The Port of Grays Harbor and the City of Aberdeen is home to Washington State's official tall ship ambassador, the Lady Washington. The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport, a non-profit educational organization, makes maritime history real aboard the Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain by offering education programs, adventure sails, private and film charters, dockside tours, sail training, and longboat programs. Aberdeen has a wonderful walking tour that follows a paved path on Broadway Hill and along the Chehalis River through the Morrison Riverfront Park. Across the harbor on the Pacific side, Westport offers some of the freshest seafood available in the region where patrons can buy fresh salmon, tuna, crab, and prawns right off the boat.
The Port of Grays Harbor has a cool summer Mediterranean climate with warm summers and mild winters. Temperatures range from an average high of about 16°C (62°F) from July through September to an average low of 4°C (40°F) in December and January. Most precipitation falls on the Port of Grays Harbor from November through January at about 33 centimeters (13 inches), reaching a low in July and August at three centimeters (just over one inch). Humidity levels in the Port of Grays Harbor are fairly constant throughout the year at around 90%. Snow comes to the Port of Grays Harbor from mid-October through mid-April, peaking in January at about 14 centimeters (5.5 inches).
At Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge, visitors find thousands of Arctic-bound shorebirds and migratory birds from late April to early May and then again during the fall migrations June through October. The migrations include most of the world's Western Sandpiper population. Thousands of dunlin make the Refuge their home for the winter. The Refuge contains natural habitats that support rich biodiversity, even for the verdant Pacific Northwest. Habitats include mudflats, marshes, and deciduous woodlands.
The Westport Maritime Museum, located about 11 nautical miles across the bay from the Port of Grays Harbor, was originally home to the US Coast Guard Lifeboat Station. The maritime museum opened in 1985 after the Coast Guard got a new building. Visitor to the Westport Maritime Museum learn about Washington Coast's history and the Grays Harbor Lighthouse, Washington's tallest lighthouse. There are two whale houses next to the main building that contain a variety of sea mammal skeletons, and the main building contains the Destruction Island Lens taken from the lighthouse on Destruction Island that has guided vessels and crews to safety for more than 100 years. The Westport Maritime Museum is open every day from April through October from 10am until 4pm. From October to March, it is open on Friday through Sunday from noon until 4pm.
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