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Priest Point Park, Olympia

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.6/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web
Priest Point Park is a public park located in Olympia, Washington. Established in 1905, it was the city's first waterfront park, providing access to the Budd Inlet of Puget Sound.HistoryIn 1848 Catholic missionaries of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate led by Father Pascal Ricard arrived in the South Puget Sound area, claiming the site as St. Joseph's of New Market. Father Ricard and three other French Canadian priests built two or three simple buildings, including a classroom and chapel, along with an orchard and garden. They operated a school for Indian boys from the local Squaxin Island Tribe. The Nisqually, Puyallup and Snoqualmie used the mission as a trading post. The mission closed in 1860, three years after Pascal left.In 1905 the land became a city park after plans for a housing development fell through. Volunteers labored to clear trails, install landscaping and re-erect the elaborate two-story Swiss-style chalet donated by Leopold Schmidt of the Olympia Brewery. The building first served as the brewery's pavilion at the 1903-04 Lewis and Clark Exposition in Portland, Oregon, and remained at the park until the early 1950s.
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  • So beautiful and tranquil here. Many trails to adventure on. Viewpoints. Tree caves. Bathrooms, kitchen sheds, huge old trees, lots of shade. Playground for little kids big beach for dogs. Beware , br...  read more »
  • Very clean, well manicured. Landscaping is beautiful. Has a very relaxing, soothing, and calming affect on you. Bathrooms could have been cleaner. Could have more covered picnic tables. Play area well...  read more »
  • Lots of places to have picnics and cook outs. Nice trails thru the woods and on the beach. Plenty of restrooms and parking. The playground looks nice for the kids. We would go back for sure! 
  • Great park, especially nice on summer evenings as the sun goes behind the trees and you can enjoy a bit of shade on an otherwise hot day. The toys and swings are clean and well-maintained and great fun for the kids, and there is plenty of open space to run around. Paths around the park make an easy hike for all ages with some viewing spots to look out at the water.
  • Priest Point has trails, a ton of picnic space, a playground, and easy access to the water. It's a pretty popular place but it never feels overcrowded. It's great on hot days because of all the tree cover.
  • Several nice picnic areas including covered picnic areas. There is also a large field and playground area and a couple trails down to the water. We realized that the parking is quite limited in some areas if you are having a large group. Also it is a bit of a hike up to the bathrooms if you are down near the water.
  • We married here and 2weeks later attended a friend's wedding at the same spot..... the rose garden was wonderful and provided a great environment for our weddings and receptions... unforgettable.... the park also has some beautiful areas for pictures
  • Awesome place for the kids. Has a playground for ages 3+. It is a place where you gonna get dirty so bring extra everything, it gets muddy. They have bathrooms and places to rinse off. They also have picnic places
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