It’s January and the state legislature is back in session. What better time to visit the city that governs the Evergreen State? Less than an hour and a half away in good traffic, Olympia is where you will find the state capitol building with its ornate marble rotunda and regal campus. Opt for a morning guided tour so the kids can learn more about these buildings and their architectural history and influence.
Wagner’s European Bakery & Cafe has been a popular lunch spot for all ages for several decades and is located just off campus. A stroll around all or part of the 2-mile Capitol Lake path, stopping at the lake’s interpretive center and playground along the way, is a great way to digest.
From there, head to the popular Hands on Children’s Museum to play the rest of the afternoon away. With more than 150 exhibits and a space for outdoor play, children will have plenty of opportunity to explore and use their imaginations.
Finally, take a guided tour with any of the docents from the Puget Sound Estuarium. From beach to bird walks, these knowledgeable experts will share a wealth of information about Puget Sound, its waterways and the marine ecosystem.