This summer, tourists journeying to the state capital’s downtown area will have a new transportation option thanks to a new fuel dock at Swantown Marina.
While this part of Puget Sound has long been accessible to boaters, it has been 18 years since the area last had a refilling station, which prevented many tourists from visiting the state capital via boat for leisure activities and weekend getaways.
“The Port is committed to creating infrastructure to support and significantly expand recreational use and tourism — this same infrastructure will also broaden the port’s support of commercial maritime activities in the area,” executive director of the Port of Olympia, Ed Galligan, said in a statement. “Swantown is now a full-service marina, which will help promote tourism in Thurston County, and we are also pleased to say we have the most environmentally friendly and state-of-the-art facility in Puget Sound.”
Slated to open later this summer, the fuel dock will draw additional attention to the existing moorage space at Swantown where slips are available for one to 30 days on a first come, first served basis.
Moorage at Swantown also will put boaters in a prime location for easy access to waterfront amenities like the Downtown Welcome Center, Olympia Farmers Market, Hands On Children’s Museum, WET Science Center, walking trails, and of course, Olympia’s many waterfront restaurants. Alternately, some boaters might prefer to hop on Olympia’s free public transit, The Dash, and journey out to see the capitol dome.
For more information about Olympia waterfront amenities, visit Port of Olympia online.