Poulsbo is a small town in Washington State, in the Puget Sound region, and this has become a popular tourist destination with many visitors arriving by ferry to enjoy all that the area has to offer. This was established in the late 19th century by European settlers from Scandinavian countries and was primarily until more recent times when it opted to make the most of its Scandinavian heritage by playing on this heritage to create a rather unique tourist destination for this part of the country. The Scandinavian influence is most noticeable in the downtown and waterfront areas with the latter attracting many visitors in particular due to the abundance of wildlife that inhabits the area, particularly in the waters of Liberty Bay and the many small islands that lie nearby. Many local companies offer day trips by boat that take tourists out to get a closer look at the multitude of birds, fish and mammals that have made their home here and there are numerous different options available in this respect so let us look at some of the most popular tours in more detail.
These tours are not just interesting and educational but they are also a lot of fun like the popular Salmon Tours which take visitors to a salmon hatchery where they will be given a tour of the facilities. Here they will see in detail what is involved in this complex process and includes lunch, with a locally caught wild salmon snack of some kind of course, and the opportunity to paddle upstream alongside jumping salmon! Tours to these fisheries are conducted by the Olympic Outdoor Adventure’s group’s resident expert, Paul Dorn, a local biologist who is also known “The Salmon Guy,” due to his wealth of knowledge and experience in this field. To make the experience more fun and interesting, these tours are conducted by kayak and can be booked for groups or individuals and private tours are also available. Prices start at $69 for adults and $49 for youths and seniors with discounted rates for those who bring their own kayak.
Birdwatchers are also catered for with Olympic’s exclusive Birding Trip with George Gerdst who is one of the region’s most well-known experts and visitors of all ages will enjoy a tour with this phenomenal birder and excellent teacher. This trip is also done by kayak, however before you head out onto Poulsbo’s Liberty Bay, a brief lesson in kayaking will be provided. Among the bird species you can expect to see are Purple Martins, Bald Eagles, Ospreys, Great Blue Heron and many other aquatic Birds that are indigenous or migratory to the region. Prices for this trip start at $75, which includes a lunch of hot chocolate and salmon eggs, and it is recommended to bring binoculars and a change of clothing as well as appropriate apparel on the day. Their Guided Wildlife Kayak Tour is another great option which offers Wildlife viewing on Poulsbo’s protected, beautiful Liberty Bay from just $35 which includes magnificent vistas of Mount Rainier on clear days as well as the opportunity to view harbor seals and a multitude of bird and marine life species including Herons, Eagles, Dungeness Crabs, Sea Stars and Sea Cucumbers.