Waterfront Walking Tours

Award Winning Guided Walking Tours of the Downtown Waterfront!

Exciting News!  The Waterfront Walking Tours will return for Summer 2017! The tours are presented by the Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance, Harbor WildWatch and the Harbor History Museum.

Opening Day - Tour Guide Rahna Lovrovich leads the tour group at the Maritime Pier

The “From Skiffs to Spirits” Tour is offered on Wednesday evenings at 5:30pm from June 7 – August 30.  This one hour tour is free and meets at the entrance to the Harbor History Museum (4121 Harborview Dr).  Enjoy an evening stroll along the waterfront while learning about our past – from net sheds and our historic fishing fleet to the effects of prohibition in the harbor, yesterday and today.  This tour is geared for adults and will end with an optional tasting at our very own Heritage Distilling Company!


Our original tour, “Harbor Heritage: Then and Now” is offered every Saturday morning June 10 – August 26, except for July 29 due to the Wine and Food Festival.  This two hour tour meets at 10am at the Maritime Pier (3003 Harborview Drive) next to the Tides Tavern.  Take a family-friendly journey through Gig Harbor’s maritime history.  Learn about our founding families, pioneering industries, and the wildlife and natural resources that brought us all together.  This tour offers a glimpse of what life was like in the early Harbor days and how activities from the past have influenced our present. This tour is suitable and fun for all ages.


Tours are free to the public and features two guides, one of which is an expert from Harbor WildWatch.   Tours are one way tours, so we recommend riding the trolley back to the starting area, or walking back and enjoy all the harbor has to offer.  In the spring of 2016, the Washington Stage Main Street Program awarded the Alliance an Excellence on Main Award for our Waterfront Walking Tour program.

Opening Day - Tour Guide Lindsey Johnson showing historic photos at Austin Estuary

Here’s what some who have taken our tour are saying:

“The tour was fun and informative and everybody was just so darn nice. As new residents the tour helps us feel more connected to our new community –thanks again.”  – Michael H

“We enjoyed our tour very much and learned a good deal about the town I’ve lived in for 40 years.  The guides were excellent and it finished on time… The fact that the tour is offered free is just wonderful and will be a very popular attraction.  Thanks so much.”  – Linda A

“Fantastic tour for residents as well as visitors! Very well done and fun! Highly recommended! Thank you!  – Mark and Susie G

Opening Day - Walking by the historic Dorotich Home at Arabella's Landing Marina

For more information, contact us at 253-514-0071.

To learn more about Harbor WildWatch, visit their website at harborwildwatch.org.

To learn more about the Harbor History Museum, visit their website at harborhistorymuseum.org