Pickleball Is Growing in Poulsbo

Pickleball – the sport that’s captivating the nation – is also gaining fans in Poulsbo. Residents of Washington’s very own “Little Norway” are slowly finding out what all the fuss is about thanks to pickleball’s fun, accessible and inclusive atmosphere, which ensures players always come back for more.

Whether you’ve played the game before or are a curious newcomer, Poulsbo’s welcoming community and scenic courts make it the perfect place to dive into the world of pickleball.

Join us as we explore how this easy-to-learn sport fosters camaraderie, promotes health benefits, and adds a new, exciting layer to the rich tapestry of things to do in Poulsbo.

What Is Pickleball?

Pickleball, a dynamic blend of tennis, ping-pong, and badminton, is a paddle sport that’s taking the world by storm. Its unique pace allows for both casual and competitive play, making it a fantastic way to simply stay active or challenge yourself both physically and mentally.

In matches, players use flat paddles to ‘dink’ a perforated plastic ball over a low net, on a court a third of the size of a tennis court. Play continues until one side is unable to return the ball or commits an infraction, after which points are awarded to the opposing team.

Although singles matches aren’t uncommon, pickleball is typically played in a doubles format, which helps to contribute to a social atmosphere that is as engaging as the gameplay itself.

Yet pickleball is more than just a game; it’s a full-body workout that enhances coordination, balance, and mental agility.

That being said, learning how to play pickleball isn’t all that hard, which is part of the reason why 36.5 million pickleball players across the US fell in love with the sport and played matches during 2022.

Where to Play Pickleball in Poulsbo

There’s a couple of places where you can enjoy a game of pickleball in Poulsbo, so if you’re on the hunt for pickleball courts near you, our list is a great place to start.

Chief Kitsap Academy Gym

Chief Kitsap Academy Gym is home to three indoor pickleball courts with permanent lines, which makes it a great place to enjoy a game, come rain or shine.

Just remember to bring your own net with you, as these aren’t provided by the gym. Membership is also required to play here, but this ensures a dedicated, friendly and regular community of players.

Click here for more details on Chief Kitsap Academy Gym

Lions Park

Lions Park is a favorite among Poulsbo’s pickleball enthusiasts. It features two outdoor concrete courts, overlaid on a tennis court, which makes the net slightly taller than a standard pickleball net.

The park offers amenities like lights for evening games. Best of all, the courts are free to use, making it a popular choice for casual games and friendly matches.

Click here for more details on Lions Park. 

Final Thoughts

Embrace the pickleball phenomenon today! Step onto the court, feel the energy and join in the fun. Experience firsthand why this sport has been America’s fastest-growing sport for three consecutive years. Don’t just read about it – grab your paddle, get out there, and play!

For more information on the sport of Pickleball, head on over to pickleheads.com

Article and images courtesy of Pickleheads

A Dog-Friendly Getaway in Poulsbo

Looking for a place to relax with your Pup?
Poulsbo has plenty of dog-friendly destinations!

Explore Kitsap County’s parks with your best friend and enjoy great food and beautiful views in our dog-friendly restaurants and hotels. 

Poulsbo Inn Loves Pets!

Arrive at the Poulsbo Inn and Suites, where pets are welcome for an additional $15/night plus tax. You can choose one of 83 newly renovated guestrooms featuring the rich colors of the Northwest that is reminiscent of a mountain lodge.  A room with a view will afford you a breathtaking panorama of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound.

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Enjoy Downtown

Start your day with a stroll down Front Street in downtown Poulsbo. Take your dog for a walk on the boardwalk alongside Liberty Bay, where you can breathe in the fresh marine air, catch a glimpse of the Olympic Mountains, and watch the abundance of wildlife.

Eats and Treats

Pack your lunch from Marina Market on Front Street, where you can find the the largest selection of Scandinavian, European, and Dutch foods in Western Puget Sound. Enjoy the selection of over 350 licorices, 500+ Craft Beers, and over 350 top quality chocolates. Pick up some treats for your pup at Boomer’s Pet Boutique.

Picnic in the Park

Bring your picnic lunch to Raab Park, a 21 acre community park with something for everyone–volleyball, a playground for the kids, bird watching, an arboretum, and a fenced dog run.

Happy Trails

For more hiking adventures, explore the trails with your dog at North Kitsap Heritage Park, an 809 acre community preserve 25 minutes from downtown Poulsbo.

Afternoon Fare

Finish your day with a sweet chicken chili salad, or a bacon burger with frizzled onions and fries at Caffe Cocina and top it off with an espresso and a pastry for dessert.

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Outdoor Recreation in Poulsbo

Day Trip to Poulsbo – Absolutely! Poulsbo is centrally located in the heart of the Kitsap Peninsula and practically surrounded by water, making for great fishing, crabbing, sightseeing, mountain biking and kayaking.

Wildlife is plentiful throughout the shores of Poulsbo’s own Liberty Bay where one can view seals, otters, blue herons, and salmon returning to their natal streams to spawn during the fall in Dogfish Creek.

Kayaking in Poulsbo is an excellent day trip adventure and you can spend a day slowly sightseeing your way around Liberty Bay. The Olympic Outdoor Center, operates a kayak rental facility waterside in downtown Poulsbo. Grab a donut at the famous Sluy’s Bakery on front street – you won’t be disappointed – then stroll over and rent a kayak to burn off those calories!



July 1st kicks off crabbing season in the waters around Poulsbo. If you are visiting by boat, Poulsbo has a full service marina to tie up at. Crabbing isn’t far off, just outside Agate Pass there are some excellent options to drop a crab pot. Just look for all the other crab buoys!

Visitors interested in bird watching or sightseeing can also take in numerous picturesque views on the waterfront in downtown Poulsbo. Seals, otters, ducks, geese and blue herons all make a presence at one time or another.

The surrounding freshwater and saltwater of the Kitsap Peninsula is plentiful with fishing options, and make for a great day adventure if you are visiting the area.

Try your luck at Buck Lake in Hansville for some feisty rainbow trout, or perhaps one of the many nice sized bass that lurk in the shallows. Situated about 25 minutes from downtown Poulsbo, Buck Lake County Park offers a large grassy area, playground, boat launch and nature trails. Small boats and personal watercraft can easily access Buck Lake.

Visiting Poulsbo for a weekend stay?

Well, there’s no shortage of options to plan a great itinerary!

Plan a morning mountain biking trip to the miles of trails off Stottlemeyer road, just five minutes from Poulsbo. Riders have ample trails to choose from ranging from beginner to advanced levels.

It wouldn’t be a trip to Poulsbo without being involved in some type of water activity, so finish the day off paddling around Liberty Bay on a kayaking adventure.

Day two of your adventure might include fly fishing adventure on the majestic waters of Hood Canal. Poulsbo and the surrounding area boasts some excellent saltwater fly fishing opportunities for the visiting angler. Fly fishing for Sea-Run Cutthroat trout has become quite a hit lately around Poulsbo.

Hood Canal

These are hard fighting, wild sea trout that live in the waters surrounding Poulsbo and the Kitsap Peninsula. Sea-Runs are very aggressive and a fly-fishing excursion makes for a great day trip experience while visiting.

Fjord Fly Fishing is a saltwater fly-fishing guide service based in Poulsbo that offers guided fly fishing by boat. They offer full day 8-hour trips, and half day 5-hour trips for up to two anglers. Check out www.fjordflyfishing.com for more information on this great experience. Anglers new or experienced to the art of fly fishing can choose to chase these wily game fish in the waters of Hood Canal or Puget Sound with Capt. Chad Gillespie of Fjord Fly Fishing.

The outdoor options are limitless in Poulsbo and the surrounding Kitsap Peninsula, come visit us to get a Norwegian taste of this unique town!

Guest Blog, written by Chad Gillespie
Owner and Captain of Fjord Fly Fishing

Outdoor Adventure Itinerary

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Sleep Well

Obviously the first thing to do is check-in to your accommodations! You’ll find plenty to choose from in Poulsbo, but to keep close to adventure, you’ll be staying at the Green Cat Guest House Bed & Breakfast, just minutes from the Hood Canal Bridge and the gateway to the Olympics Mountains.

Enjoy your night with some award winning BBQ just a couple minutes down the road at Mike’s Four Star BBQ in Port Gamble. If you get close enough to smell it, you’ll have to eat there!

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Fuel Up

Wake up refreshed and take the opportunity of being close to Port Gamble to have breakfast at Kitsap’s top rated breakfast restaurant, the Port Gamble General Store and Cafe. The local, fresh and organic fare will help get you energized for your day of hiking in the Olympics.[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row no_margin=”true” border=”all” style=”padding: 15px;”][vc_column width=”1/4″][image type=”rounded” float=”none” link=”true” target=”blank” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” src=”1338″ alt=”Hike Mount Townsend” href=”http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/mount-townsend”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][text_output]

Hike Til You Can’t Anymore

Mount Townsend offers rhododendrons in May and June, wildflowers in June through August, then berries in August and September and fall colors in, well, fall in an old growth wonderland with waterfalls and a unique summit experience. The trailhead is about an hour away from breakfast in some of our states most beautiful country.

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Treat Yourself

There is truly nothing like Molly Ward Gardens for dinner. With eclectic settings described as “European, warm & cozy” and a wild, ever changing menu you’re sure to be delighted with, simply put, something different than the norm.

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Day Two – Breakfast then Kayaking

Remember, “Fun Wins.” Today breakfast is at a uniquely Poulsbo cafe called The Poulsbohemian, where you’ll have a light treat, good coffee and get ready to walk to your kayaking adventure.

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With the Idea of Fun in Mind…

Before leaving town stop by The Green Light Diner on Front Street in downtown Poulsbo for an early dinner. This is not a cheesy 50’s diner wannabe! The Green Light Diner is a throwback restaurant, but is ran by high end chefs and restaurateurs for the best in good ol’ American food.[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][text_output]We Recommend:

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