7 Fun Things to Do in Olympia this Spring Break

by Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Inc. on March 30, 2018

It’s spring! Finally, winter is over. The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and the kids are going to be home from school for a week. Spring Break for most school districts is right around the corner. Be prepared with a list of things to do and places to visit that will entertain the whole family. Here are seven fun things to do in Olympia this Spring Break.  

1. Visit The Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge


The Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge is the perfect place to bring your family if you’re looking to get outside. With a focus on wildlife conservation, you’ll learn so much about the animals, and the environment, of Olympia. The Nature Explore Area allows young kids to interact with nature, while the Junior Refuge Manager Program gives children fun activities to do while exploring the Refuge.

 

2. Check Out The Hands On Children’s Museum Camps


The Hands On Children’s Museum offers camps for children of all ages throughout spring break. Younger children partake in fairy tale stories and crafts, there’s a water play camp, and elementary-aged kids can learn about gardening and inventing. If you’re a member of the museum, you’ll receive a discount on the half-day and full-day camps.  

 

3. Jump Around At BoomShaka

BoomShaka is an indoor trampoline park. There’s over 10,000 square feet of trampolines, including angled wall trampolines, launching decks, and a few surprises on the ceiling. Play some extreme dodgeball or navigate the ninja obstacle course at this ultimate extreme air experience. You can purchase your flight tickets online.  

 

4. Hang Out At Priest Point Park

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At Priest Point Park you’ll find picnic areas and tables, nature trails, a playground, an area for basketball, and access to the beach. The park is full of things the whole family can explore. Don’t miss out on the Ellis Cove Trail, a mile of salty shoreline and views of Downtown Olympia and the State Capitol buildings.

 

5. Visit The Puget Sound Estuarium

Take a trip to the Puget Sound Estuarium, a marine life discovery center with aquariums, interactive activities, and interpretive exhibits. They’re teaching people of all ages about the uniqueness of this delicate yet animated atmosphere. Located downtown, the estuarium is open on weekends.

 

6. Spend The Day At Percival Landing

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Puget Sound’s Percival Landing is a 3.38-acre waterfront park on the east side of Budd Bay. The 0.9-mile boardwalk along the eastern shoreline of West Bay is a popular spot amongst locals. At Percival Landing, you can go for a boat ride, enjoy a picnic, take in some public art, or hang out at the playground with your little ones.

 

7. Drink Apple Cider At Lattin’s Country Cider Mill & Farm  

Lattin’s Country Cider Mill & Farm is famous for their delicious apple cider and apple fritters. It has won several national awards, even taking home first place at the North American Farmers Direct Marketing Association. Their fresh apple fritters are homemade using natural ingredients. You can wander around their flower and vegetable gardens and feed their animals.

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6 Breweries Every Olympia Local Needs To Try At Least Once

by Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Inc. on March 8, 2018

There are many breweries in and around Olympia, Washington, that locals love to frequent. Good food and great drinks, what more could you ask for? You may have a go-to spot in Olympia or you might be driving to nearby places like Tumwater or Lacey to get your favorite brew. Breweries have become so popular in recent years because people have realized beer tastes better when you’re getting it right from the source. These are 6 breweries every Olympia local needs to try at least once.

1. Fish Tale Brewpub

fish tale brewing Photo via Fish Brewing Facebook page

Olympia’s oldest brewpub, the Fish Tale Brewpub, has been open since 1993. As Fish Brewing Company’s flagship, this is where you’ll find the sought after Fish Tale Organic Ales, Spire Mountain Ciders, and Leavenworth Biers. The brewery moved to larger facilities across Jefferson Street and the pub that remained became a popular restaurant, offering 24 taps of beer and cider along with local meat, bread, and produce.

2. Three Magnets Brewing Company

three magnets brewing Photo via Three Magnets Brewing Company Facebook page

Downtown Olympia’s Three Magnets Brewing Company is a microbrewery featuring a full tap list and two restaurants. The ‘Woohoo! Double IPA’ has notes of apricot, pine, and tangerine. The ‘Islay Campfire’ was brewed with graham cracker, marshmallow, and chocolate flavors. There are weekly specials, including $4 pint nights on Tuesdays. Don’t miss out on the food either, it’s just as fun and eclectic as the beer. You can even get a club membership for extra perks.

3. Top Rung Brewing

Photo via Top Rung Brewing’s Website

The tap room at Top Rung Brewing is family-friendly, the patio is pet-friendly, there are games, and many food trucks to choose from during the week. You can also bring your own food, have it delivered, or enjoy some snacks and warm pretzels with your beer. Speaking of the beer, it’s made with creativity, hard work, dedication, and four primary ingredients including water, grain, hops, and yeast.

4. Hoh River Brewery

hoh river brewery Photo via Hoh River Brewing Facebook page

Hoh River Brewery is the oldest active brewery in Tumwater, although it was first licensed as a brewery in Olympia. Named after the Hoh Native American Tribe on the north coast of Washington, the brewery is proud of their state’s history. Their hand-crafted microbrews are made with 100% pure and natural ingredients. This father and son business makes for a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

5. Cascadia Brewing Co

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Family-friendly and dog-friendly Cascadia Brewing Co, located in Olympia, sells hops, grains, yeast, and all the equipment you would need to start brewing your own beer at home. They also have the supplies for winemaking and liquor distillation. Their brewery has a rotating selection of beers on tap brewed on site with attention to detail, and most of the time with organic ingredients. 

6. Matchless Brewing

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The taproom at Matchless Brewing in Tumwater has a dozen tap handles on rotation. You can bring your own food or choose between the food trucks on site. With live music and jazz nights happening weekly, you’re bound to have a good time at this hotspot. Their “Eastside Club Tavern Pale” is a pale ale brewed for Olympia’s Eastside Club. The “Hazy Expectations” is very citrusy and a little peppery. And the “2017 Matchless Bar” is a chocolate stout that was aged with vanilla beans and cocoa nibs.

 

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