Thurston County

Welcome to Thurston County

Home of Washington’s state capital, open spaces, and acres of rural land


Approximately an hour east of the Pacific Ocean, discover the beauty and tranquility of Thurston County. Located southwest of Seattle and Tacoma, this lovely area encompasses Washington state’s capital city — Olympia — and other cities such as Tumwater, South Bay, and Lacey. While the neighborhoods surrounding the capital are bustling and energetic, there is a vast portion of the county that offers up a completely different environment. Rural and brimming with rustic charm, this area is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts.
Individuals seeking the height of privacy, seclusion, and natural beauty should seriously consider moving to Thurston County. Featuring winding country roads, breathtaking vistas, and ultra-private driveways, this locale is perfect for buyers who want to live in the middle of a wooded oasis. Alternatively, those who desire life closer to the city can find suitable communities and properties in and around Olympia.

What to Love

  • Home to Washington’s state capital, Olympia
  • City and rural neighborhoods
  • Private, secluded feel
  • Highly-rated schools
  • Open spaces for outdoor recreation


Local Lifestyle

Experience the best of both country and city living while residing in Thurston County. Wherever you choose to live, you’ll always be close to sprawling parks and nature preserves, as well as top conveniences. The northern side of the county is connected to multiple inlets, which feature several beaches, parks, and boat access. There are also select towns that offer waterfront homes — many of which feature the same rural feel as southern parts of Thurston County. Overall, this area is a spectacular place for anyone to reside.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Nearly all of the stores, restaurants, and businesses in Thurston County are located on the north side of the area (in and around Olympia).
Residents of Lacey have access to numerous shopping establishments, making daily life far easier. Surrounding the Hawks Prairie Village Mall, there is a multitude of regional and chain retailers to satisfy every want and need. Stores in this area include Petco, Best Buy, The Home Depot, WinCo Foods, and Costco. In Olympia, locals can be found shopping at The Olympia Farmers Market (open Saturdays between 10 am and 3 pm), as well as the Capitol Village Shopping Center.
Looking to try the best restaurants in Thurston County? You won’t have to venture far to find an exceptional selection of menu offerings. Popular eateries in the area include Mercato Ristorante, Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar, Dockside Bistro & Wine Bar, Cynara Restaurant & Lounge, Pithos Gyros, and many others.

Things to Do

Among all of its desirable qualities, one of the best aspects of Thurston County is its stunning parks, nature preserves, and spaces for outdoor recreation.
Take in the scenic beauty of the Pacific Northwest by frequenting any of the area’s top destinations. Highlights include Mima Falls, Wonderwood Park, Burfoot Park, Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls, Kenneydell Park, Capitol Lake Park, West Bay Park, Grass Lake Nature Reserve, Black Lake Meadows Reserve (a popular place for bird watching), and Capitol State Forest. 
In the city, there are even more ways to enjoy the local area during your free time. Plan a morning or afternoon to explore the hands-on WET Science Center, attend a performance at Olympia Family Theater, or browse the unique exhibits at the Olympia Pinball Museum.


Schools in Thurston County — especially those in Olympia — are top-rated at all grade levels.



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