Our locals have a saying, 'It's the water.' After an afternoon in one of the region's iconic swimming spots, you'll be saying it too! Take off your shoes and dive headfirst into one of our region’s lakes, beaches or indoor water parks. After you check out one, you'll keep coming back for more! Please travel responsibly.
Throughout the summer, and beyond, 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.
Millersylvania State Park
All it takes is a Discover Pass and a short, eight-ish-minute drive off I-5 before you've arrived in paradise. Beat the heat in Deep Lake at Millersylvania State Park. With two swimming beaches and miles of hiking and biking trails, it's easy to invest a whole afternoon (or more) unwinding. If boating is more your style, you can launch your own non-motorized watercraft from their boat launch or rent from their supply of kayaks, paddleboards or pedal boats. If you're looking to make your trip even more relaxed, check-in for a rental or pick up some lunch at Lakeside Grill and Boats (open daily during the summer).
Tolmie State Park
If saltwater is your jam, then Tolmie State Park (open from 8 a.m. to dusk in the summer) is the perfect spot to dip your toes in the Puget Sound. The waters are calm (perfect for adventurers of all ages), and there's marine wildlife aplenty. Make sure you check the local tide tables (high tide for more water, low tide for more beach) and bring along your Discover Pass. Once you've finished wading and playing around in the sand, consider a small trek through the Lacey Producer's District for a tasting or two.
Great Wolf Lodge
If you’re looking for watery fun no matter the weather, Great Wolf Lodge’s indoor water park is the perfect family destination. Not only can the kiddos slide into a bit of summer fun, but their Paw Pledge Program ensures that their team is committed to keeping guests safe and healthy during your stay. When it’s time to dry off, the Lodge offers a whole host of other amenities including kids activities, restaurants, day-spa, shopping and more.
Long Lake Park
Did you know that in the mid-1920s, Lacey, WA was a resort community famous for its plentiful lakes? Spend a few hours soaking up the rays at Long Lake Park, and you'll be a convert! Pack up the kids or get a gaggle of friends together for an afternoon picnic, a couple of rounds of BYOB (bring your own ball) sand volleyball or a much-needed swim. If you're not in the mood to pack up a picnic, you can always grab takeout from nearby MiSo or another Lacey eatery. The park is open from 7 a.m. to dark and is a short, ten-minute drive from I-5 exit 109. Parking is free!
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Don’t miss out on any of these easy to plan adventures. Check back monthly for new trip ideas and daycations (or staycation if you’re a local) and don’t forget to share! Tag your social posts #DecidedlyDifferent and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter (@Experience_Oly) and Instagram (@ExperienceOly).