5 based on 400 reviews
Interactive exhibits teach children through activities.
My kids love it. They dont want to go home. We got there exactly at 11 am when they open the door. You can leave the property and come back again in the same day. There all so many things to do. The place its not huge huge but its a lot. The food was great at the cafe. It is small but pretty good and price reasonable.
5 based on 1 reviews
A 17-mile stretch of winding road through dense forests and alpine ice-covered peaks.
The first time I visited Hurricane Ridge was the day after I moved to Seattle, many years ago. It was August but cool and rainy at the visitors center in Port Angeles. Yet the weather station at the summit reported clear skies. Thus we starting climbing the mile-high, 17-mile road up to the top. Through clouds and rain. Then more clouds and rain. On and on. Suddenly, without warning, at the last big bend of the road approaching the summit, the clouds parted and I was struck dumb. I don't think I had ever seen anything so awesome or stunning--a complete semi-circle of glorious snow-capped peaks separated from the ridge by deep, green valleys far below. I have returned many times since, most recently this summer, and it is always a thrill. But I will never forget that first, magical time.
4.5 based on 197 reviews
Nice road trip rest stop. Not far from the highway and well worth the stop. Get out and walk along the waterfall that was made famous by Olympia beer. May the brewery Rest In Peace.
4.5 based on 488 reviews
Located on the Nisqually River Delta in Southern Puget Sound, this refuge consists of three thousand acres of salt and freshwater marshes, grasslands and mixed forest habitats that provide a resting and nesting area for a wide variety of migratory birds.
The Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge has an interesting history. For decades, a hand-dug dike kept the salt water out, allowing for large-scale farming on this land. Only recently was the dike removed and an elevated boardwalk installed. Read about the history at the Visitor’s Center.
There is a loop path from the Visitor’s Center that traverses wetlands and riparian forest. Including a couple of side trails to short viewpoints, the loop is about 1.5 miles. Near the far end of the loop are two historical barns from the farming era, and just beyond that is an elevated walkway that looks like a dike. You can follow it a half mile to the beginning of the elevated boardwalk, which extends another 1.1 miles over tidal flats to its end at Nisqually Reach. (A “reach” is where a river widens; in this case it is where the Nisqually River, originating from the Nisqually Glacier on Mt. Rainier, empties into Puget Sound.) The entire area is fantastic for birding. You can do the loop and the entire boardwalk in less than five miles.
Tip: Check the tides for Nisqually Reach before you go. The area of the walkway can be underwater, or mostly dry, depending on the tide.
4 based on 49 reviews
Charlie's Safari is a faith based family fun center offering arcade, laser tag, inflatables,indoor playground equipment and a great place to eat. It is a fabulous place for all ages to enjoy!
Brought my 7 year old here for her first day of mid spring break and at 1:00 pm it was nearly empty, a perfect time to come. Only thing is when she went down the large slide on the main playground it was way to fast, she hit the second slope and knocked the wind out of her. But the bounce houses where perfect.
4.5 based on 121 reviews
It's enjoyable to do the loop that drives around the entire lake from north shore to south shore and make stops along the way. One can see ancient and gigantic trees of Sitka spruce and cedar, rainforest, waterfalls, elk herds and beautiful glimpses of the lake. There are a couple of hotels and lodges to visit as well. Enjoy the drive, it's worth it.
4.5 based on 395 reviews
There are free guided tours daily from 10AM until 5PM which are very informative and answer questions regarding Washington history and the construction of this great building. The Governors Mansion is next door and they also offer free tours every Wednesday but reservations are required for the Mansion tours.
5 based on 9 reviews
We live in the Seattle area and were looking for a fun and convenient place to meet our friends from Portland, OR for an afternoon together, somewhere between our two fair cities, ideally at a place that would be appropriate for a teenage girl, two younger girls, adults, and a dog. This park was just the ticket. The park is about a 7-minute drive from Interstate 5. There are ample retail and restaurant options at that intersection.
I cannot really do a better job outlining the park's features than what is available on the City of Lacey website, where you can find a page of info about the park. But, I'll embellish a few points:
1. The park is very well maintained, with lush and vast expanses of well-manicured grass
2. It has a modern, inviting playground.
3. The 9-hole Disc golf course seemed quite popular (though not to the point of being overcrowded) and features a mix of open and forested holes.
4. The pond (Long's Pond) seemed a little muddy and murky, but it was the day after a heavy rain so maybe that's not typical.
5. Official rules call for dogs to be on-leash, but we did see a number of dogs off-leash, all seemingly with responsible owners and with the dogs not bothering anybody.
6. I did not see any "undesirables" lurking about. The place has a family-friendly vibe.
4.5 based on 274 reviews
Always great baked goods, fresh veggies and good choices. Love the flowers and plantings available in the spring! There is local music too. There are several restaurants close and a couple coffee places.
4.5 based on 198 reviews
Walk to the park after getting breakfast at the bread Peddler. A nice easy walk. My daughter love the play area she enjoyed seeing the boats and the water and the birds and running around with other little kids. It was an absolutely gorgeous day, no rain Blue Skies.
The boardwalk is fun for adults and dogs. The play area is great for the Younglings. Definitely a part of Olympia you don't want to miss.
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