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Things to do in Olympia

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Olympia. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Olympia attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Olympia to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Olympia.

  • Batdorf & Bronson

    Just east of Capitol Lake Park, this downtown coffee shop is home to what many consider the best brew in the city. Now a small chain—which includes... More
  • Capitol Campus

    There’s no way to miss the Capitol Campus—you can see its regal, domed legislative building from almost everywhere in the city. Take a guided tour,... More
  • Harlequin Productions

    Harlequin Productions draws theatergoers to its unconventional shows here. More
  • Olympia Farmers Market

    Between April and December, beekeepers, artisans, and local organic farmers gather here to sell their wares. More
  • Procession of the Species

    Every Earth Day, the Procession of the Species parade, with participants colorfully dressed as birds, turtles, killer whales and more, weaves throu... More
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