If you find yourself living in or visiting Olympia, paying a visit to the Washington State Capitol Campus is an eye-opening experience for children and people of all ages. First, a little history: While officially incorporated in 1859, it is recorded that the area of Olympia was first visited by Europeans in 1792. In the mid 1800s, Olympia steadily grew as immigrants arrived on the Oregon Trail.
Now as a cultural center of the Puget Sound, Olympia has a lot to offer for activities, but a day can easily be spent checking out the Capitol Campus. A lot of the campus can be explored by walking around outside, but plenty of tours are offered of the inside of buildings as many are open to the public on most days (just be sure to check out hours and tour times before planning your day there).
The Legislative Building is the most recognizable of them all, and you can take a free tour of it in just an hour. It’s a great way to learn some history and fun facts about the building. Tours of the Governor’s Mansion are also free— it’s a wonderful part of Washington history and has been the home to our governors since 1909. Checking out the Temple of Justice (built in 1912) is also a must— it houses the Washington State Supreme Court and the State Law Library.