Whether you currently live in Olympia or have an upcoming visit planned, this beautiful city has much to offer. Although the list is quite extensive, following are just a few options worth consideration.

1. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge – If you enjoy nature and the great outdoors, this wildlife refuge is perfect. There, you can gain an overall experience of the Puget Sound and Western Washington state. Along with well-crafted bridges you will discover all types of wildlife, especially bird species including falcons, eagles, hawks, and more. Just be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring your camera.

2. Nisqually Reach Nature Center – This nature center is another outstanding option. Since 1982, the nature center has been at the heart of estuarine environmental education. There, you will discover four incredible saltwater aquariums filled with species from South Puget Sound. The center also provides opportunities for field trips, laboratory exploration, and supplemental classroom time.

3. Lattin’s Country Cider Mill & Farm – Throughout the year, people of all ages visit this rustic farm. As a small family owned and operated business that first opened in 1976, you have the opportunity to walk around vegetable and flower gardens, feed a variety of animals, and enjoy freshly made apple fritters.

4. Fifth Avenue Bridge – This is no ordinary bridge but a place where children and adults can go to watch seals that hang out nearby to catch running salmon.

5. Washington State Capital Museum – To gain insight into Olympia and other Washington state cities, this museum is amazing. Located in the historic Lord Mansion, the museum has regional Native American history exhibits and more.

6. WET Science Center – For a one-of-a-kind experience, you will love visiting this center that attracts both adults and children. The staff is extremely helpful, there are many unique interactive displays, an art room, and a wonderful variety of themed activities.

7. Northwest Mountain Winery – For adults, taking a trip to this winery offers an exceptional experience. You can take a self or guided tour, enjoy wine tasting, or purchase your favorite spirits. However, Fire Pit Nights held on the second Saturday of each month from March through October offers the best time. In addition to wine, you have the chance to mingle and on occasion, enjoy live music.

8. Matter! Gallery – For something different, consider this gallery with its sustainable artwork. There, you can view some of the finest eco-art anywhere in the northwest.