Explore Olympia and Beyond

Something fantastic to explore in every direction.

Evergreen exists at a cultural crossroad. In one direction lies urban excitement. In another lies outdoor adventure. In yet another you’ll find many homegrown amenities.

As a student, you'll have easy access to oceans, mountains, rain forests and some of America’s hippest cities. Whatever your style, you’ll find it in and around Olympia.

Olympia at night.
View of Salmon Project from 5th Avenue in Olympia, WA.

In Olympia

Olympia Film Society

The Olympia Film Society at the Capitol Theater is a volunteer group of film lovers. The theater shows indie movies and hosts festivals, live music, and other special events. You’ll get a student discount on your admission, but you can also trade volunteer time for free tickets!

Olympia Farmers Market

Open year-round, the farmers market overflows with fresh organic produce, baked goods, meats, Olympia oysters, and more—all from local sources. You can eat lunch there and enjoy family entertainment, events and people-watching.

Arts Walk

Local artists team up with local businesses downtown to exhibit their latest masterpieces twice a year. The streets are closed to traffic while art, street performances, music and sales abound.

Local Parks

Olympia boasts over 900 acres of parkland—from small neighborhood nature trails to large, immersive forests and beaches. 

For more information, visit the City of Olympia’s list of parks and trails.

Want More?

Check out local Experience Olympia and Beyond to see what else is happening in and around town. 

Beyond Olympia

Day Trip Ideas

Seattle and Portland

Visit the fast-moving cities of the Pacific Northwest. Seattle is just 60 miles up the Puget Sound and Portland is about 100 miles south on I-5. Visit the cities of Cascadia and see what everybody’s talking about.

The Pacific Coast

Go surfing at Westport, ride go-carts at Ocean Shores, or visit the scenic northern Washington coastline near Ruby Beach and La Push, and if you’re lucky, you’ll see migrating whales swim by.

Skiing and Snowboarding

Want to hit the slopes or strap on some snowshoes? We've got lots of mountains that are accessible for day trips. Crystal Mountain, Washington’s largest ski resort, flanks the northeast corner of Mount Rainier National Park. The Summit at Snoqualmie, with four unique base areas and a huge variety of runs, offers snowboarding and nighttime skiing too! And the White Pass ski area is one of the state’s less crowded skiing and snowboarding destinations.

National Parks

Washington state has beautiful national parks, the Olympic National Park and Mount Rainier National Park to name just two. Find out more about the incredible, federally-protected parks within a few hours drive by visiting Washington National Parks.