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Water exploration in Thurston County.

Well 80 makes the perfect spot for the whole family. Photo courtesy Experience Olympia

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It's all about the water in Thurston County! From local brews made with artesian well water to interactive educational exhibits, there is no lack of family-friendly activities in the Olympia area.

Well 80 Brewhouse, located on Fourth Ave. in Olympia,is built on the site of one of Olympia's famous artesian wells. Their Instagram hash tag #WELLMADEBEER says it all! Their Ales and Lagers are made in-house, utilizing the waters of downtown Olympia's Well #80 and you can't go wrong with any brew you choose. 

At this family-friendly brewery, adults can indulge in hand-tossed pizzas, burgers and sandwiches and kids can enjoy a dedicated menu of mac and cheese, grilled cheese, sandwiches, chicken bites and more. Well 80 is a great stop for the whole family.

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Before or after your visit to Well 80 Brewhouse, there is more water education to explore in Thurston County. Puget Sound Estuarium is a marine life discovery center featuring aquariums and interpretive exhibits. Open on the weekends from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. it's the perfect place to stop and explore Salish Sea education. 

You may also spot them outside the facility on local docks and beaches connecting people of all ages to Olympia's estuarine ecosystem. For more information visit here

Local beaches are other great opportunities to explore water. Priest Point Park is a 314-acre park with nearly two miles of saltwater shoreline and Tolmie State Park is a 105-acre marine day-use park with 1,800 feet of saltwater  shoreline on the Puget Sound.

The WET Science Center, a hands-on learning facility, is another great place to learn all about water. While currently closed to help stop the spread of COVID-19, they're still offering virtual science opportunities at home. To learn more visit,

Request your free visitor guide at for more information on Thurston County activities. 


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