Now that we’re in Phase 2 of the state’s pandemic recovery plan, what’s open? What can we get out and do in Thurston County?

Throughout the season, and as restrictions are lifted, our team will concoct monthly daycation itineraries. Let us take away the indecision and pressure of making plans and give you an easy option to enjoy ALL our region has to offer.

Generally, Phase 2 opens indoor dining and attractions with limited capacity. Continue to follow safe travel guidelines by wearing a face covering and keeping physically distant from others.

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With the doors to fun opening a bit wider, you can enjoy the following activities around the greater Olympia area in the weeks ahead. Tip: contact businesses before heading out to confirm hours, reservations and other requirements.

Chelsea Farms

Sit down to dinner

Local restaurants will appreciate the support no matter how you choose to experience their menu. If you’re comfortable doing so, meet friends for dinner at a place you’ve been meaning to try—or return to a longtime favorite.

One look at the Chelsea Farms menu will warm you up on chilly days with baked oysters, chowder and a burger with smoked onion jam. Curry Corner in Lacey will introduce you to Indian cuisine such as tandoori, curry dishes and seven ways to try lamb. For date night or a family meal, locals head to Pellegrino’s Italian Kitchen in Tumwater for breakfast, lunch or dinner. El Sarape has focused on fresh, healthy Mexican dishes since 1977. Find them in West Olympia and Lacey.

Tenino Depot Museum

Learn and play at a museum

Several local museums have reopened at limited capacity. Have you visited any of these lately?

The Tenino Depot Museum was built from the area’s prevalent sandstone in 1914. The building now showcases exhibits about Tenino’s wooden money, railroads, logging and other artifacts.

The Hands On Children’s Museum blends learning with a huge helping of play in more than 150 hands-on exhibits on two floors, plus the Outdoor Discovery Center. Reserve a two-hour session in advance.

The Puget Sound Estuarium offers a look under the surface of our local waterways. Explore our native waters through five aquarium tanks, microscopes, preserved specimens and more. Reservations are encouraged.

Arcade games are the historic exhibits at the Olympia Pinball Museum. Reserve time by the hour to play and reminisce over dozens of vintage pinball machines, plus some arcade games.

Tenino Yellow Bike Project

Enjoy the natural surroundings

Locals and visitors alike treasure Thurston County’s beautiful setting. Recreate responsibly at our parks, trails and open spaces. Choose a dry day and take a bike ride. The East Bay Trail along Swantown Marina is flat, the Chehalis Western Trail is wooded, and the Tenino Yellow Bicycle Project has two-wheelers you can borrow for free (even preschool video star Blippi was here!)

Keep your feet dry with a hike on the boardwalk at the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, or check out the waterfall at Deschutes Falls Park near Yelm.

Yelm Cinemas

Get back to the big screen

Yelm Cinemas welcomes you for current movies, comfortable recliners and unlimited popcorn. Physical distancing keeps guests safe in the lobby and theaters, and movie times are spread out to allow for fewer crowds and extra cleaning time.

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