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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.

Local Parks

Classes, Recreation Programs & Sports

Historic District and Tumwater Falls

Places to Eat, Shop, Play and Stay

Arts & Entertainment

Farmers Market

Events in Tumwater

Tumwater Valley Golf Course

Outdoor Adventures

Local Parks

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. 

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Classes, Programs & Sports

Find Classes, Programs & Sports sponsored by Tumwater Parks & Recreation. Browse through the seasonal catalog and register for a variety of special interest programs.

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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

Crosby House
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. 

Schmidt House
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.

Henderson House
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.

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Places to Eat, Shop, Play and Stay 

VisitTumwater.com
Visit the Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau’s website or www.VisitTumwater.com to find local restaurants, retail, entertainment and lodging options. 

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Arts & Entertainment

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.

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 info@olympicflightmuseum.com 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. 

Washington Center for the Performing Arts

Wolf Haven International

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Farmers Market

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.

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Events in Tumwater

Visit the City Calendar for City-sponsored events or visit the Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau website at VisitTumwater.com for a community calendar.

Earth Day
Easter Egg Dash
Olympia Air Show
Independence Day ParadeArtesian Family FestivalThunder Valley Fireworks
Tumwater Artesian Brewfest
Screen on the Green
Pumpkin Painting
Christmas Tree Lighting Festival

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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.

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Outdoor Adventures

Hiking, bicycling, fishing, boating, and many outdoor recreation opportunities are available. Take a leisurely stroll, rollerblade, get your aerobic exercise, or ride your bike.

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