Nestled in between the Puget Sound and Interstate-5, DuPont is a top choice for those who are looking to live somewhere close to Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Like much of the Pacific Northwest, DuPont really shines during the summer months when the sun comes out and we can take advantage of everything our region offers!
Whether you have little ones at home during the summer months or are just looking to make the most of your summer weekends, DuPont has some great activities to enjoy! We chatted with a couple of locals who gave us some great ideas for things to do this summer in DuPont:
1. Participate in a Community Garden
“Grow your own organic produce and help local food banks at the Intel DuPont Community Garden!” suggests Michelle Pihlman. “With the closing of the Intel building, DuPont’s community garden is moving to Powerline Road off of Center Drive by the end of April. Plots are available for a small annual fee and 50% of the produce goes to local food banks. The rest of the organic vegetables are for you to enjoy!”
If you enjoy taking long scenic walks, then Michelle Pihlman has the perfect summertime activity recommendation for you:
“There is so much to discover on the Sequalitchew Creek Trail. Starting at the DuPont Civic Center on Center Drive is the entrance to the Sequalitchew Creek Trail. The trail is a mile and a half long with an elevation drop of 200 feet on your way down to the Puget Sound. The trail is along the Sequalitchew Creek through a wooded area where the DuPont explosives company used to operate a railway to transport explosives down to a wharf on Puget Sound. Once down on the Puget Sound, spend some time enjoying the quiet beach before heading back up the hill. It’s a great hike for families and geocaches are often located along the trail.”
The trail has clear signs pointing you in the right direction, and you can even bring dogs as long as they’re on a leash. To take a look at a map, several photos, and read other tips, click here!
3. Play Golf at the Home Course in DuPont
Located at Golf House Rd, DuPont, WA 98327, the Home Course in DuPont is a must-visit for golf enthusiasts! “[This] great links-style course [has] amazing Puget Sound and Olympic Mountain views,” shares Michael McNiel. “[The course] has hosted the US Amateur Championship tournament and will challenge golfers of all levels.”
This beautiful golf course opened in 2007, and is owned and operated by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association and the Washington State Golf Association. Soon, the course will be home to Northwest offices of the WSGA, PNGA, and USGA, making this hotspot a hub for golfers in the region! Click here to learn about taking golf lessons, and learn more about event facilities here.
4. Celebrate DuPont’s History on Hudson’s Bay Day in August
Each year, the DuPont Historical Society hosts its annual Hudson’s Bay Day to celebrate the history of Fort Nisqually. “Tours are given throughout the day as well as other activities to help share the history of the site. The event takes place at Clock Tower Park at 1400 Palisade Blvd. Admission is free,” shares Michelle Pihlman.
This year, the event will be taking place on Sunday, August 20th from 12 - 4pm. Visitors can go on tours of the original 1843 site of the fort with history re-enactors, learn all about the first settlement there, and also enjoy food vendors. Learn more about the event here!
5. Check Out the DuPont Historical Museum
If you can’t make it to the Hudson Bay Day at the museum, good news—it’s open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10am to 4pm, and Sunday from 1pm to 4pm. Michelle Pihlman highly recommends checking it out:
“Visit the DuPont Historical Museum to learn about the mid-1800s when the Hudson’s Bay Company operated a fur trading outpost called Fort Nisqually in this area,” says Michelle. “The museum also has extensive information about the DuPont explosives company.”
Click here for more information on what to expect on your visit to the museum!