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  • Robert E
    Foster City, CA1 contribution
    Excellent hands on projects as well as physical activities for young children. Our 6 and 3 year olds were involved all afternoon.
    Written September 2, 2023
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  • Josh S
    2 contributions
    Beautiful place to walk, my family and I love it here. However parking a limited I recommend getting there early. And for a bonus check the tide charts before you go probably best to go when the tide is in.
    Written February 20, 2024
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  • Vinz
    New York City, NY85 contributions
    Olympia is the capital of Washinton State, Unlike Seattle, which is more popular with tourists, Olympia is a laid-back tourist destination. There are no malls, shops, or well-known restaurants, around the area but you will be spoiled with breathtaking views and magnificent architecture that surround this place. Washington State Capitol Building and Campus resemble what you will see in Washington DC but are less crowded.
    Written October 31, 2023
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  • Pistol Pete
    Medford, NJ102 contributions
    The prices were very reasonable for the quality of the crafts and produce. The butchers meats looked incredible!! Got some fish and chips at on of the many, diverse, food stands. Great place!
    Written August 5, 2023
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  • BLTurpin
    Shaker Heights, OH956 contributions
    Squaxin Park was recommended by a retired couple whom we met at North Point. Not knowing what to expect, and being extremely new to the area, we decided to take their recommendation and check it out. What a surprise!!

    The part is bisected by East Bay Drive Northeast. So, in order to see all of the park, be sure to traverse both parts.

    Picnic at the Samarkand Rose Garden (East Side). The shelter there is new, lovely, and well maintained. If the roses are blooming, as they were for us, even better! Restrooms are close by. Then, you can explore the trails on the east side. Be sure to look for the little waterfall grotto area.

    On the west side, you will find gorgeous trails. We walked to Ellis Cove. Note that this cove does not have beach access. If you want beach access, follow the trails to the "Beach Access" area. Please note that the trails have many steps, and there is quite a bit of climbing and descending. This is not a mountain hike but it is not an easy walk.

    We spent time wading in the beach area. Signs are posted warning about swimming, and also about the need to shower off after leaving the water Fishing, crabbing, and digging for clams is not allowed! However, from the beach area, one has glorious views of the capitol building across the water.

    Squaxin Park is one of the most beautiful city parks I have ever seen! It is heavily wooded and looks like something out of another world. Do not miss it!
    Written August 3, 2023
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  • J L
    2 contributions
    A well-kept and beautiful spot to wander on a nice day. You can see the mountains and all kinds of wildlife in the Sound.
    Written July 14, 2023
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  • akasukittravel
    Fort Lauderdale, FL134 contributions
    This is a must see if you love wildlife. The boardwalk is well kept and wheelchair and stroller accessible. We spotted eagles, seals and a bear on our last trip.
    Written August 21, 2023
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  • Kate
    5 contributions
    It has a quiet little loop trail and great little swimming spot at high tide. Come at low tide for clamming.
    Written August 21, 2023
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  • EllenChr
    Oslo, Norway2,437 contributions
    It taket you 30 min drive from Olympia but we thought it was worth it even though the park is a bit run down. There are a lot of things to see - some are quite fun as well. It’s a place where kids probably also would enjoy it as there were quite a few sculptures/installations which you can make sounds on. It’s free which is a plus as well.
    Written July 6, 2023
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  • XabierZ
    Olympia, WA8 contributions
    I visited in the late evening and saw hundreds of bats it was insane. They were flying out from under the bridge for about 30 minutes.
    Written April 3, 2021
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  • Mmarymomm
    Pleasanton, CA1,738 contributions
    We stopped here on our way to Olympia. There was a red barn which was the store and the cider processing area. We looked around the store at the apples which were much cheaper than in the grocery store and bought a container of apple cider and an apple turnover. There are little tables outside and we had our cider and turnover there. The cider was very good and the turnover was pretty good but could have used some more time in the oven. (See picture)
    Written September 23, 2019
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  • akasukittravel
    Fort Lauderdale, FL134 contributions
    Fabulous place to bring the little ones. Very unique and artsy stream for kids to splash and have fun. We love the sculptures in the creek.
    Written August 21, 2023
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