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5 Things to Do During Olympia’s Rainy Days

5 Things to Do During Olympia’s Rainy Days

Olympia is more than just Washington’s capital city; the area has mild winters and pleasant summers, and it’s home to many historical attractions, an array of cuisines, and exciting events. Olympia also has its share of rainy days, too, but that won’t put a damper on your visit. There are so many things to do in Olympia on rainy days. Take a look at these fun activities!

1. Expand Your Knowledge

Hands On Children’s Museum combines education and entertainment to make learning about art, science, technology, and math fun! Built in 2012, the Hands On Children’s Museum has eight themed galleries and over 150 hands-on exhibits that are interactive and engaging. There’s even an adults-only event that takes place every few months where adults get to expand their mind, sip on a cocktail as they play their way through the museum after-hours! Visit the Hands On Children’s Museum Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or on a Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular admission is $13.95, and there’s special admission for some community members ー see here for details.

Another great stop is the Olympic Flight Museum, which showcases nostalgic remnants of Washington’s aviation heritage. The museum has a rotating display and an annual air show featuring its vast collection. The Olympic Flight Museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.), with adult admission set at $7 and kids at $5.

2. Take Advantage of Being in the Capital State of Washington

olympia state capitol

The Washington State Capitol Building is an excellent historical landmark to witness. Take a free 50-minute guided tour of the Legislative Building, allowing you to view chambers of the Washington State Legislature and offices of several elected officials. You can also wander the Campus and see memorials, gardens, and maybe some special events taking place on the grounds.

3. Brush Up on Your Olympia History

While you’re still on the grounds of State Capitol, check out the Washington State Governor’s Mansion which is located on the crest of Capitol Point and is surrounded by sloping lawns and trees. Here, you’ll get a panoramic view of the city of Olympia and catch a glimpse of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.

view of capitol from a distance

To see more historic homes, head over to the Bigelow House Museum to get a visual interpretation of Olympia’s history, showcasing the Carpenter-Gothic style of Bigelow House, one of the city’s oldest residences, and The Schmidt House, built in 1904 in honour of Olympia Brewing Company founder, Leopold F. Schmidt.

4. Sip and Savour Warm Beverages

Stay warm with Olympia Coffee Roasting Company’s fresh, natural espresso blends and other local coffee brews. Get a spooky-themed sip at Burial Grounds, a unique coffee shop with espresso and a great atmosphere that’s to die for. For sweet lovers there’s Encore Chocolates & Tea, offering over 350 gourmet chocolates and premium bulk teas in downtown Olympia.

many handings cheersing their coffee mugs

Those looking for a night cap to round out their evenings should stop by Dillinger’s Cocktails and Kitchen, Swing Wine Bar, or Three Magnets Brewing.

5. Enjoy Live Performances

Expand your entertainment options and attend live performances on a rainy day or evening. Your children can watch live festivals, daytime shows, or go on field trips at Olympia Family Theater. For the adults in your group, return to your grandparents’ heyday with the 1940’s Radio Hour and other timeless shows at Harlequin Productions, or catch a show at the Olympia Little Theatre which is the oldest live theater in Olympia. The shows are on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and begin promptly at 7:25pm and Sunday matinees begin at 1:55pm.

Where to Stay

The Governor, a Coast Hotel is a great place to cozy up after a rainy, adventure-filled day. Located in downtown Olympia and part of the Olympia Historic District, The Governor is a short walk or drive from the spots mentioned above. Plus, Olympia Farmers Market and Puget Sound Waterfront are a stroll away.

1-bedroom view in the Governor

During your stay, enjoy these top amenities:
● Free Wi-Fi
● Complimentary hot breakfast
● In-room refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker
● Gilchrist & Soames toiletries
● 24-hour coffee and tea service in the lobby

Book your stay now at The Governor and start planning your visit to Olympia, Washington!