Things To Do In Olympia
If you’re looking for things to do in Olympia, you won’t have to go far to find some amazing activities. Although making a day trip up to Seattle on a weekend can be a fun option, there are also plenty of local destinations for you to explore.
Events in Olympia
Mark these annual Olympia events on your calendar. There is no end to the variety of events that Olympia hosts every year!
Olympia Old Time Festival – February 11-14
An awesome festival dedicated to old-time fiddle music in Olympia. Watch Anna and Elizabeth (2017 featured artists) perform in the video below to get a feel for what this lively festival brings to the area every spring.
Capital City Marathon – May 15th
Features a half-marathon, five mile and kids run. Olympian Jeff Galloway is coming to the event in May of 2017.
Olympic Air Show – June 18-19
Check out the awesome video by below David Lois Quinn that highlights this popular Olympia event. This is a great one for the whole family, especially those kids that are interested in new and old planes.
Olympia Brewfest – Aug 6th
Dozens of beers and around 30 breweries can be found at this event each year. Note: no minors or pets allowed.
Activities and Destinations in Olympia
One of the great things about Olympia is that it is located between the busy metropolitan Seattle-Tacoma area and the quieter and more scenic coast towns to the south. This makes Olympia a great hub for day trips, but there are also plenty of local things to do in Olympia that you should definitely check out.
One of the most recognizable landmarks in Washington State, it’s a manageable 1 1/2 hour drive to get to the west entrance to the park.
See detailed driving directions here: https://goo.gl/QMfMbX
Hands-On Children’s Museum
General admission prices are $12.95/person ages 2-64. Admission prices for 65+ are $10.95. The first Friday of every month is free admission from 5pm – 9pm.
Phone: (360) 956-0818
Washington State Capitol
Probably the most recongnizable feature of Olympia. The outline of the capitol building in Olympia has been sketched by mroe than a few artists, and many people make the trip to the capitol for official business, or to sit in on a legislative session.
If you want to visit the capitol building, a great place to start is with this handy guide from the Department of Enterprise Services: Visiting Washington’s State Capitol Guide
Priest Point Park
Priest Point Park is a favorite of locals, in spite of it’s rather odd name. The park was named for a Mission built by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in the mid 1800’s. The mission has closed down but the park is still a popular spot for tourists and residents alike.
Olympia Farmers Market
These organizers are serious about keeping it local and community oriented at this fun farmers market. A great way to meet your neighbors!
Find out more about the market by going here.
Nisqually Wildlife Refuge
This is truly something you can’t miss. Best viewed in the summer with the sun shining, this incredible wildlife refuge provides some amazing views of local wildlife and a unique way to experience the nature surrounding Olympia.
Olympic Flight Museum
Their website currently leaves a lot to be desired, but this is a cool location for anyone who is looking to learn more about aviation history in the area.
Mission Creek Nature Park
A cool nature park in the middle of Olympia.
See our full blog post with an overview of the park here.
There are so many things to do in Olympia that it would take a long time to write about them all. Below are a few resources for you to explore more about events, activities, and destinations in Olympia.
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