One of the best ways to entertain and tire out your kids is to go for a walk or hike. Our friends over at Exotic Hikes have a great ebook for hikes with kids. The Olympia Farmers’ Market is great and now open year round on Saturdays. Great for lunch after a walk on Percival Landing. Give the kids a taste of history and grandeur and tour the Capital Campus. No list of ideas would be complete without mentioning the amazing Hands On Children’s Museum or the WET Science Center. Other Places to look for ideas. Local blog Thurston Talk has a Thrifty Thurston writter who has a lot of similar and great suggestions for parents with kids. Check out their...Read More
Author: Olympia Concierge
To some the Maryhill Museum of Art will be much more than a Day Trip, however we have known people to travel further in a day and turn around and come back to Olympia. You could do this as part of a trip down to the Columbia River Gorge. This museum has to be one of the best kept secrets of the northwest. It is hidden away on a beautiful stretch of the Columbia River near Goldendale, WA. The first time we visited we were blown away by the quality of the exhibits. Most of all by the amount...Read More
Located in the top of Olympia’s Eastside neighborhood, Eastside Big Tom is iconic and the mainstay of the burger joints here in Olympia. A rare double-sided drive-through it also features an outdoor sitting area, some of which is well covered. The artwork is fantastic with the businesses’ mascot, “Big Tom”, dressed as a multitude of characters, from Bat Tom, Iron Tom, Seahawks Tom and a couple of dozen others. It is a great place to take the kids on a sunny warm day. If you do not eat at the picnic tables, Lion’s Park is at the other end of...Read More
Capital Lake sits in the shadow of the state capital building. Actually the Deschutes River and dammed to form a prettier foreground to the majestic capital campus, than the tidal mud flats that preceded it. The dam sits as part of the 5th Avenue bridge and includes a fish ladder to aid the salmon run in September each year. It does not seem to matter what time of year you visit the lake, there will be lots of people walking, running or strolling around the lake’s trail. Dogs being walked, couples on a first date, families burning off energy,...Read More
Percival Landing is the waterside extension to Heritage Park. You pass through the fountain and then cross 4th Avenue near the Oyster House and you are at the “top” of the landing. It takes a slow strolling half hour to get to the other end where the viewing tower is. Along the way are a number of pavilions, public restrooms and large field of grass and play equipment for the kids. During the summer the Percival Landing hosts many events from Harbor Days, to Music in the Park. It is just a few step away from the Olympia Farmers...Read More
What is Basecamp?
Olympia is your Basecamp to the surrounding area! It is the ideal place to base yourself for a few days while you explore the region. The Olympic National Park, Mount Rainier, Mount St Helens, the coast, even Seattle are all great day trips from Olympia.
Why not stay a week, one day traveling out of town and the the next staying in town and see a show, visit the Capital, wander Percival Landing, feel the vibe of the Farmers Market.