Picture yourself walking your dog down a peaceful beach on a Tuesday evening or at the same beach on a Saturday afternoon, wiping ice cream off your kids’ faces. If these thoughts make you smile, Tolmie could be your state park. Set on a spit in a cove, Tolmie State Park is remarkably close to Olympia, Tacoma and the communities in between. Backed by a forest, the park’s main draw is the beach, with calm waters for pint-sized waders. The area is filled with families on summer weekends, but it can be quiet during the week, and its shaded trails provide more than 3 miles of hiking. Looking to dig up some dinner? Bring your muck boots and permits, check the tides and get out on the flats, because clamming is big here, as are crabbing and saltwater fishing. Use one of the park’s fire pits to make a fresh outdoor meal. Park features Tolmie State Park is a 105-acre marine day-use park with 1,800 feet of saltwater shoreline on Puget Sound. The park offers a variety of beach activities and an underwater park that contains an artificial reef built in cooperation with scuba divers. Tolmie also features a saltwater marsh and abundant wildlife. Discover Pass: A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to state parks for day use. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page.