The 10 Best Things to Do in Lacey, United States

November 28, 2017 Jacquiline Darosa

Lacey is a city in Thurston County, Washington, United States. Established as a suburb of Olympia, its population was 42,393 at the 2010 census out of a county population of 252,264.
Restaurants in Lacey

1. Hands On Children's Museum

414 Jefferson St NE, Olympia, WA 98501-1124 +1 360-956-0818
Excellent
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5 based on 400 reviews

Hands On Children's Museum

Interactive exhibits teach children through activities.

Reviewed By RhendTsai - Los Angeles, California

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.

2. Hurricane Ridge

Olympic National Park, WA
Excellent
84%
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5 based on 1 reviews

Hurricane Ridge

A 17-mile stretch of winding road through dense forests and alpine ice-covered peaks.

Reviewed By SweetGum - Seattle

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.

3. Tumwater Falls Park

110 Deschutes Way SW, Tumwater, WA 98501-4072 +1 360-943-2550
Excellent
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Good
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4.5 based on 197 reviews

Tumwater Falls Park

Reviewed By Cavydad - Camarillo, California

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. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

100 Brown Farm Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98516-2302 +1 360-753-9467
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 488 reviews

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

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.

Reviewed By KendianaJones - Burien, WA

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.

5. Charlie's Safari

5400 Martin Way E Ste J, Lacey, WA 98516-6331 +1 360-292-1600
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4 based on 49 reviews

Charlie's Safari

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!

Reviewed By whalah97 - Oakville, Wa

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.

6. Lake Quinault

Olympic Peninsula, Quinault, WA
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 121 reviews

Lake Quinault

Reviewed By DoloresJacoby - West Palm Beach, Florida

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.

7. Washington State Capitol

416 Sid Snyder Ave SW, Olympia, WA 98501-1347 +1 360-725-3000
Excellent
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4.5 based on 395 reviews

Washington State Capitol

Reviewed By Joyce D - Olympia, Washington

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.

8. Woodland Creek Community Park

6729 Pacific Ave SE, Lacey, WA 98503-1350
Excellent
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5 based on 9 reviews

Woodland Creek Community Park

Reviewed By kwa829 - Redmond, Washington

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.

9. Farmers Market

700 Capitol Way S, Olympia, WA 98501-1208 +1 360-352-9096
Excellent
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 274 reviews

Farmers Market

Reviewed By 98501linda - Olympia, Washington

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.

10. Percival Landing

217 Thurston Ave NE, Olympia, WA 98501-1171
Excellent
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4.5 based on 198 reviews

Percival Landing

Reviewed By Andrew B - Olympia, Washington

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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