20 Things to do in Olympia.

Olympia is a great little town! Big enough to have everything you would want or need, yet small enough to have friendly welcoming people. Often overlooked as a tourist destination, we are ideally located an hour south of Seattle and just on two hours north of Portland. The perfect getaway without driving for hours, or spending forever going through airport security.

By no means is this a complete list, that list would stretch on for a very long time! However this is a great teaser.

  1. Wander the Farmers Market (Thursday to Sunday 10am to 3pm, Off season it is open weekends only, Winter it is open Saturdays).
  2. Take a walk around Capital Lake.
  3. Tour the Bigelow House Museum.
  4. Have a meal at a waterfront restaurant.
  5. Listen to the live music at the Farmers Market (11am to 2pm), while eating your lunch from one of the vendors.
  6. Take a guided tour of the State Capital Building (Daily 10am to 3pm on the hour).
  7. Go for a hike at the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge.
  8. Experience the Hands on Children’s Museum.
  9. Take a leisurely stroll at Woodard Bay, with its view of the Heron Rookery and open air Interpretive Center.
  10. Relax with a yoga class (Oly Hot Yoga, Bhanda Room, Firefly…the list is almost endless).
  11. Visit the Mima Mounds and Interpretive Center.
  12. Eat a burger from Eastside Big Tom’s at Lion’s Park!
  13. See the rose garden at Priest Point Park.
  14. Rent a kayak at Boston Harbor and paddle the sound.
  15. See Tumwater Falls, at Brewery Park then indulge at the SPSCC Craft District.
  16. Run through the fountain at Heritage Park.
  17. Walk the beach at Tolmie State Park, Burfoot Park or Priest Point Park.
  18. Take a self guided walking tour of one of the historical neighborhoods (Bigelow, South Capital, Eastside).
  19. See live theater downtown! (Harlequin Productions, Olympia Family Theater, Washington Center).
  20. Grab a espresso from our Espresso Window and relax on the side porch!