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 in Tumwater city parks. From quiet neighborhood locations to bustling sporting competitions, explore Parks & Trails.
Historic District and Tumwater Falls
Or visit Tumwater Falls Park along the Deschutes River at the base of the falls, Tumwater’s namesake. A great place to watch the salmon run (late August through early October). Visit the Washington State Fish & Wildlife hatchery/catchment. The park is owned and operated by the Olympia Tumwater Foundation. Take a walking tour of Tumwater’s Historic District.
Visit the Crosby House in Tumwater's Historic District.
Places to Eat, Shop, Play and Stay
Visit the Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau’s website or www.visittumwater.com to find local restaurants, retail, entertainment and lodging options. Visit the Thurston County Chamber website for accommodations (lodging) and conference hosting options.
Arts & Entertainment
Looking for local arts and entertainment? Find options at www.visittumwater.com. 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.
Visit the Tumwater Farmers Market – June – October, Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the corner of Israel Road SW & 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
Screen on the Green
Christmas Tree Lighting Festival
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 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 and hours. Visit their website for more information or to watch the virtual tours.
The Schmidt House, is owned and operated by the Olympia Tumwater Foundation. The house is used for Tumwater’s historic programs and hosts private and public events. For hours of operation, rental information, and more, visit the Olympia Tumwater Foundation website.
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.
- 20 holes of championship golf
- Tranquil setting within the Deschutes River Valley without houses lining the fairways
- Fully stocked PGA Professional Shop
- PGA and LPGA member teaching professionals
- Ability to customize your tournament outing with our event services
- Custom scorecards and scoreboards
- Large putting green (great location for pre or post event contests)
- Chipping, pitching and practice bunker
- Enormous driving range tee (enough for even the largest event field)
- GPS enabled electric golf cars
- Newly remodeled River’s Edge restaurant
Visit the Tumwater Valley Golf Course website to book a tee online or learn more.
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