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Fun things to do in Olympia, Washington

Updated on August 11, 2016
  • 1/3/2016 - Added Tolmie State Park
  • 7/26/2015 - Added Tugboat Annies
  • 3/1/2015 - Added Nisqually Wildlife Refuge

Percival Landing

Experience the breathtaking views of the harbor and the Olympic Mountains. Watch sail boats dock into port. The family will enjoy the public art, playground, picnic area, and restaurants that are right off the boardwalk. Something for everyone!

Tip: Celebrate Harbor Days during the Labor Day Weekend.

Tip: The Harbor House can be rented for various occasions.

For more information, visit:

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Percival Landing Park, 405 Columbia Street Northwest, Olympia, WA 98501, USA
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Boston Harbor

Boston Harbor - looking to go kayaking, row boating, or paddle boarding on the beautiful waters of Puget Sound? Well look no further, Boston Harbor Marine has seasonal boat rentals and lessons. Just 7 miles north of Olympia, offers a beautiful view of Olympic Mountain range. Features a general store right off the dock.

For more information, check out their official web site at:

Tip: Check out the annual Boston Harbor fireworks show on July 3rd! Please call the office for more information.

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312 73rd Avenue Northeast, Olympia, WA 98506, USA
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Wet Science Center

The kids will have fun as they learn about importance of water conservation and how it impacts the Puget Sound ecosystem. There are lots of interactive attractions and also a spin-the-wheel trivia game where you can win a prize.

For more information, check out their website at:

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WET Science Center, LOTT Cleanwater Alliance, 500 Adams Street Northeast, Olympia, WA 98501, USA
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Burfoot Park

Burfoot Park is a great place for families to escape the city and become one with nature. As you enter the park, you'll are greeted by a playground which is nestled within the forest landscape. Next to the park are trails leading down to the waters of Puget Sound. Offers a specular view of the Olympics.

Tip: Make sure to stay on the trails as there are warning signs for poison oak. Some parts of the trailer are muddy so make sure to wear the appropriate footwear.

Directions to Burfoot Park

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Burfoot Park, 6927 Boston Harbor Road Northeast, Olympia, WA 98506, USA
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Hands On Children's Museum

The Hand's On Children's Museum is one of the premiere children's destinations in Thurston County which offers a world of interactivity and wonder. They will love the pretend shopping mart, tree house slide, art stations, giant outdoor sandbox, and other great attractions!

Tip: Admission is free every 1st Friday of the month.

Tip: Each year they host a Sand in the City event that the family will enjoy. Check out their event homepage at:

For more information, check out their official website at:

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Hands On Children's Museum, 414 Jefferson Street Northeast, Olympia, WA 98501, USA
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Tumwater Falls Park

Tumwater Falls Park is great place to have a picnic as well as taking in some gorgeous views of the many waterfalls of the Deschutes river. Featuring a scenic nature trail loop. As you walk, you'll enjoy breathtaking views of Capitol Lake. The family will enjoy the salmon hatchery and playground which are also part of the experience.

Tip: Don't miss the Duck Dash that is held every year. For more information on this event, visit Lacey Rotaries Facebook page at:

For more information about the park visit:

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Tumwater Falls Park, 110 Deschutes Parkway Southwest, Tumwater, WA 98501, USA
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Farmer's Market

Farmer's market is located in the downtown Olympia area close to the marina. You'll enjoy the live music, food vendors, and all of the farm fresh produce and fruits offered by local merchants. Now open all season long.

Tip: Most of the vendors except cash only. You can buy tokens at the information desk which can be used to purchase goods.

For more visit:

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Farmers Market, Olympia Farmers Market, Olympia, WA 98501, USA
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The Warehouse Rock Gym

Conveniently located across the street from the Hand's on Museum, this gym provides great fun for everyone. Featuring a wide variety of different climbing walls - varying in difficulty. Birthday parties are also available.

For more information check out their website at:

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315 Jefferson Street Northeast, Olympia, WA 98501, USA
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Priest Point Park

Nestled alongside the beautiful waters of the Puget Sound harbor is Priest Point park. A perfect place for outings with family and friends. Featuring covered shelters (reservation required), playground, and trails down to the beach.

For more information, visit the official park website at:

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Priest Point Park, 2600 East Bay Drive Northeast, Olympia, WA 98506, USA
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Schilter Family Farms

For more information visit:

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141 Nisqually Cut Off Road Southeast, Olympia, WA 98513, USA
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Lattin's Cider Mill

Known for their famous apple fritters, this place is fun for the whole family. Featuring a bakery, animal petting, and a mini western play area town for the little ones.

For more information visit:

Tip: Lattin's is open year round to the public.

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9402 Rich Road Southeast, Olympia, WA 98501, USA
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Cottage Treehouse Christmas Lights

Each year the Cottage Treehouse gift store hosts a speculator Christmas display of lights. This is no ordinary Christmas display that you drive by. No, in fact you can actually experience it firsthand! Park the car and take a stroll through this Christmas wonderland! There is so much to see!! The Cottage Treehouse has all kinds of holiday gifts. This display has become a yearly family tradition for us.

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3747 107th Avenue Southwest, Olympia, WA 98512, USA
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Nisqually Wildlife Refuge

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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, 100 Brown Farm Road Northeast, Olympia, WA 98516, USA
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Tugboat Annie's

At the end of West Bay Drive you will find Tugboat Annie's. Offering dining and kayak rentals. For more information visit:

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2100 West Bay Drive Northwest, Olympia, WA 98502, USA
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Tolmie State Park

Tolmie park offers beautiful views of the ocean inlet and the Olympic mountains. There are various trails throughout the park. Park admission is $10 a day or $30 a year which is part of the Discover Pass. The Discover Pass gives you unlimited access to all Washington State Parks. For more information visit:

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7730 61st Ave NE, Olympia, WA 98516, USA
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      Isaac Ortiz 3 years ago from Olympia, Washington

      More fun places will be posted soon!