above a certain level but they worked perfectly for the ceremony and a couple fun dances. Be sure to bring plenty of extension cords and power strips if doing any electric food servers or accent lighting, there was only a outlet. inform guests to bring their discover passes for parking. whoops! and plan on late guests due to ferry mishaps or Tacoma traffic....
  • 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
  • Great park for camping, the bike camping spots are fantastic and fairly private as long as you don't want a fire pit.
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