If you go to Fort Worden
Seattle Times Travel: Sunday, February 23, 2003
Fort Worden State Park: There's detailed information on the park, including the vacation housing, on the Washington State Parks web site. The Web site includes a useful housing availability calendar. Or phone the park housing office at 360-344-4434.
Washington State Parks' general Web site also has information about other state parks that offer historic military housing as vacation rentals, including Fort Flagler on Marrowstone Island and Fort Columbia near Ilwaco. www.parks.wa.gov or 800-360-4240.
Free parking: State parks began charging a $5 daily parking fee in January. Fort Worden, thanks to $25,000 in donations from local businesses and government agencies, has been able to buy out the parking-fee requirement for this year and avoid charging visitors.
Port Townsend Marine Science Center: The center has two small buildings in Fort Worden, a marine lab on the park's dock and a natural history building on the shore. Both are enjoyable for children, with hands-on exhibits, but their hours are limited in winter. The natural history building is open Friday through Monday in winter; the lab (which has sea creatures in touch tanks) won't reopen until April, when it will be open on weekends through the spring. In summer, both buildings are open daily, except Tuesdays. 360-385-5582 or www.ptmsc.org.
Commanding Officer's Quarters: The Victorian-house-turned-museum is on Officers Row in Fort Worden State Park. It's closed in January and February, but reopens in March on weekends. 360-344-4400.
The Coast Artillery Museum showcases the defense of Puget Sound and military life at Fort Worden. Open on weekends through May, then daily in summer.
Centrum: The nonprofit arts group is headquartered at Fort Worden and offers workshops and performances, from chamber music and jazz to dance and literary events. 360-385-3102, www.centrum.org.
Port Townsend visitor information: The Web site www.ptguide.com has extensive information on sites, events, accommodations and more. Or phone the Port Townsend Chamber of Commerce: 360-385-2722 or 888-365-6978.
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