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Ship Simulator Tours

Get on the water (virtually)! Pilot a ship into Seattle’s Elliott Bay or under the Golden Gate Bridge and experience what it’s like to drive into a storm as you don the role of captain in our state-of-the-art Pilothouse Ship Simulator! 

Our simulator is a destination for commercial pilots to train to safely steer a commercial ship into ports across the West Coast. On Saturdays during the summer, you can take an interactive tour to get a behind-the-scenes look at a professional mariner training facility and experience it first-hand as you navigate through a person-overboard drill. Summer Saturday tours are free and first come, first serve. All ages are welcome.

2024 Summer Tour Details

June 28–August 31 | Saturdays from 12:00–4:00 PM 
Free and first come first serve | All ages welcome

Check-in at the Welcome Center located at 431 Water St, Port Townsend. Kids ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Questions? View our FAQs below or contact 360-385-3628 x0 or info@nwmaritime.org.

Private Tours

Email our Registrar at registar@nwmaritime.org to schedule a private group tour. A simulator tour for a private group costs $20 per person with a minimum charge of $100.


Are these tours ADA accessible?

Yes! The Ship Simulator tour is ADA accessible.

Where should I park?

There is public street parking available in front of Northwest Maritime. There is also a larger public parking lot at the intersection of Monroe and Washington. There is also public parking along Monroe Street adjacent to Memorial Field.

Where do I go when I arrive?

Please check in at the Welcome Center, located at 431 Water St., Port Townsend, for your Ship Simulator tour.

Am I going to watch someone use the simulator or can I actually use it?

You can actually use it and get a feel for driving a big ship at night in a wind storm!

How many people will be in the room at one time?

Up to 6 people may be in the simulator room at one time.

Are these tours open to all ages?

Yes, all ages are welcome!