Things to Do Olympia
There are a number of things to do in Olympia Washingon as well as great sights close to the city. Below is a short list of things to in and around Olympia WA.
1. Visit the state Capitol. Free guided tours offered daily between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. The legislative building was completed in 1928 and is the 5th largest masonry dome in the world and the tallest in North America at 287 feet high. Learn how this building survived three earthquakes and how renovations made it an environmentally friendly historic structure.
2. Take the free DASH shuttle operated by Intercity Transit from the Capitol grounds to old historic downtown Olympia.
3. Visit Percival Landing a popular waterfront park and the center of activity in Olympia. It includes a great 0.9 mile boardwalk that stretches along the bay from the 4th Ave Bridge to Thurston Ave. This family-friendly park has a playground, picnic area and plenty of wide open spaces.
4. Check out the Hands On Children’s Museum located 5 block east of Percival Landing near East Bay Plaza. This 28,000 square foot museum encompasses hands on activities highlighting math, science, technology, engineering and art. This stop is a delight for the whole family. Check out the Going Wild Program, a 0.5 acre outdoor space where children can connect with nature.
5. Visit the Olympia Farmers Market located on N Capitol Way on the circle. Days and hours vary based on time of year, but this is a great way to enjoy distinctly Washington products. This farmers market includes all types of local foods, arts and crafts and live music. Learn more about Olympia’s farmers market here.
6. Take the scenic 1 ½ hour drive to Mount Rainier National Park. Once there you can hike and climb in the Grove of Patriarchs. Drive up the Road to Paradise to Paradise Lodge. Driving through the park you will see waterfalls, historic buildings and plenty of spots to pull off for a great view.
7. Take convenient public transportation to nearby Tacoma. You can catch the Intercity Bus 605 at Capitol and 11th. This one hour drive takes you to the Chihuly Bridge of Glass. This 500 foot bridge features the works of Dale Chihuly and connects you to the Museum of Glass and the Thea Foss Waterway.
8. While in Tacoma, stroll the Thea Foss Waterway Public Esplanade. From this park you can swim, fish, boat and view harbor seals.
9. Don’t leave Tacoma yet! Visit the Washington State History Museum. Operated by the Washington State Historical Society, this museum includes extensive exhibits on Washington state history and also hosts a number of events an special exhibits.
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