Olympia, WA

Olympia is one of the top boating destinations in Washington. That’s because it is perfectly located on the southern edge of the Puget Sound which connects it to Seattle and Canada as well as being nestled in between some of the biggest lakes of the Pacific Northwest. For that reason, boating enthusiast come from all over the country to try their hand at a little sailing, fishing, exploring and more in the capital of America’s Evergreen State. Olympia is your gateway into the incredible outdoors of America’s northwest and is simply packed with many incredible activities where on a mountaintop, in a lake or downtown.

 

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Fifth Avenue

After some fun exploring Washington’s amazing forests, lakes and the nearby Pacific, you’ll probably ready for some good food. Fifth Avenue is one of the most popular streets in Olympia and offers you an eclectic sampling of the best of local and international cultures brought together. The downtown part of the street is home to twenty restaurants and incredible shops making it the perfect place for you to relax after your adventure.

Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Washington is home to one some of the densest forests and richest arrays of wildlife in all of North America. No place brings this to life better than the incredible Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. This stunning park sits just outside of Olympia and features over 200 different bird species who visit the estuary. Here you can enjoy a whole range of outdoor activities from kayaking and hiking and so much more!

Anthony’s Homeport Olympia

Anthony’s Homeport is a small regional chain based in Northwest. It’s one of the absolute local favorites and must-stop for any visitor to the region. It simply brings everything that makes Olympia special to the table From the freshest local catch of the day to wines made in the nearby valleys and select craft beers, it offers some amazing food at amazing prices. Be sure to check out the incredible “best of the season” deals.

Percival Landing Port

Olympia is a true waterfront town and if you plan on doing any boating here, you are likely going to end up taking your boat from Percival Landing Port. This beautiful marina is a combination of a scenic boardwalk that runs along the bay along with playground and picnic areas and conveniently located nearby some of the best restaurants in town. It’s the perfect place for you to enjoy before heading out on a boating adventure.

Tumwater Falls Park

If fishing is your sport then you’ll definitely want to Tumwater Falls Park. This fifteen-acre riverside park is located just outside of Olympia in the town of Tumwater. The park was constructed in 1962 and is packed with all kinds of activities whether you are looking to explore some of the trails into the forests or hook a fish. Whatever it is, you’ll be sure to find it there.

Explore the Olympic National Forest

It should come as no surprise that when you head to Olympia, you’ll be near one of the most beautiful nature reserves in the Pacific Northwest, Olympic National Forest. This incredible forest should be the first stop for any outdoorsman. Here you can roam from dense forests into deep canyons across numerous lakes and sail through Puget Sound. It is simply a stunning symphony of nature and features some of the best camping and cabins that can be found in Washington. If you are looking to really get away from it all, then the Olympic National Forest is the place to go.

Tugboat Annies

Tugboat Annies is a great place to bring kids or a big group of friends. The restaurant is so close to the water that it feels almost like an island. Its best feature is that it not only serves up great food, but that you can also rent kayaks there. It’s the perfect place to fuel up with a little food, go on an adventure and then head back to enjoy sunset. They have events every week including Irish Culture Wednesday where you can enjoy Irish music and cuisine.

Boaters Education Card

If you plan on boating in Washington, it’s important that you carry a Boaters Education Card. It’s Washington’s version of a boating license and is required if you plan on operating most kinds of motorized boats. The good news is that they are fairly easy to get and if you have a boating license from another state, it may also be valid so be sure to check before you head out. Likewise make sure you have an up to date fishing license, which you can apply for online or at one of the convenient locations in town or in the nearby national parks.

Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar

Like its sister cities of Seattle and San Francisco, Olympia is serving up some of the most incredible seafood you can find. Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar offers up the best of Puget Sound cuisine. Here you can sample local delicacies like oysters on the half-shell, chowders and so much more. Chelsea Farms is sat right along the water and is the perfect place for you to pull your boat into after a day of exploring out on the open seas.

Olympic National Forest

It should come as no surprise that when you head to Olympia, you’ll be near one of the most beautiful nature reserves in the Pacific Northwest, Olympic National Forest. This incredible forest should be the first stop for any outdoorsman. Here you can roam from dense forests into deep canyons across numerous lakes and sail through Puget Sound. It is simply a stunning symphony of nature and features some of the best camping and cabins that can be found in Washington. If you are looking to really get away from it all, then the Olympic National Forest is the place to go.

La Petite Maison

What makes Olympia so special is that you can be exploring the deep forests and canyons nearby and then head into town to enjoy some truly world-class food. La Petite Maison is a delightful French restaurant that has a warm, rustic setting and offers traditional French cuisine alongside and an incredible wine list featuring wines from Washington, California and around the world. Their Lobster Tarte is simply incredible and is served with a dazzling light hominy sauce.