Guidebook for Olympia

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Guidebook for Olympia

Sightseeing
Great one mile walking trail through rainforest like terrain.
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Watershed Park
2500 Henderson Blvd SE
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Great one mile walking trail through rainforest like terrain.
Wonderful place to stroll and birdwatch!
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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
100 Brown Farm Road Northeast
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Wonderful place to stroll and birdwatch!
Taking a walk around Capitol Lake is a must! Try it in the evening hours when the sun is going down and people are out and about!
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Capitol Lake
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Taking a walk around Capitol Lake is a must! Try it in the evening hours when the sun is going down and people are out and about!
In the month of October-November you will see salmon swimming upstream to spawn and die. Very educational, but smelly. It's actually off of Old Olympia Hwy.
Kennedy Creek Natural Area Preserve
In the month of October-November you will see salmon swimming upstream to spawn and die. Very educational, but smelly. It's actually off of Old Olympia Hwy.
If you are a long-distance runner/biker this is the trail for you. I'm told it goes for some eighty miles connecting several local communities. A bit tricky to find, so ask for directions.
Chehalis Western Trail
If you are a long-distance runner/biker this is the trail for you. I'm told it goes for some eighty miles connecting several local communities. A bit tricky to find, so ask for directions.
Food Scene
Best mochas in town!
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Batdorf & Bronson Coffeehouse
516 Capitol Way South
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Best mochas in town!
Breakfast AND a kayak around the Budd Inlet! See some harbor seals and running salmon!
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Tugboat Annie's
2100 West Bay Drive Northwest
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Breakfast AND a kayak around the Budd Inlet! See some harbor seals and running salmon!
Best dinner view! There's Anthony's main restaurant but this grill has the best view at sunset of the inlet and the Olympic mountains that can't be beat! Great food too!
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Anthony's Hearthfire Grill Olympia
1675 Marine Drive Northeast
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Best dinner view! There's Anthony's main restaurant but this grill has the best view at sunset of the inlet and the Olympic mountains that can't be beat! Great food too!
Best breakfast in town! European-inspired meals. Everything is good!
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The Bread Peddler
222 Capitol Way North
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Best breakfast in town! European-inspired meals. Everything is good!
Best lunch sandwiches in town! I've always been satisfied!
5th on 4th Sandwiches and More
926 4th Avenue East
Best lunch sandwiches in town! I've always been satisfied!
A chain but a damn good one! I love me a Five Guy burger!
Five Guys
1200 Cooper Point Rd SW
A chain but a damn good one! I love me a Five Guy burger!
Best Indian food in all of the South Sound. The lunch menu is tasty and inexpensive.
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Curry Corner
9408 Martin Way Southeast
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Best Indian food in all of the South Sound. The lunch menu is tasty and inexpensive.
Great coffee. Period.
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Olympia Coffee Roasting
2824 Capitol Boulevard South
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Great coffee. Period.
Best thin crust specialty pizza around! For those pizza connoisseurs!
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Vic's Pizzeria Wildwood
2822 Capitol Boulevard South
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Best thin crust specialty pizza around! For those pizza connoisseurs!
Best sustainable cafe around! For earthy types. Right next to Capitol Lake.
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New Traditions Fair Trade
300 5th Avenue Southwest
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Best sustainable cafe around! For earthy types. Right next to Capitol Lake.
Best Mexican Food in all the South Sound! Seriously. Large portions. Inexpensive.
Ramirez Mexican Store
5105 Capitol Blvd SE
Best Mexican Food in all the South Sound! Seriously. Large portions. Inexpensive.
Entertainment & Activities
Best educational place to let the kids run wild. A bit pricey though. There is a free faux-stream for the kids to play in during the summer.
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Hands On Children's Museum
414 Jefferson Street Northeast
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Best educational place to let the kids run wild. A bit pricey though. There is a free faux-stream for the kids to play in during the summer.
Best ice cream joint, hand's down!
Grandpa's Soda Fountain Ice Cream Shop
208 4th Ave W
Best ice cream joint, hand's down!
Kid entertainment. My kid's will play laser tag here ALL DAY LONG! It's next to Regal movie theatre in case you want to just drop them off.
Charlie's Safari
5400 Martin Way E
Kid entertainment. My kid's will play laser tag here ALL DAY LONG! It's next to Regal movie theatre in case you want to just drop them off.
The RAC has a great playground for kids, at least that's what my kids say. A bit out of the way, but if I'm in the area, I'll let stop in to let them play.
Regional Athletic Complex
The RAC has a great playground for kids, at least that's what my kids say. A bit out of the way, but if I'm in the area, I'll let stop in to let them play.
Drinks & Nightlife
3 Mags is the newest joint in town and always shows the latest sports event on their big screen tv, especially soccer! Great beer.
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Three Magnets Brewing Co.
600 Franklin Street Southeast
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3 Mags is the newest joint in town and always shows the latest sports event on their big screen tv, especially soccer! Great beer.
Best beer in town! Love the organic IPA! Good food too. The everyman locale!
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Fish Tale Brewpub
515 Jefferson Street Southeast
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Best beer in town! Love the organic IPA! Good food too. The everyman locale!
Revolving taps of Northwest beer! No food though. Boo. But it looks out onto Percival Park with a great playground, in case you want to feel like a deadbeat dad/mom and "watch" your kids from afar!
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Oly Taproom
312 Columbia Street Northwest
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Revolving taps of Northwest beer! No food though. Boo. But it looks out onto Percival Park with a great playground, in case you want to feel like a deadbeat dad/mom and "watch" your kids from afar!
To locals, it's referred to as the BroHo! So be cool and saddle up to this eclectic charmer! It's kinda the quintessential Oly spot. O-lee, not Ollie.
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The Brotherhood Lounge
119 Capitol Way North
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To locals, it's referred to as the BroHo! So be cool and saddle up to this eclectic charmer! It's kinda the quintessential Oly spot. O-lee, not Ollie.
Great place to shoot pool.
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Eastside Club Tavern
410 4th Avenue East
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Great place to shoot pool.
Arts & Culture
For those hard to find independent films set in the historic Capitol Theatre! Support independent cinema!
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Capitol Theater
206 5th Avenue Southeast
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For those hard to find independent films set in the historic Capitol Theatre! Support independent cinema!
If you want to see the latest Hollywood blockbuster this is the one. I only list them because if you sign up for their Regal Card on Tuesday's it's only $5 to see a movie all day! $2 popcorn too!
Regal Martin Village ScreenX & IMAX
5400 Martin Way East
If you want to see the latest Hollywood blockbuster this is the one. I only list them because if you sign up for their Regal Card on Tuesday's it's only $5 to see a movie all day! $2 popcorn too!
Best local bookstore!
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Orca Books
509 4th Ave E
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Best local bookstore!
The Squaxin Island museum is a nice little jaunt from Oly toward Shelton. Get off when you see the Little Creek Casino on the left. But turn right and follow the road until you see the sign.
Squaxin Island Tribal Center
140 SE Klah Che Min Dr
The Squaxin Island museum is a nice little jaunt from Oly toward Shelton. Get off when you see the Little Creek Casino on the left. But turn right and follow the road until you see the sign.
I like the spa here. Not much of a gambler.
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Little Creek Casino Resort
91 West State Route 108
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I like the spa here. Not much of a gambler.
Just listing this so you know it exists somewhat nearby.
Nisqually Red Wind Casino
12819 Yelm Highway Southeast
Just listing this so you know it exists somewhat nearby.
Small casino but expanding. They just added a hotel, but don't stay there, cause airBnB is way cooler, and cheaper! If you see John, the GM, tell him Jeff Barehand of Sky Bear Media sent you. ;)
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Lucky Eagle Casino & Hotel
12888 188th Ave SW
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Small casino but expanding. They just added a hotel, but don't stay there, cause airBnB is way cooler, and cheaper! If you see John, the GM, tell him Jeff Barehand of Sky Bear Media sent you. ;)
Everything Else
It's close by!
US Post Office
520 Cleveland Ave SE
It's close by!
Shopping
I don't know about you but our family exists on Costco! From a gallon of ketchup to free samples to $1.50 hotdog combos, it's a great place!
Costco Wholesale
I don't know about you but our family exists on Costco! From a gallon of ketchup to free samples to $1.50 hotdog combos, it's a great place!
Good place to do some work and sip coffee and really see Oly's underbelly.
Caffé Vita Coffee
124 4th Avenue East
Good place to do some work and sip coffee and really see Oly's underbelly.