We’re excited to announce that Fort Nisqually, the cool fort that serves as a living history museum at Point Defiance, IS OPEN again for the summer of 2020! This is a super fun place to take kids, and we’re so excited to see more spots like this opening.
The fort reopened July 15th. You do need to get timed, entry tickets online, in advance.
And-hot tip alert-the fort IS hosting summer camps this year, and some still have room. Woot! You can check out their camp options here.
If you haven’t been to Fort Nisqually with kids before, it’s well worth a visit. My family and I go here often because we’re big history buffs, but even young kids will have fun running around the grass field, trying out the old fashioned games, and going up the towers.
Fort Nisqually was originally located in Dupont and was a Hudson’s Bay Trading Company outpost. The buildings you can explore today are recreations and help kids (and adults) imagine life at an 1800’s settlement.
You can go shop at the store; see the quarters where workers would have lived; check out the chickens, and maybe catch a demonstration, like blacksmithing. Typically, there are also volunteers in period dress giving demonstrations or talks. Note that I don’t know how many of those folks will be around, and some interactive, high touch experiences may not be available. Indoor capacity is also limited.
As you can imagine, there are some restrictions to keep everyone safe. You will also need a timed entry ticket.
Honestly, we go here at least a couple times every summer and have never encountered more than one or two other groups here except during an event, so I think this is going to be one of the easier places in the area to socially distance.
Here are some additional measures the fort is taking:
- Limiting the number of guests onsite at any time (online ticketing for all guests)
- Ensuring social distancing and minimizing person-to-person contact (credit cards only)
- Face covering required (over 5 years old)
- Adopting stricter cleaning and sanitizing protocols (focus on high-touch surfaces, sanitizing stations)
- Following all public health guidelines (staff training)
- Reduced capacity to indoor spaces and high-touch, interactive experiences