Last month we finally got to spend some time in our state’s capital city of Olympia, Washington. For years I’d been hoping explore this small city that’s just a little over an hour away from our home in Seattle. As cities in Washington go, Olympia is on the small side, but it’s full of fun (and educational!) opportunities for families and so much natural beauty that shined through even though the weather (typical early spring in Western Washington) was less than ideal.
Based on our recent weekend experience and in collaboration with the Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor and Convention Bureau, I put together a weekend itinerary + photo tour for families to get oriented with a quick snapshot of our capital city. Stay tuned as I dive deeper into some of our favorites in the coming weeks!
Olympia, WA with Kids-Weekend Itinerary
- Coffee and Breakfast Treats at one of Olympia’s many lovely local coffee houses. We recommend one of the Batdorf & Bronson Cafes or Olympia Coffee Roasting Co.
- Catch a daytime (10:30 am to 11 am) performance at the Olympia Family Theater.
- Take a quick self-guided tour of the Washington State Capitol Building.
- Lunch at 5th Avenue Sandwich Shop.
- Explore Downtown with possible stops at…
- Dinner at Fish Tale Brew Pub.
- Coffee and Breakfast Treats. Go back to the cafe you loved, or try another!
- Spend the rest of the morning at the Hands-on Children’s Museum.
- Lunch at the Hands-on Children’s Museum’s Play Day Cafe. Great grilled sandwich options for kids and adults with delicious and healthy side items.
- Continue exploring the museum after lunch or go visit one of Olympia’s magnificent parks. There are playgrounds or kid specific areas at each.
- Head home…or stay for dinner at Our Table.
Where to Stay:
We recommend the brand-new TownePlace Suites Olympia. All the rooms have separate living and sleeping areas, and have a fully equipped kitchen making it perfect for traveling families! Their continental breakfast also gave us a great start to our 2nd day in town, and we were appreciative of the variety of food items including waffles, eggs, breakfast cereals, and pastries.
The hotel is situated close to downtown and the capitol area, so we were able to walk to most of the activities and restaurants mentioned in our itinerary. Comfortable beds, so much space to spread out, and a friendly staff to steer us in the right direction as we navigated the city all made for such an enjoyable stay!
Have you visited Olympia, Washington? What is your favorite capital city?
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