Comfort Inn Lacey - Olympia
4700 Park Center Ave., N.E.
Lacey, WA 98516
Phone: (360) 456-6300
Fax: (360) 456-7423
About an hour and a half from Seattle, this 3,000-acre (1214-hectare) wildlife refuge plays host to an incredible number of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish, about 100 species in all. There are 7 miles (11.2 kilometers) of open trails, a fishing area, a new wheelchair-accessible boardwalk, and a visitor's center. A dike separates salt water from freshwater, so you can view a variety of habitats. In autumn, the bird population swells as migratory birds stop off to eat and rest before continuing south.
A monumental natural reserve site in the city of Olympia in Washington is the Woodard bay Natural Resources Conservation Area. The site was constructed and established in 1928. It occupies tremendous significance, and more so due to the fact that it served as a vital processing facility for the logging industry. At present, the site stands as an eloquent sanctuary for an array of birds, river otters, bald eagles, bats and much more. The site has also been listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.
Just south of Olympia, you will find one of the more remarkable animal habitats on the whole West Coast. This deceptively small patch of land plays host to a number of wounded and orphaned wolves. The facility nurses them back to health for release into the wild. The "Howl-In" is held Friday and Saturday evenings at 6:30pm during the summer. The show features storytelling, singing and a howling contest. Admission to the preserve is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors/military personnel/students and $6 for kids.
The Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is full of your favorite sea and land animals. From penguins to sharks and from peacocks to red wolfs, visitors can view the regions best underwater and land creatures. The kid's zone offers fun-filled exhibits including the ActionValley wherein kids can get involved in learning through play and entertainment. There is also the Contact Junction and Animal Avenue, where you can actually meet some animals and see them up-close and personal. Wheelchairs and strollers can be rented.
Designed by Dale Chihuly and Arthur Anderson, the Bridge of Glass is an overpass for pedestrians above Interstate 705. The bridge actually connects the Washington State History Museum with the Museum of Glass . The 500 feet long horizontal structure has a pair of crystal towers right in the center, which marks the halfway point of the bridge. Originally designed for showing the beauty of glass in its various forms, the functional value is also obvious; it acts as a connector between the two Washington landmarks.
Frontier Park is located between Graham and Puyallup and is equipped with a variety of resources, including equestrian facilities, two rustic "frontier lodges" for meetings, covered picnic areas, kite-flying and turf-playing areas and agricultural display areas. The park hosts many events, including the Little Wheels Race and the Pierce County Fair.