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Nestled into the base of Puget Sound, Tumwater is the southern gateway to the Seattle/Tacoma metropolitan area. It’s just a little over an hour from the Pacific Ocean beaches, the Olympic Peninsula, and Mount Rainier with beautiful landscapes of prairie, river, estuary, and lush green trees. With its central location, Tumwater is a picturesque Northwest community with convenient access to arts, cultural and outdoor recreation.
Find play equipment, sports fields, picnic shelters, river access, and trails at Parks & Trails. Experience Tumwater parks in quiet neighborhood settings, bustling sporting fields, and everything in between.
Classes, Programs & Sports
Historic District and Tumwater Falls
Visit Tumwater Falls Park. Wander along the Deschutes River at the base of the falls, Tumwater’s namesake. It's a great place to watch the salmon run (late August through early October). See the Washington State Fish & Wildlife hatchery/catchment too. The park is owned and operated by the Olympia Tumwater Foundation.
The Crosby House is owned by the City and operated by the Daughters of the Pioneers. Located on Grant Street in Tumwater’s Historic District, the museum is open Fridays and Sundays, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., March through November. Please call (360) 866-9627 for more information.
The Schmidt House is owned and operated by the Olympia Tumwater Foundation. The house is used for historic programs and private and public events. For hours of operation and more information, visit the Olympia Tumwater Foundation website.
The Henderson House is owned by the City and is currently closed to the public. A historic preservation study is underway by a consultant to determine the best plan for renovation of the structure to help tell the Tumwater story. Learn more on the Henderson House Study webpage.
Arts & Entertainment
Visit the Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau website for a calendar and list of arts and entertainment options. Explore arts and culture in the community or head north to Seattle or south to Portland for an urban experience.
Olympic Flight Museum
The Olympic Flight Museum was established in 1998 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and flying of vintage aircraft. The museum is located at the Olympia Regional Airport, 7637-A Old Highway 99 SE, Tumwater, WA 98501. Call (360) 705-3925 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for museum programs.
Tumwater Timberland Library
The library offers regular cultural and educational events for children, teens, adults and families. The library is located at 7023 New Market Street, Tumwater, WA 98501.
Tumwater Farmers Market
Open May through September, Wednesdays,10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the corner of Israel Road SW and Capitol Boulevard SE, Tumwater. Visit their website for more information.
Events in Tumwater
Easter Egg Dash
Olympia Air Show
Independence Day Parade – Artesian Family Festival – Thunder Valley Fireworks
Tumwater Artesian Brewfest
Screen on the Green
Christmas Tree Lighting Festival
Tumwater Valley Golf Course
Tumwater Valley Golf Course
Tumwater Valley, a premier municipal golf course, offers 20 holes of championship caliber golf the entire family will enjoy; multiple tee boxes for all skill levels; an expansive practice area with a 35,800 square foot putting green, a chipping/pitching green and a practice bunker with varying degrees of difficulty. The 10-acre driving range features a grass teeing ground where you can always find room to work on your swing or warm up in one of the 10 stalls protected from the elements. While you're here, visit the Pro Shop and River’s Edge restaurant for great merchandise, entertainment and food.
Hiking, bicycling, fishing, boating, and many outdoor recreation opportunities are available. Take a leisurely stroll, rollerblade, get your aerobic exercise, or ride your bike.
- Tumwater City Parks
- Tumwater Falls Park
- Thurston County Parks
- Washington State Parks and Ocean Beaches
- Mount Rainier National Park (Cascade Range)
- Olympic National Park
- Capitol State Forest