Landmark in Olympia

Washington State Capitol

Olympia's capitol complex is set in a 30-acre park overlooking Capitol Lake with the Olympic Mountains glistening in the background. The campus' crowning glory is the magnificent Legislative Building. Completed in 1…
Museum in Olympia

Hands On Children's Museum

This $9-million facility is the ne plus ultra of interactive fun for kids. Highlights include a climbable eagle's nest – a slide tumbles down from here to the Puget Sound interpretative area, where there's an underw…
Park in Olympia

Percival Landing Park

When Olympia was founded, its narrow harbor was a mudflat during low tides, but after years of dredging, a workable harbor was established. This park is essentially a boardwalk that overlooks the assembled pleasure …
Waterfall in Olympia

Tumwater Falls Park

Paralleling I-5 near the turn-off to US 101, 15 acres of park trails follow the Deschutes River from the abandoned 1906 Olympic Brewery brick building up to the same brewery's mid-century location, the 82ft falls, f…
Museum in Olympia

State Capital Museum

This premier museum is housed in the 1920s Lord Mansion, a few blocks south of the campus, and preserves the general history of Washington State from the Nisqually tribe to the present day. At the time of research i…
Park in Olympia

Priest Point Park

Many Olympians cite this as their favorite park, for the nature trails that lead to Bud Inlet on Puget Sound, the many shore birds, the rose garden, and the playground with views of downtown and the Capitol Building…
Market in Olympia

Olympia Farmers Market

Second only to Seattle's Pike Place in size and character, Olympia's local market is a great place to shop for organic herbs, vegetables, flowers, baked goods and the famous specialty: oysters.