Area Attractions

Sussex and Olympia

There are many attractions in the area, so plan for the full experience when you visit. Here are just a few of the great things we have to offer in or near the City of Tenino! 


City Park
Enjoy a picnic in the park under the covered shelter, or throw down a blanket. Hike our trails or ride your bike on our paths. A day at our city park is definitely a good time!

Quarry Pool
Enjoy a unique swimming experience in the iconic Quarry Pool or if you aren't that adventurous check out the wading pool and splash pad.  

Great Wolf Lodge
This Washington family vacation resort in Grand Mound is an indoor water park. Inside it’s always 84 degrees, and you’ll never get rained out! You'll love the huge water fort tree house and over 56,000 square feet of pools and slides.

Millersylvania State Park
You’ll find old-growth cedar and fir trees as well as 3,300 feet of freshwater shoreline on Deep Lake. You'll enjoy camping, boating, swimming, hiking, and fishing at Millersylvania.

Offut Lake Resort & Lady of the Lake is a small family-owned campground and restaurant near Tenino, WA, 15 minutes south of Olympia. They host cabins, RV sites, a restaurant and bar, dock fishing and boat rentals. The General Store offers tackle, snacks and gifts. The resort lends itself to the tranquility of the lake by allowing electric motorboats only. The lake is open for fishing all year. The resort is open all 4 seasons. Come fishing for the day, plan a family weekend, a romantic getaway or stay longer to explore the many sights western Washington has to offer.

Monarch Sculpture Park is a nonprofit 5-acre contemporary sculpture park and a center for the arts.  Located in South Thurston County, Monarch Sculpture Park is walk in and bike in, with no vehicular access to the public on park grounds. There are several locations close by to park on the Chehalis Western Trail and walk the short distance to the park via the trail.

Sandstone Walking Tour
Welcome to Tenino and its sandstone legacy of quarries and buildings. In 1888, a large deposit of sandstone was found near Tenino. By the 1910's, quarries were operated by the Tenino Stone Company and the Hercules Sandstone Company. These companies supplied Tenino sandstone for buildings throughout the west from San Francisco, California to Vancouver, B.C., and from Aberdeen, Washington to Missoula, Montana. Like so many cities in the west, Tenino's commercial district was destroyed by fires. The 1905 fire destroyed a block on the south side of Sussex Avenue, and the 1917 fire the other side of the street. In rebuilding and using Tenino's own sandstone, the town was left with a unique legacy of its sandstone quarries.

Scatter Creek Wildlife Area
Lying in the lowlands of the Puget Sound Trough and surrounded by the Cascade Mountain Range to the east, the Willapa Hills to the southwest, and the Black Hills to the northwest, these 926 beautiful acres of land will astound you. Experience the wildlife as you enjoy fishing, hunting, and sightseeing.

Skookumchuck Wildlife Area
Skookumchuck is a wildlife habitat for a wide variety of species of animals, especially birds, fish, and amphibians as well as forage and cover for deer and elk. Located 11 miles northeast of Centralia and downstream from the Skookumchuck Dam in Thurston County, the 960-acre property not only contains forest habitats but also grassland, wetland, farmland, meadow, and orchard habitats.

Tenino Depot Museum and more details here
Tenino Depot Museum houses many local artifacts, including the original press used to make Depression Era "wood money". Features exhibits on Quarrying, Forestry, Farming, Native American History, Railroads, 1920's Dr's Office, Boomtown Tenino and surrounding communities.  Come see the 1930's one-room Ticknor Schoolhouse and the 1923 Great Northern Caboose.  

Wolf Haven International
Learn all about wolves and their ecosystem. Wolf Haven is a nationally recognized sanctuary for captive-born and displaced wolves. Please consider adopting a wolf to help provide the highest level of care for these great animals.

T90 Ranch Nestled in the rolling hills of the Violet Prairie in the quaint city of Tenino, is the iconic T90 Ranch. The Ranch is located just 7 miles off I-5 and is centrally located between Seattle and Portland. T90 Ranch’s easy access and modern-day equine amenities, combined with its 2-mile proximity to the local shops and restaurants in Tenino’s Downtown Historic District—all while surrounded by over 1,500 acres of unspoiled public lands with breathtaking views of Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens—make it the perfect destination for equine events, horse camping, and RV travelers looking to get off the beaten path.