Need a pick-me-up after the cold, dark days of winter? Break away from stress and routine and discover a destination that’s a little different—the Olympia region. Here, spring is in the air, and experiences are best shared. Bring your family and get ready to recharge, reconnect and create memories for the future. Leave your spring-cleaning checklist behind. Really.

Get back to nature.
Wander a playground of wetlands, wildlife and discovery at the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually Wildlife Refuge. Stroll miles of easy walking trails and boardwalks, and keep an eye out for feathered friends. Find out more ways to explore the Olympia region, from trails less traveled to waterside walks and nature loops well suited for little legs.

Let your spirit soar indoors.
The Hands On Children’s Museum takes playtime to a new level. Explore 28,000 square feet of space featuring 150 hands-on exhibits and eight themed galleries. Leave gravity at the door at Defy Olympia. This extreme sports haven features a grid of 60-plus trampolines including angled wall trampolines and launching pads. Or get a dose of 80-degree weather at Great Wolf Lodge. The mega indoor water park (and more) offers 56,000 square feet of liquid fun, from splash pools to plunging slides.

Hit a bike trail.


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The historic Chehalis Western Trail serves up a blend of rural and urban scenery and offers access to wetlands, forests, farmland and Puget Sound. Take a break along the way at the intersection of art and nature. The Monarch Sculpture Garden features more than 100 outdoor contemporary sculptures and multiple gardens spread across five acres.

Take a family field trip.
Learning is more fun with the whole crew. Get a rare, up-close look at majestic beasts at Wolf Haven International. The nationally recognized wolf refuge has rescued and provided forever homes for hundreds of displaced, captive-born animals. Book a guided visit, or plan ahead for a summer sleepover. Wolf Haven hosts four overnight events each summer (season opens March 15, reservations required). Discover the region’s rich rail history at the Tenino Train Depot Museum and imagine soaring at the Olympic Flight Museum.


Share your family fun.
Don’t keep the family fun all to yourselves. Tag your social posts #DecidedlyDifferent and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter (@Experience_Oly) and Instagram (@ExperienceOly).

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