Bremerton?s unique small town charm combined with the booming metropolis, culture and arts of nearby Seattle make it a family-friendly city soaked in charm. Recently, MONEY magazine and CNN/Money spent months looking for Great American towns, where one would want to raise children and celebrate life's milestones. Bremerton was rated the number one place to live in the country. Reader?s Digest rated Bremerton as one of the best places to raise a family, while Men?s Journal selected Bremerton as one of the best places to live. The location, the lifestyle and the livability of the Bremerton area prompts people to locate here, raise families and thrive.
Local attractions and annual events include Channelman?s Fun Run in July for boat racing, the St. Patrick?s Day Parade, Centennial Celebration in October, the Festival of Trees in November, the Native American Festival, the Trident Triple Bike Ride in nearby Silverdale, and the Seagull Calling Festival held in nearby Port Orchard. All year events and attractions include the First Friday and Last Saturday Art Walk, Farmer?s Markets, Evergreen Waterfront Park, Aircraft Carrier Row and the Suquamish Clearwater Casino for gaming fun. Just a mile or so west of the downtown is the Charleston neighborhood. Serving as the city?s International District, the area is filled with a mix of antique, collectible and thrift shops.
Residents agree that the Seattle area?s combination of urban sophistication and easygoing charm, with access to spectacular outdoor recreation opportunities make it a great place to live. One can catch a Mariners or Seahawks game, head up the Space Needle for 360-degree city views or take in one of Seattle Center's many ground-level attractions such as the Pacific Science Center, the Children's Museum, the Experience Music Project, or the Science Fiction Museum. Visit the famous Pike Place Market and wander through the fish, fruit, flower and crafts stalls, and watch the fishmongers toss their hefty catch right before your eyes. Take the steps down to the docks and visit the Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center or the Seattle Aquarium. Art galleries and antiques shops are prominent in Pioneer Square and all ages find both the Woodland Park Zoo and the Ballard Locks fascinating. If museums are more your speed, visit the Frye Art Museum, the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, the Henry Art Gallery, or the Museum of History & Industry. Or, head northeast to taste the homegrown wines of the neighboring vineyards.
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