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Waterfront Community Destinations of South Puget Sound Olympia, Wa Tacoma, WA North Tacoma, WA Gig Harbor, WA Des Moines, WA Vashon Island, WA Allyn, WA Key Center, WA Harstine Island, WA Anderson Island, WA Grapeview, WA Shelton, WA Steilacoom, WA Union, WA Hood Cannal North Puget Sound
Following is a comprehensive list of waterfront community destinations around South Puget Sound. Click on the links below to learn about each community.

Allyn

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A quaint village perched on Case Inlet in South Puget Sound, Allyn offers a small contingency of shops and eateries along with boating opportunities and a charming waterfront park.


Anderson Island

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A short ferry ride from Steilacoom, the small rural community of Anderson Island welcomes visitors with hospitable historic farms and a number of scenic parks.


Des Moines

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Located just 15 miles south of Seattle, this thriving coastal town maintains its own identity as one of the premier places to access the waterfront between Seattle and Tacoma.


Gig Harbor

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Revitalized historic seaport community with many shops, restaurants, and pubs. Protected anchorage and full service marinas with sail and fishing boat rentals.


Grapeview

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Take a scenic drive off State Highway 3 to discover this quiet waterfront hamlet and its tiny neighboring islands and sandy beaches on Case Inlet.


Harstene Island

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Located on Case Inlet, Harstene is the second largest island in the South Puget Sound. This quiet island remains predominantly rural with winding country back roads leading to natural beach parks and private cabin communities.


Key Center

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The key shaped peninsula unlocks the charm of the South Puget Sound, welcoming visitors into the quite rural beach cabin communities that call its shores home.


North Tacoma

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North Tacoma's elegant history is preserved in some of its earliest structures built by the first European settlers of Old Town and Ruston. Foundational restaurants and shops as well as many concerts and cultural events keep Tacomas past thriving into the present.


Olympia

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Located in the South Puget Sound on Budd Inlet, the Washington State Capitol plays host to a well maintained waterfront of pristine parks, recreational marinas, and a nature conservancy. Natural surroundings of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound compliment the city's impressive legislative and historical architecture.


Purdy

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This rural community is the gateway to the Key Peninsula inviting visitors to enjoy the quiet beaches and rolling country roads.


Shelton

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Nestled along the densely forested shores of Hammersly Inlet, this authentic Northwest working mill town invites visitors to explore the rugged and serene backwaters of Puget Sound.


Steilacoom

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A classic sleepy Northwest coastal town lying beneath Mt. Rainier along the shores of the Sound, Steilacoom was the first incorporated town of the Washington territory and the seat of much state history.


Tacoma Waterfront

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Just south of Seattle, the waterfront of Tacoma defines and maintains the city's own unique identity. Seven miles of shoreline spreading from the Thea Foss Waterway to the natural beauty of Point Defiance Park welcome visitors into the town's community and invite exploration of Tacomas waterfront history.


Vashon Island

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Vashon and its sister Maury Island to the east are accessible by a short ferry ride from West Seattle or from Point Defiance in the south. Visitors will find the town of Vashon nestled five miles south of the North Ferry Terminal, while the rural landscape of farms and parks covers much of the island.

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