Olympia Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Olympia; our list of the best things to see, including Banks Lake reservoir, Last Word Books and Washington Center For The Performing Arts.
  • The best place in Olympia: Banks Lake reservoir

    Banks Lake reservoir

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    Downtown food nearby
  • Last Word Books

    Last Word Books

    211 East 4th Ave.
    (Across from Harlequin theater and the Reef diner.), ☎ 360-786-word (9673). M-Th 10-8, Fri & Sat 10-10, Sun 10-6. A self-proclaimed "radical, independent bookstore" which deals almost exclusively in used-books, Last Word was started in 2002 by Evergreen College alumni. Crammed with every book you could want (other than current bestsellers, and romance novels) amid ambling, complex shelves which migrate every few months, it is difficult to imagine anywhere less reminiscent of Barnes & Noble. Chat with the cashier, attempt to pet the deaf (?) cat, and wander its weirdness. They also buy books for cash or trade.
  • Washington Center For The Performing Arts

    Washington Center For The Performing Arts

    512 Washington Street SE
    South Puget Sound's largest performing arts facility provides a wide variety of entertainment and cultural activities.
    Downtown restaurants nearby
  • Tea Lady

    Tea Lady

    430 Washington Street SE
    Tea shop & bar, offer over 700 teas from around the world.
  • Olympia Farmer's Market

    Olympia Farmer's Market

    North End of Capitol Way near the waterfront
    One of the largest in the state. The market's schedule is seasonal.
  • Bigelow House Museum

    Bigelow House Museum

    918 Glass Ave NE
    Summer Sa-Su 1-4PM. Donation. Olympia's oldest surviving home, built in 1850s when Washington was a territory. Oregon Trail Pioneers Daniel and Ann Elizabeth Bigelow were early advocates of women's voting rights, public education and the rule of law. Home to the same family until 2005, it contains original furnishings, photos and documents dating back 150+ years.
    Bigelow restaurants nearby
  • Crosby House Museum

    703 Deschutes Way N
  • Hands On Children's Museum

    106 11th Ave
    The Hands On Children's Museum stimulates curiosity, creativity and learning through fun, interactive exhibits and programs for children.
    Downtown eat nearby
  • Budd Bay Charters

    Olympia Harbor
    Budd Bay Charters provides boat tours of the Olympia harbor and beyond. Has 21' electric boats that tour the harbor or you can rent them. Also have tours on 38' Sailboat and 18' Runabout speed boat.
    Downtown restaurants nearby
  • Lemon Grass Restaurant

    212 4th Ave
    If you love Thai food, this is the place.
  • Fish Tale Brew Pub

    515 Jefferson Street SE, Olympia WA 98501
    Fish Brewing Company is a small, locally owned craft brewery producing truly authentic British-style organic ales and German style lagers for beer lovers.
  • Anthony's Homeport

    704 Columbia Street NW
    Upper scale fine dining.
  • Eastside Big Tom Drive Inn:

    2023 4th Ave E
    a Big Tom with the works. Milkshakes and crinkle fries are also excellent. Bring cash and a hearty appetite.
  • King Solomon's Reef

    212 4th Ave E
    is the quintessential Olympia dive-bar. Dark, tobacco-stained, with well drinks that bite back and bar food to match, The Reef is where the locals go after shows or just to hang out late at night. A good place to go absorb some drinks while avoiding Oly's meat-market scene. *Currently closed due to fire (Nov 2011)*
  • Old School Pizzeria

    108 Franklin St
    Very similar to Vic's. Movie posters line the walls of this restaurant.
  • The Urban Onion

    116 Legion Way
    A short walk from the Washington Center.
  • Vic's Pizzeria

    233 Division St Nw
    One of the most popular restaurants in Olympia with excellent and often unusual flavors of pizza. All of them are delicious.
  • The Mark

    407 Columbia Street SW
    The Mark is the only certified organic restaurant in Washington. Local ingredients are used when possible. Banquet facilities available. Hours are Th-Sa, 5PM – 1AM and M-W by private hire. Reservations recommended.
  • Pellegrino's Italian Kitchen

    Pellegrino's Italian Kitchen

    205 Cleveland Ave SE
  • Sushi House

    Sushi House

    2000 Black Lake Blvd SW
  • McMenamin's Spar Cafe

    McMenamin's Spar Cafe

    114 4th Ave. E.
    7AM - midnight (1AM F Sa). The oldest restaurant/bar in town, dating back to the 1930's. Great atmosphere, food and libations.
  • Falls Terrace Restaurant

    Falls Terrace Restaurant

    106 Deschutes Way SW
  • Starbucks

    520 Cleveland Ave SE
    We are the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world since 1971.
  • Oly Burger

    Oly Burger

    2125 Caton Way SW
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    South Westside
  • Office Bar And Grill

    2030 Mottman Rd SW
  • Uncork & Unwind

    324 Custer Way SW
    Our focus is serving Washington wines, beers and cheeses. We feature light appetizers, soup, salads and desserts.
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