10 Things To Do While Visiting Olympia, Lacey & Tumwater


lucky eagleYou have long lost relatives in town for a wedding this weekend.  You need to entertain your extended family during a reunion.  Your sister-in-laws cousin’s kids are visiting.  You are moving in a few weeks and want to make sure you haven’t missed an experience.  You want to explore your backyard in more detail.  Whatever the reason… ThurstonTalk has you covered for the Top Ten things to do in Thurston County.  Click on any link to learn more about this activity.  Or, turn to our events calendar for a current list of what’s happening in Olympia.

And, be sure to reference our major event and festival calendar.  Perhaps there will even be a parade heading down Capitol Way.

olympia weekend events1.  Rent kayaks at Tugboat Annie’s or Boston Harbor Marina.  Paddle in Puget Sound or Hood Canal.

2.  Swing into the Hands On Children’s Museum.  Hop next door to LOTT’s WET Science Center.  Splash in the East Bay Public Plaza.

3.  Tour the Washington State capitol buildings and grounds.  Take time to visit the State Capitol Museum, Lacey Museum or Olympic Flight Museum.

4.  Explore Capital State Forest by foot or bike.  Hike, boulder, or mountain bike in the 100,000+ acre natural woodland.

5.  Ride the Chehalis-Western Trail.  Join the Woodland Creek trail to extend the bike ride.  (More biking info here.)

6.  Shop at the Olympia Farmers Market.  Talk to local farmers and craftspeople.  Explore seven smaller Farmers Markets around the area.  During the summer months, visit the South Sound Estuarium.

7.  Take a seat and dine on tasty, often locally grown, food at area restaurants.  Ask for a window seat to enjoy the view at many waterfront eateries.

8.  Walk the boardwalk at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge or McLane Creek Nature Trail.  Both locations have a family friendly trail through diverse habitat.

9.  Attend a live performance at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Harlequin Productions, Olympia Family Theater, or Capital Playhouse.

10. Celebrate the migrating salmon or the rushing waterfalls at the centrally located Tumwater Falls Park.  Visit any of our local parks and beaches.

This list is certainly not exclusive.  There are loads of amazing businesses, events, and activities in the Thurston County area.  Plus, use our event calendar to find local activities to entertain your crew.


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8 Responses to 10 Things To Do While Visiting Olympia, Lacey & Tumwater

  1. Also Joe

    Capital Playhouse has closed, temporarily at least. Update your #9 listing by substituting Olympia Little Theater for it. Don’t forget Lakefair.

  2. Jewels

    Don’t forget Olympia Little Theater (#9)

  3. Nate Bernitz

    Correction- The South Sound Estuarium remains open on the weekends through March , and possibly beyond!

  4. Kathy Duden-Daviess

    Tolmie State park, there are a couple hikes and beach strolling.

  5. Joe

    I walk around Watershed Park a couple of times per week. I love it. The other day a young couple pointed out to me an owl that was only 10 yards away from us. It was beautiful. I highly suggest checking it out.

    I went to Tumwater falls today. I was hoping to see the salmon coming in but unfortunately I did not. It is still a nice walk and even better, get some dinner at the Falls Terrace restaurant as it overlooks the falls. I spoke to some young people who had used inner tubes to meander from Pioneer Park. It is a 3 hour trip. They stated the water is starting to get cold though.

    I also went to the Nisqually River today on my motorcycle. I watched as some of the anglers pulled in huge salmon. It made me wish I had my fishing gear with me but it was majestic to see the big salmon being reeled in. It was also great to see the happiness of the ones who caught the fish.

  6. john greer

    dude, you mention tumwater falls?

  7. Joe

    Watershed Park is a nice little stroll to take also.

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