Guidebook for Olympia

Brittany

Guidebook for Olympia

Drinks & Nightlife
24 beers on tap, plus cider, wine & kombucha! Most of it is from local breweries too!
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Northwest Beerwerks
420 Steele Street Southeast
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24 beers on tap, plus cider, wine & kombucha! Most of it is from local breweries too!
Great tap beer selection and bottle shop. Competent pizza. Excellent sunset views and relaxing atmosphere.
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Oly Taproom
312 Columbia Street Northwest
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Great tap beer selection and bottle shop. Competent pizza. Excellent sunset views and relaxing atmosphere.
Classic dive bar with a welcoming smile. Pool tables, beer and wine. Everyone is welcome; white collar, blue collar, no collar.
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Eastside Club Tavern
410 4th Avenue East
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Classic dive bar with a welcoming smile. Pool tables, beer and wine. Everyone is welcome; white collar, blue collar, no collar.
A wine bar & restaurant, set in a historic home overlooking Capital Lake. Patio seating is nice in summer. Good happy hour menu, gourmet food.
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Swing Wine Bar
825 Columbia Street Southwest
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A wine bar & restaurant, set in a historic home overlooking Capital Lake. Patio seating is nice in summer. Good happy hour menu, gourmet food.
Parks & Nature
Neighborhood park with children's play area, just a few blocks away.
Bigelow Park
1220 Bigelow Ave NE
Neighborhood park with children's play area, just a few blocks away.
Large & spectacularly forested waterfront city park with play toys, hiking trails, and picnic opportunities.
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Priest Point Park
2600 East Bay Drive Northeast
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Large & spectacularly forested waterfront city park with play toys, hiking trails, and picnic opportunities.
A green & lush 2 mile loop trail, along a creek fed by a nearby spring. Nice walk or trail run. Forget you're in the capital city & admire the plant world for a bit! Parking area is off Henderson Boulevard.
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Watershed Park
2500 Henderson Blvd SE
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A green & lush 2 mile loop trail, along a creek fed by a nearby spring. Nice walk or trail run. Forget you're in the capital city & admire the plant world for a bit! Parking area is off Henderson Boulevard.
A walk-through fountain "sprayground", great for cooling down adults and kiddos alike. Great view of the capitol building from here, and access to walk around the lake via the gravel walking path just to the south.
Heritage Park Fountain
330 5th Avenue Southwest
A walk-through fountain "sprayground", great for cooling down adults and kiddos alike. Great view of the capitol building from here, and access to walk around the lake via the gravel walking path just to the south.
Great playground for kids, tennis & basketball courts, and lots of lawn on which to lounge or roam. Public bathrooms too.
Lions Park
800 Wilson Street Southeast
Great playground for kids, tennis & basketball courts, and lots of lawn on which to lounge or roam. Public bathrooms too.
Wildlife preserve with a huge waterfowl population. 3 miles of boardwalk out onto the tide flats for viewing the estuary. There is a fee to park, payable at a kiosk at the parking lot. 15 minutes away.
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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
100 Brown Farm Road Northeast
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Wildlife preserve with a huge waterfowl population. 3 miles of boardwalk out onto the tide flats for viewing the estuary. There is a fee to park, payable at a kiosk at the parking lot. 15 minutes away.
3 miles of walking trails in lush forest, ending at an old train trestle which now serves as seal, bird & bat habitat. Bring binoculars of you have them! WA Discover Pass required to park & unfortunately you cannot pay for a pass on site. Alternatively, park at the Chehalis Western Trail parking lot for free & walk down the road to the Conservation Area.
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Woodard Bay Conservation Area
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3 miles of walking trails in lush forest, ending at an old train trestle which now serves as seal, bird & bat habitat. Bring binoculars of you have them! WA Discover Pass required to park & unfortunately you cannot pay for a pass on site. Alternatively, park at the Chehalis Western Trail parking lot for free & walk down the road to the Conservation Area.
This private park is free to the public & features a fish ladder (you can see the salmon in September-October!), and a 1.5 mile trail along the river with a view of the falls. You can extend your walk further to the north into Tumwater Historical Park and even further north along Capitol Lake's multi-use trail.
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Tumwater Falls Park
110 Deschutes Parkway Southwest
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This private park is free to the public & features a fish ladder (you can see the salmon in September-October!), and a 1.5 mile trail along the river with a view of the falls. You can extend your walk further to the north into Tumwater Historical Park and even further north along Capitol Lake's multi-use trail.
If the weather is clear, a day-trip to Paradise as Mount Rainier is a must-see. Views from the Visitor Center are spectacular, and even better if you hike the up to Panorama Point. If you're into hiking, Brittany will share her super-secret-special trail with you - just ask!
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Paradise
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If the weather is clear, a day-trip to Paradise as Mount Rainier is a must-see. Views from the Visitor Center are spectacular, and even better if you hike the up to Panorama Point. If you're into hiking, Brittany will share her super-secret-special trail with you - just ask!
One of the closest, easy trails in Olympic National Park. An easy, family friendly 2 mile loop trail along an aquamarine river.
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Staircase Rapids
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One of the closest, easy trails in Olympic National Park. An easy, family friendly 2 mile loop trail along an aquamarine river.
A steep, advanced hike for avid hikers. with breathtaking views into the Olympics. Only 1.25 hrs drive away. Great for fit & experienced hikers only. Snow-free only in summer. Check out a trail description & recent trip reports on the Washington Trails Association webpage.
Mount Ellinor Upper Trailhead
A steep, advanced hike for avid hikers. with breathtaking views into the Olympics. Only 1.25 hrs drive away. Great for fit & experienced hikers only. Snow-free only in summer. Check out a trail description & recent trip reports on the Washington Trails Association webpage.
A wooden pier walkway lines the most southern end of Budd Inlet downtown. Park at the Farmer's Market, then ascend the viewing tower & proceed all the way along the boardwalk to Bayview Thriftway & the 4th Ave Bridge.
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Percival Landing Park
217 Thurston Avenue Northwest
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A wooden pier walkway lines the most southern end of Budd Inlet downtown. Park at the Farmer's Market, then ascend the viewing tower & proceed all the way along the boardwalk to Bayview Thriftway & the 4th Ave Bridge.
Essentials
Lovely local grocer with excellent produce & gourmet food.
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Ralph's Thriftway
1908 4th Avenue East
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Lovely local grocer with excellent produce & gourmet food.
Natural, ethical, sustainable food. Specialty goods, bulk foods.
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Olympia Food Co-op
3111 Pacific Avenue Southeast
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Natural, ethical, sustainable food. Specialty goods, bulk foods.
Full service downtown waterfront grocery store with quality products. Get coffee or takeout in the deli, then head upstairs to the sitting area with a view!
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Bayview Thriftway
516 4th Avenue West
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Full service downtown waterfront grocery store with quality products. Get coffee or takeout in the deli, then head upstairs to the sitting area with a view!
Nearest drug store for personal needs.
Rite Aid
691 Sleater Kinney Rd SE
Nearest drug store for personal needs.
This amazing little hole-in-the-wall spice shop is an Olympia gem. You'd be excused for thinking you've stumbled into Harry Potter's "Diagon Alley." Browse hundreds of eclectic spices from around the world. Buy as little as a pinch for your favorite recipe or as much as a jar to take home! Ordering available online too.
Buck's Fifth Avenue Spice Shope
209 5th Ave SE
This amazing little hole-in-the-wall spice shop is an Olympia gem. You'd be excused for thinking you've stumbled into Harry Potter's "Diagon Alley." Browse hundreds of eclectic spices from around the world. Buy as little as a pinch for your favorite recipe or as much as a jar to take home! Ordering available online too.
Arts & Culture
Beautiful location for kids to explore science, art, and PNW culture.
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Hands On Children's Museum
414 Jefferson Street Northeast
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Beautiful location for kids to explore science, art, and PNW culture.
Our state capitol building is open to the public, and one of the grandest state capitol buildings in the US. The gift shop is great too! Free tours are available as well.
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Capitólio de Washington
416 Sid Snyder Ave SW
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Our state capitol building is open to the public, and one of the grandest state capitol buildings in the US. The gift shop is great too! Free tours are available as well.
Long-time locally owned art gallery. Visit the gallery & then take a walk along the boardwalk!
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Childhood's End Gallery LLC
222 4th Avenue West
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Long-time locally owned art gallery. Visit the gallery & then take a walk along the boardwalk!
Locally made, affordable artwork & handicrafts. Managed as a co-op by the artists whose work is displayed inside.
Gallery Boom
520 Adams St SE
Locally made, affordable artwork & handicrafts. Managed as a co-op by the artists whose work is displayed inside.
Getting Around
Olympia's city busses are now FREE! This is the downtown bus station. Direct link to Olympia Amtrak station. Connections to Seatac airport.
Intercity Transit
222 State Ave NE
Olympia's city busses are now FREE! This is the downtown bus station. Direct link to Olympia Amtrak station. Connections to Seatac airport.
Shopping
Olympia's original gift & curiosity shop. Hilarious trinkets, wacky hats, stockings, glasses & their own line of lotions & fragrances.
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Archibald Sisters
406 Capitol Way South
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Olympia's original gift & curiosity shop. Hilarious trinkets, wacky hats, stockings, glasses & their own line of lotions & fragrances.
Locally owned splurgy shop with the most adorable selection of housewares, gifts, paper products, & PNW inspired items.
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Compass Rose
416 Capitol Way South
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Locally owned splurgy shop with the most adorable selection of housewares, gifts, paper products, & PNW inspired items.
A neat fair trade market, and also a GF, vegan, vegetarian friendly cafe plus ice cream shop!
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New Traditions Fair Trade
300 5th Avenue Southwest
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A neat fair trade market, and also a GF, vegan, vegetarian friendly cafe plus ice cream shop!
Our spectacular market, with both fresh & preserved food, baked goods, handicrafts and a food court. Live music is fun for the kids too. Usually open Thurs-Sun 10-3 in summer, down to 1 day/week in winter. Check webpage for current hours. Take a walk along the boardwalk afterwards.
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The Olympia Farmers Market
700 Capitol Way North
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Our spectacular market, with both fresh & preserved food, baked goods, handicrafts and a food court. Live music is fun for the kids too. Usually open Thurs-Sun 10-3 in summer, down to 1 day/week in winter. Check webpage for current hours. Take a walk along the boardwalk afterwards.
The best fresh seafood for cooking at home. Or get a whole cooked dungeness crab & eat like a true local. Try the smoked salmon dip, my fave. Hit up the Wine Loft nextdoor to complete your meal.
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The Olympia Seafood Co
411 Columbia Street Northwest
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The best fresh seafood for cooking at home. Or get a whole cooked dungeness crab & eat like a true local. Try the smoked salmon dip, my fave. Hit up the Wine Loft nextdoor to complete your meal.
Entertainment & Activities
Kayak rentals & pub-style food. Great breakfast + kayak combo for a great price (call ahead for hours). See seals, herons & eagles in our harbor after a good meal.
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Tugboat Annie's
2100 West Bay Drive Northwest
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Kayak rentals & pub-style food. Great breakfast + kayak combo for a great price (call ahead for hours). See seals, herons & eagles in our harbor after a good meal.
Rent kayaks or stand-up paddleboards. A small convenience store & summer-only food window are a nice treat after a paddle. They often have fresh seafood for purchase.
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Boston Harbor Marina
312 73rd Avenue Northeast
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Rent kayaks or stand-up paddleboards. A small convenience store & summer-only food window are a nice treat after a paddle. They often have fresh seafood for purchase.
If you want to rent a powerboat to explore the Puget Sound, this is your place! Rent a ski boat, pontoon boat, fishing boat, or sailboat.
Zittel's Marina Inc
9144 Gallea Street Northeast
If you want to rent a powerboat to explore the Puget Sound, this is your place! Rent a ski boat, pontoon boat, fishing boat, or sailboat.