Area Attractions

Area Attractions

The Hands On Children's Museum is located in vibrant downtown Olympia, the state capital. Mid-way between Seattle and Portland, Olympia is the perfect destination for a fabulous family getaway.

Visit the LOTT WET Science Center, which shares the East Bay Public Plaza with the museum, or wander around the stalls at the Farmers Market, enjoy the public art and marina along Olympia’s waterfront, or venture out to stay at the Great Wolf Lodge and splash in their indoor water park.

For more visitor information check out the family-friendly recommendations below, the City of Olympia, and Experience Olympia & Beyond.

Where to Play

Parks and Playgrounds in Olympia

Heritage Park Fountain
A popular gathering place containing an interactive fountain with 47 dancing spouts of water.

Percival Landing
Grab a treat at the Bayview Thriftway and walk the 1.5 mile boardwalk. Enjoy sweeping views of Budd Inlet and the Olympics, interpretive displays, public art, restaurants and picnic areas.

Port Plaza & Viewing Tower
Outdoor stage, viewing tower and public plaza.

Squaxin Park
Picnic areas, playground, interpretive trails, beachfront.

Yashiro Japanese Garden
Enjoy the tranquil beauty of this Asian inspired garden.

Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls Park
Picnic and play areas, trails along the falls.

Tumwater Historical Park
Playgrounds, picnic areas, river access, playing.

Burfoot Park
Just north of the City of Olympia, trails, beachfront.

Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Enjoy the unique ecosystem and diverse wildlife habitat of the Nisqually River Delta.

Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve
Interpretive trails, paved ADA accessible ½ mile loop.

Olympia Attractions

WET Science Center
A fun, hands-on place to learn all about water, next door to the Hands On Children’s Museum.

East Bay Plaza
Play in a vibrant open space, learn about the benefits of reclaimed water and the efforts of the LOTT Clean Water Alliance, in front of the Hands On Children’s Museum.

Olympia Farmers Market
Enjoy local produce, fresh fruit, artisan crafts, baked goods, meat & dairy, with several restaurants, all set to daily live music.

Puget Sound Estuarium
Explore animals and plants in their local estuaries, where freshwater and saltwater meet.

Tour the Capitol Campus
Take a guided tour, visit buildings, memorials, and artwork on the capitol campus.

The Washington Center for the Performing Arts
Catch a cultural event at the South Puget Sound’s beloved performing arts facility.

Olympia Family Theater
Experience live family theater, for all ages, including shows for kids age 0-5.

Apple Tree Productions
See live performances of popular plays, performed by kids for kids.

Wolf Haven International
Learn all about wolves, nationally recognized wolf sanctuary.

Great Wolf Lodge
Kid-friendly attractions, an indoor water park, and more.

Where to Eat

Restaurants in Olympia

Play Day Café
Hands On Children’s Museum Lobby

5th on 4th Sandwiches
926 4th Ave E, Olympia

Bread Peddler
222 Capitol Way N, Ste 103, Olympia

222 Market
222 Capitol Way N, Olympia

Sofie’s Scoops Gelato
222 Capitol Way N, Olympia
510 State Ave NE, Olympia (just a couple blocks away)

Budd Bay Cafe
525 Columbia St NW, Olympia

Old School Pizzeria
108 Franklin St NE, Olympia

Pizza Time
112 Jefferson St NE, Olympia

Cascadia Grill
200 4th Ave W, Olympia

Bayview Thriftway Deli
516 4th Avenue W, Olympia

Tugboat Annie’s
2100 W Bay Dr NW Slip 3

Meconi’s Sub Shop
1018 Capitol Way S, Olympia

Wagner’s European Bakery & Café
1013 Capitol Way S, Olympia

Downtown McDonalds
715 Plum St, Olympia

Jimmy John’s
901 Union Ave SE, Olympia

Where to Shop

Shopping in Olympia

Olympia Farmers Market
700 N Capitol Way, Olympia

Archibald Sisters
406 Capitol Way S, Olympia

Orca Books
315 5th Ave SE, Olympia

Browsers Books
107 Capitol Way N, Olympia

Captain Little
121 Fifth Ave, Olympia

Encore Chocolates & Teas
116 5th Ave SE, Olympia

Bittersweet Chocolates
203 Columbia St NW, Olympia

Danger Room Comics
201 W 4th Ave, Olympia

Traditions Fair Trade
300 Fifth Ave, Olympia

Where to Stay

Accommodations in the Olympia Area

DoubleTree by Hilton Olympia
415 Capitol Way N, Olympia

Hotel RL by Red Lion Hotel Olympia
2300 Evergreen Park Drive SW, Olympia

Red Lion Inn & Suites, Governor Hotel
621 S Capitol Way, Olympia

Hilton Garden Inn Olympia
2101 Henderson Park Lane SE, Olympia

TownePlace Suites Olympia
900 Capitol Way S, Olympia

Swantown Inn & Spa
1431 11th Ave SE, Olympia

Extended Stay America, Olympia/Tumwater
1675 Mottman Rd SW, Tumwater

La Quinta Inn & Suites, Tumwater/Olympia
4600 Capitol Blvd SE, Tumwater

Best Western Tumwater/Olympia Inn
5188 Capitol Blvd SE, Tumwater

Alderbrook Resort & Spa
10 E Alderbrook Dr, Union, WA

Great Wolf Lodge
20500 Old Highway 99 SW, Centralia

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