The city of Olympia is the capital city of the state of Washington, on the west coast of the United States. There are plenty of reasons why you might be interested in visiting Olympia, both for business and pleasure. If you happen to visit during the summer months, however, you should definitely make the time to visit some of Olympia’s water activities.

If you like nature and the outdoors, you will love the Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area, a 5-mile stretch of waterfront along the Puget Sound. While you cannot swim on this stretch of beach, as it is home to several species of endangered waterfowl and other birds, river otters, and bats, there are plenty of trails to explore and a meeting area.

Looking for something a little more active and family-friendly? You have to check out the Great Mound Water Park at Great Wolf Lodge in Centralia. Designed with the whole family in mind, the slides range from mild to extreme. There’s no need to worry about the weather, as Great Mound is entirely indoors! If you have school age children traveling with you, consider a stay at the Great Wolf Lodge as well, as the entire resort from decor to dining is designed with the needs of children in mind.

Another water park in Olympia is Wild Waves, which recently celebrated its 35th anniversary. One attractive feature of the Wild Waves park is the ability to rent cabanas. This gives you a place to relax in the shade with relative privacy.

Finally, there is the Heritage Park Fountain, open every day except Wednesdays. The water in the Heritage Park Fountain is maintained for recreational use, meaning that children (and adults!) can run and splash in the fountain’s jets. Heritage Park also has picnic areas for socializing and relaxing.

Olympia may be a small city by most standards, but it has plenty to offer its visitors. If you are looking for summer fun in and around the water, Olympia will not disappoint.