Centrum is located at historic Fort Worden State Park in the Victorian seaport of Port Townsend, WA.
Perched at the northeast tip of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, Port Townsend is a magical combination of land and sea, with panoramic views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, as well as the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges.
Located a short ferry ride from Seattle, Centrum is ideally located for easy access, while being a world away, set in the timeless beauty of Fort Worden State Park.
Here is a Google map of Fort Worden and Port Townsend.
Beginning in 2011, the State of Washington implemented the Discover Pass at all Washington State Parks, including Fort Worden. However, be assured that if you are coming to the Fort for a Centrum event as detailed below, an entrance fee will not be charged.
- Workshops: you must be a registered participant, faculty member, or staying in parks housing overnight
- Events: ticket holders for ticketed events, or while attending free events (Free Fridays, readings, lectures)
- Volunteers: while volunteering at Centrum events.
For any other entrance fee questions, please contact Fort Worden directly at (360) 344- 4400.
Getting to Port Townsend and Fort Worden
Taking the ferry From Seattle or Edmonds to Hood Canal Bridge
Allow 30 minutes crossing time, and an hour to an hour and a half drive time. We urge you to get to the ferry early.
Take the ferry from the Colman Ferry Dock (at the foot of Madison Street in downtown Seattle) and drive on Highway 305 across Bainbridge Island, through Poulsbo, turning right on Route 3 North) and follow signs to the Hood Canal Bridge (Highway 104 West).
… or take the ferry from Edmonds to Kingston and proceed on Highway 104 West, following the signs to the Hood Canal Bridge….
Five miles past the Hood Canal Bridge, turn right off Highway 104 onto Highway 19.
Or, from Sea-Tac Airport to the Hood Canal Bridge.
Take the “exit to freeways” from the airport. Get on I-5 south. Take Rt 16 west to Tacoma and the Narrows Bridge & Bremerton. Go across the Bridge. Now you are on Rt 3 north. Signs will say “Bremerton-Hood Canal Bridge’, and then ‘Silverdale-Hood Canal Bridge”. Stay on Rt 3 until you get to the Hood Canal Bridge.
Go across the Bridge. Now you are on 104 west. Stay on 104 west for about 5 miles, until you see signs for Rt 19 north-Port Townsend. Turn right onto 19 north.
Stay on 19 north until it curves to the right (about 20 miles) and becomes 20 east at the stop light (you’ll see the Courtesy Ford Dealership). Stay on 20 east and it goes right into Port Townsend.
Hwy 20 will go thru the first part of Port Townsend (and will be called Sims Way now) and then you will see the water and head down a hill. You will go through a stop light right by the Safeway. You will see a sign for Fort Worden right before the next light. Turn left onto Kearney St. at the light. At the next stop sign (at a T intersection) turn right onto Blaine. At the next stop sign (another T) turn left onto Walker. Walker curves around to the right and becomes Cherry St. Follow Cherry St thru the next stop sign. You will come to a ‘Y’ intersection. Follow Cherry to the right and up the hill. At the bottom of the other side you will be at the Fort gate. (You can also go left at the ‘Y’ and you will be on Redwood. Turn right at the next stop, go one block and turn left into the Fort. Campers and motorhomes need to go this way.) To get to the Centrum office, come thru the gate and to the 4-way stop. Turn right and go down past the flag pole. Turn left onto Battery Way. The office is the 2nd building on the left.
Getting to Sea-Tac Airport from Fort Worden/Port Townsend
Go straight out the Fort Gate and up and over the hill on Cherry St. Stay on Cherry thru the 4-way stop and past the golf course (on your right). Take a right onto Blaine St. Take the next left at Kearney St. At the stop light turn right onto Sims Way. Sims Way turns into Hwy 20 west. Follow 20 to the intersection and stop light at the Courtesy Ford Dealership. 20 turns right, but you want to go straight and you are now on Rt 19 south.
Follow 19 south (it is also Beaver Valley Rd after you go thru the 4-way stop in Chimacum) until it ends at 104. Turn left onto 104 east and follow it across the Hood Canal Bridge. On the other side of the bridge turn right onto Rt 3 south. Stay on Rt 3 south down thru Silverdale and Bremerton, and to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Cross the bridge and you are on Rt 16 east. Stay on 16 until you hit I-5 north. Take I-5 north up to exit 154A, 518 west, to Sea-Tac Airport. Follow signs into airport parking or pick up area.