- Our list of the best things to do in Olympia, Washington, features the top 112 nearby activities — including 45 great attractions with user approval ratings of 90% or more!
- Olympia, WA has a variety of great sights and experiences nearby. Top categories include: Outdoor Places, Entertainment & Shows, Museums & Galleries, and Amusement.
- The results below include the top 29 things to do within the city of Olympia, WA , followed by 83 popular activities in nearby cities, including Lacey, Lakewood, Gig Harbor, Centralia, Tacoma, Spanaway, Issaquah and University Place
This children's museum provides hands-on exhibits. There's a café to purchase food or eat items from home. Exhibits include an Art and Parts Studio, a Build It Gallery, Tides to Tree Climber, and a half acre outdoor area with, Driftwood Fort Construction, Campfire Pit, Children's Gardens and an Art Fence.
94% 406 votes
100 Brown Farm Rd, Olympia, WA 98516 MoreLess Info
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge visitor activities include wild life photography, limited hunting, limited boat access only fishing, self-guided and ranger lead tours, and wildlife viewing. Kids can also explore the Nature Explore Area or join the Junior Refuge Manager Program. The program is free.
The Washington State Capital building is surrounded by views, gardens, an arboretum, the Governor's Mansion, and the Justice Building. The buildings are full of architectural details and marble accents as well as sculptures. There are views of Capital Lake and the Puget Sound from the Capital grounds.
This farmer's market has music, crafts, fresh seafood, locally grown and organic fruit, berries, vegetables, meat, and dairy products. There are also packaged items like homemade salsa, herbs, and homemade jams. Fresh flowers are available in many varieties.
The park's natural terrain has steep ravines, streams and cliffs giving some areas of trail inclines that exceed 10%; steps and boardwalks are provided. The playground, first picnic shelter and restrooms are easily accessible. There are also basketball courts.
Percival Landing is a 3.38-acre waterfront park that sits on the east side of Budd Bay. It's a gathering place for festivals and public celebrations. It's a block from the farmer's market and has a .9 mile boardwalk to view the bay and Olympic Mountains.
79% 70 votes
State Route 121 to Tilley Road Southwest, Olympia, WA MoreLess Info
Spread over 842 acres, Millersylvania State Park is a very popular outdoor recreational site and camping park. In addition with the abundance of old-growth fir and cedar trees to enjoy, the park also has 3,300 feet of shoreline that runs along Deep Lake.
The WET Science Theatre offers an exhibit gallery that provides information on the conservation of water resources and reclaimed water use. The location also hosts family activities and features an interactive green screen.
Exhibits in this small aviation museum are hands-off even though they're not roped off, except for non-working aircraft that are outside. Those can be physically explored. Inside the hangar there are a variety of working aircraft on display. The museum can be rented for special events, and AAA discounts apply.