Silverdale is the largest retail hub in the region and offers visitors the unique opportunity to enjoy both a great shopping and outdoor recreation experience. It is located 9 miles northwest of Bremerton and the same distance south of Poulsbo. The Bremerton ferries to Seattle are 10 miles away and the Kingston ferry to Edmonds is just 15 miles away. Silverdale offers less than 1 hour travel to the Hood Canal and the Olympic Mountains and just slightly longer to Lake Cushman.
Centrally located on the Kitsap Peninsula, Silverdale offers scenic trails, award-winning breweries, and beachfront hotels with stunning views of Dyes Inlet, Mount Rainier, the Olympic Mountains, and glorious sunsets. Easy beach access leads to tons of outdoor fun, and hundreds of shops, the malls, movie theaters, escape rooms, and a bowling alley offer plenty of indoor activities, too. Silverdale also has the All Star Lanes and Casino.
The Kitsap County Silverdale Waterfront Park and Port of Silverdale boat launch offer visitors some wonderful attractions and amenities. The waterfront park has a gazebo, a large playground for kids, sandy beach, waterfront trail access, picnic tables, restrooms, with shops and cafes right across the street. The Port of Silverdale provides a public boat ramp, trailer parking, guest moorage, showers, and restrooms. There are spectacular views as well! Island Lake County park is just a mile away.
Old Town Silverdale is home to many salons and restaurants and the Harrison Medical Center just completed a multi-year expansion.
The population was 19,204 at the 2010 census.
Silverdale Surrounding Areas
Chico is a quiet waterfront bedroom community just north of Bremerton and just south of Silverdale. Washington State Route 3 runs through the community creating a 20 minute drive to the Kingston Ferry which carries you to Edmonds, north of Seattle. From Chico you are just 14 miles to the Bremerton Ferry to Settle.
The area has beautiful water views and views of Mt. Rainier to the South. Local attractions include a cafe and a Lavender farm but Chico benefits from all of the conveniences of Silverdale, just 3 miles away.
Chico Salmon Park is a 4.5-acre Kitsap County park located in the lower reaches of the Chico Creek watershed, a 16-square mile area that supports natural populations of native salmonid including chum, coho, steelhead, and cutthroat trout. Since 2013 a group of volunteer stewards have transformed it into the public resource it is today. Each year, an average of approximately 40,000 salmonids travel upstream through the park in search of suitable spawning habitat. If you visit the park in early November, it is not uncommon to see many actively spawning salmonids, primarily chum salmon, at any given time.
Located in Bremerton, but still very close to Chico, the Kitsap Golf and Country Club is nestled among the cedars and hemlocks of the Chico Creek watershed. This beautiful golf course provides a sense of tranquility while at the same time challenging players of all skill levels.
Keyport is a small community a few miles northeast of Silverdale surrounded by rural land and residences.
Keyport's major tourist attraction is the Naval Undersea Museum which exhibits many displays on undersea technology, including the bathyscaphe Trieste II, which descended to 20,000 feet (6,100 m). There is also a boat dock operated by the local Port Authority. Kitsap County maintains a small county park on the beach just across SR-308 from the main gate.
The base sports a boat launch, a park, a large picnic area on a lagoon, and a number of hiking trails on "Radio Hill" used by base employees during lunch breaks.
Places to eat include the Keyport Mercantile & Diner.
The 2010 census, the Keyport CDP had a total population of 554.
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