Saturday, August 1, 2015

Sol Duc Hot Springs (Port Angeles)

Sol Duc Hot Springs Website

Address:
12076 Sol Duc-Hot Springs Road
Port Angeles, WA 98363

Description:
Three mineral heated circular pools and one (large) freshwater swimming pool located inside the Olympic National Forest (2015 Forest entry fee is $20 per vehicle for 7 days). There is an entry fee for the hot springs for those ages 4 and up, check website for current rates (2015 rates range from $9-$13.50 per person)

Note from Sarah: My kids absolutely love this place! There is definitely a sulfur smell, but it seems to fade the longer you are there. My kids love being able to warm up in the warm pools and then swim in the "cold pool." We love going camping at the Sol Duc Campground (although you can't make reservations, so you'll need to arrive early in the day or not on a weekend - 2015 rates are $20 per night. There are lots of mosquitoes (but that's a given with camping, right?) If camping is not your thing, there are plenty of other options of where to stay.
Also, we enjoyed hiking to Marymere Falls - for some other ideas of things to do in the area, go here.



Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Lake Wilderness (Maple Valley)

22500 SE 248th St 
Maple Valley, WA 98038

Google Review and map

Description: There are two entrances - the second one (on 224th Ave SE) leads you to a parking lot that is closer to the swimming area. There is a roped off swimming area, beach area and grass. Shade is limited, so you may want to bring an umbrella, etc. There are bathrooms, life guards on duty from 12-7pm (although you can go swimming before 12 just be aware life guards are not on duty), snack bar and boat rentals during the summer.




Monday, July 27, 2015

Stewart Heights Pool (Tacoma)

Stewart Heights Pool Website
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Address:
402 E 56th St.
Tacoma, WA 98404


Phone: (253) 573-2532

2015 Admission                        
Adult (Age 18 & Over)    
  • Full Session (12-5pm) $10    
  • Half/Evening Session  $8     
Youth (Age 5-17)    
  • Full Session (12-5pm) $8   
  • Half/Evening Session  $6        
Tot (Age 4 & Under)    
  • Free
Full Session: 12-5pm
Half Session: 2:30-5pm
Evening: 5:30-7:30pm (evening session is held weather permitting)

Description:
160 foot Water Slide, Lazy River, Zero-depth entry, Bubble Pool, Water Play Structure, Water Basketball, Tumble Buckets

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Kandle Pool (Tacoma)

Kandle Pool Website

5302 N. 26th St.
Tacoma, WA 98406

Phone: (253) 404-3920

2015 Admission                        
Adult (Age 18 & Over)    
  • Full Session (12-5pm) $10    
  • Half/Evening Session  $8     
Youth (Age 5-17)    
  • Full Session (12-5pm) $8   
  • Half/Evening Session  $6        
Tot (Age 4 & Under)    
  • Free
Full Session: 12-5pm
Half Session: 2:30-5pm
Evening: 5:30-7:30pm (evening session is held weather permitting)

Description:
The main attraction is the wave pool with gradual beach like entry. There is a large bucket that dumps water, a smaller pool (looks like a hot tub with bubbles in the middle, but the same temperature as the wave pool) and a kiddie area with buckets and sprayers. Complimentary life jackets available for use. Large grassy area with lawn chairs. Right outside the paid section is a nice playground and mini spray park. Parking can be hard to find on hot days. 





Burfoot Park (Olympia)

Burfoot Park Website


6927 Boston Harbor Rd NE
Olympia WA 98506

for more pictures and yelp reviews go here

Description:
When you first enter the parking lot there is a big grassy field with a playground. There are several picnic tables, a bathroom and three covered picnic shelters on the property. There are trails to explore and a trail down to the rocky beach. 



Flaming Geyser State Park (Auburn)

Flaming Geyser State Park website

23700 S.E. Flaming Geyser Road
Auburn, WA 98092



Flaming Geyser State Park is a 480-acre day-use park with more than three miles of freshwater shoreline on the Green River. The park's most unique feature is its geysers, methane seeps. The Green River is popular for rafting and other summer activities. There is an area for remote-control model-airplane flying.
Geyser Non-functional: The historic Flaming Geyser is no longer lit due to the depletion of its methane source.
**Discover Pass Required**

There is a remote-control, model-airplane flying area in the park.
Open lawns are available for softball and other lawn games.
October through December the Salmon Interpretive Trail and the walkway on the Flaming Geyser Bridge offer excellent opportunity to view wild salmon spawning areas.

Small playground, lots of picnic tables, trails, river access, and bathrooms.







Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Federation Forest State Park (Enumclaw)



Federation Forest State Park

49201 Highway 410 E. 

Enumclaw, WA 98022

Federation Forest State Park is a day-use natural area. There are two picnic shelters without electricity and five sheltered picnic tables. The upper picnic area has drinking fountains, a covered shelter, and restrooms with running water. Both are first come, first served.

Closed Winter October 1 - April 1


**Discover Pass Required**





 Note: When we went in May, 2015 the water down below was turned off. The kids had a blast throwing rocks in the river, exploring trails and enjoying the sun. It would be fun to go back when it is warmer and let the kids play in the water.



Saturday, June 28, 2014

Fort Worden (Port Townsend)

  • Fort Worden

  • Address: 
  • 200 Battery Way
  • Port Townsend, WA 98368

Phone: (360) 344-4400

**Discover Pass Required**

Activities
Visit the beach
The beach at Fort Worden is nice with clean sand.
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Explore the bunkers
They are quite big, so don't get lost and you may want to bring a flashlight or headlamp.

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Visit the Light House - Point Wilson Light House


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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Seattle Gum Wall (Seattle)

Address:
1428 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98101

Description:
The Market Theater Gum Wall is a local landmark in downtown Seattle in Post Alley under Pike Place Market. The Market Theater Gum Wall is a brick alleyway wall now covered in used chewing gum. Parts of the wall are covered several inches thick, 15 feet high for 50 feet


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Black River Blues Blueberry Picking (Rochester)

Black River Blues Website



Address:
17132 Moon Road Southwest
Rochester, WA 98579

Phone: (360) 273-3489

2013 Prices

Hand-Picked blueberries
$3.50 per pint, $21.00 half flat, $35.00 full flat.
*note- the berries are packed in a true old -fashioned pint container, not 1/2 pints which seem to be the standard these days. 
U-Pick Blueberries
Available for $2.00 per lb.
We provide buckets to pick in and package your berries for the ride home. All ages welcome, no pets please. Please call ahead to insure current availability and further information.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Bug Museum (Bremerton)

Bug Museum Website

Phone: (360) 373-7691

Address:
1118 Charleston Beach Road West
Bremerton, WA 98312

Hours: 10am - 5pm daily

Cost: FREE

Description:
This museum has a tarantula, stick bugs, African Praying Mantis, beetles, millipedes and much more. In addition to live bugs there are many preserved bugs to look at from all over the world. Also, a large nature store.


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Olympia's Artesian Well (Olympia)

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Olympia's Artesian Well Website
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Location:
415 4th Ave E
OlympiaWA 98501


Description:
This natural, free-flowing artesian well was originally constructed a century ago and continues to flow 10 gallons per minute to this day. Recently remodeled, it's a great place to stop, rest and refill as you explore downtown. 

WET Science Center (Olympia)

WET Science Center Website
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Address:
500 Adams St NE
Olympia, WA  98501

Phone: (360) 528-5742

Admission: FREE

Hours: 
Monday-Saturday 10 am to 4 pm

Description:

The WET Science Center has hands-on educational exhibits to learn about the water cycle, wastewater treatment processes, and the importance of water conservation. It is open to all age groups, and offers fun family activities every Saturday. For more information and upcoming activities be sure to check their website. 




Yashiro Japanese Garden (Olympia)

Yashiro Japanese Garden Website


Address:1010 Plum Street SE
Olympia, WA 98501

Description:
This .74 acre garden represents a joint effort of the Olympia-Yashiro Sister City Association and the City of Olympia. The garden is symbolic of the ties between Olympia and Yashiro, Japan. The park features picnic areas and public art. 
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Mima Mounds Trail (Olympia)

Mima Mounds Website
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Address:
Mima Mounds Natural Area
Olympia, WA 98512

Description:
Hike through a landscape that almost appears lunar (except for the vegetation of course). Weave in and out and even over a few of the hundreds of 4- to 6-foot mounds scattered across this Thurston County prairie. 


The Mima Mounds are exceptionally beautiful in April and May, when prairie flowers such as blue violet, buttercup, and camas paint them in dazzling colors.

***Discover Pass Required*** (no paying station at Mima Mounds-so make sure you get one a head of time)

Directions: 
Take I-5 (South from Olympia) 
Take Exit #95 (Littlerock-Maytown)
Drive west on Maytown Road SW through the small town of Littlerock to a ''T.'' Continue straight on Maytown Rd until you come to Waddell Creek Rd. 
Turn right on Waddell Creek Road and go about a about a mile to the entry road on left, which leads to the parking area and trail head. 

McLane Creek Nature Trail (Olympia)

McLane Creek Nature Trail Website

Address (aprroximately):
5044 Delphi Road Southwest
Olympia, WA



Description: 
Hikers of all ages, especially children, will love this easy loop, one of the finest nature trails in Western Washington. On good tread and boardwalk this trail takes you on an up-front and personal journey along McLane Creek and an adjacent beaver pond. Plenty of birds and critters will captivate you along the way.
Approximately 1.1 miles of mostly dry, flat trails with fun elevated boardwalk sections. 
Great salmon viewing. 

***Discover Pass Required***


Saturday, February 2, 2013

Snow Tubing/Sledding (Mount St. Helens)

Snow Sledding or Tubing near Mount St. Helens up towards Cold Water Lake

This is a winter activity (usually January or February) be sure to check snow levels before going.

Directions from Olympia, WA
take I-5 South
Exit 63 for WA-505 toward Winlock/Toledo
take a left and go straight through the city of Toledo
turn left at the "T" onto WA-504 E/Spirit Lake Memorial Hwy
follow signs up towards Mount St. Helens

look for a place to pull off and sled!
go here to see original map (can zoom in)


sledding spot pictured above is to the left just past the forest learning center when heading up toward Mount St. Helens or to the right just before the learning center when heading down. 

Note: no bathrooms (just use nature) could possibly check Hoffstadt Bluffs Visitor Center to see if open and if bathrooms are available (360) 274-5200.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Yauger Park (Olympia)

Yauger Park Website


Address:
530 Alta Street SW
Olympia, WA 98502


Park Features:

  • Picnic Areas
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Nature Trails
  • Playground
  • Athletic Fields
  • Running Track
  • Horseshoes 
  • Skate Court 
  • Restrooms
  • Concession Stand (Summer Only)
  • Community Garden   

Priest Point Park (Olympia)

Priest Point Park Website
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Address:
2600 E Bay Dr NE
OlympiaWA 98506



Park Features:
  • Picnic Areas
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Nature Trails
  • Playground
  • Basketball
  • Restrooms

Percival Landing Playground (Olympia)

Percival Landing Playground Website

Address:
325 Columbia St NW
Olympia, WA 98501

Description:
The playground includes eight swings, two rotating nets, climbing structures, a big grassy area and a bathroom.