Tumwater Community Highlight

Just south of Olympia you will find the historic city of Tumwater, Washington.

Situated at the mouth of the Deschutes River, Tumwater prides itself on the high-quality drinking water it provides the locals, most famously utilized by Leopold Schmidt for the water in the beer produced by the iconic Olympia Brewery.

Seen from almost anywhere in the city, Tumwater Hill features various types of homes for sale, ranging from cozy apartments and condos to large single-family houses. Residents enjoy strolling through the various parks nearby, such as Tumwater Hill Park with its leisurely trail, Isabella Bush Park with its community farm and Overlook Park with its spectacular view of Mt. Rainier. South Puget Sound Community College sits on the northern base of Tumwater Hill, serving 6,000 students each year at the modern 125-acre campus.

Off-campus you will find the upcoming SPSCC Craft Brewing & Distilling facility, the first of many buildings in the Tumwater Craft District. In the near future, this site will be occupied by many new restaurants, retail, and even an outdoor amphitheater! Go next door to get a workout in at The Valley Athletic Club or play a round at the Tumwater Valley Golf Club.

Tumwater Hill

Tumwater Falls Park is a popular tourist destination, trailing on and around the Deschutes River, with beautiful views of waterfalls that flow into Capitol Lake. At the base of the falls is Tumwater Historical Park with a large new playground where young families can play and picnic near the water in a safe environment. Nearby sits the Schmidt House, built in 1904, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

At the west end of Tumwater, you will find one of the largest lakes in Thurston County, Black Lake. With home sizes ranging from 3-Bed / 2-Bath to larger waterfront homes perfect for outdoor entertainers, you’ll find many of the community members boating, swimming or fishing at the lake year-round. Neighborhoods around Black Lake are conveniently located near Black Lake Park, Blake Lake Elementary, and Black Hills High School, perfect for raising a young family.

The south end of Tumwater is filled with many middle-class home developments. The Preserve at Tumwater Place is the newest large development, with homes varying in size from 1,600-2,800 square feet. Just down the street from The Preserve is the Tumwater Warehouse District where you can grab your morning treat at 8 Arms Bakery, your dinner recipe from local grocer Spuds Produce Market, or a weekend drink at the family-friendly Matchless Brewing brewery, Triceratops Brewing Company, or Tart Cider.

Along the east side of Tumwater is local gem Pioneer Park, with three soccer fields, two softball fields, one baseball field, a large playground with covered picnic tables, many walking trails and a half-mile of river frontage, it’s a mecca for outdoor activities. Each corner of Tumwater provides locals with a wide variety of affordable living options while maintaining clean parks and easy access to the outdoors, making Tumwater a great place to live.

Tumwater Attractions

Spuds Produce Market in Tumwater


“Amazing selection of beer and ciders. I always find something new to try here. Also a perfect stop on the way home for essentials and a nice selection of seasonal produce fresh from Washington.”
-Google Review

Lemongrass Cafe in Tumwater


Lemongrass is a place where the chef and owner are constantly strive to bring you freshest, most flavorful, exotic, Thai, Chinese and Vietnamese dishes.

“I love this place! Nice people serving you, wonderful decor and ambiance. Get there just before or after the lunch hour to avoid the rush, not a lot of parking but it is well worth it. Any date would be impressed! There won’t be any leftovers to take home because I’m sure you will eat it all, at the table. Enjoy!”
-Google Review

The Brick on Trosper located in Tumwater, Wa


“Friendly neighborhood restaurant with capable and amiable staff. Good sandwiches, pizza, homemade soups and steak night every Wednesday. Bar is happy noisy place with lots of TVs and fair selection of beer and liquor.”
-Google Review

The Valley Athletic Club


“Great place to workout alone, with friends or family! Staff is wonderful and very helpful. More services than possible to list. Highly recommend for anyone looking for a great place to workout and enjoy the day.”
-Google Review

Columbus Park near Black Lake


A Private RV park & campground with seasonal swimming facilities & year-round fishing.

Pioneer Park in Tumwater


With a new picnic shelter thanks to a partnership with the JBLM 17th Fires Brigade, Pioneer Park is the perfect place to plan a sports tournament or family event. In addition to the shelter, Pioneer Park has one baseball field, two softball fields, three soccer fields, two sand volleyball courts, children’s play areas, restrooms, trails, and access to Deschutes River.

South Puget Sound Community College


South Puget Sound Community College is a public institution in Olympia, Washington. The school utilizes a quarter-based academic year. The highest degree offered at South Puget Sound Community College is an associate degree.
Students can earn degrees and certificates in 15 different fields. Popular programs include: Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Health Professions and Related Programs, and Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services.

A G West Black Hills High School


A.G. West Black Hills High School is a secondary school in Tumwater, Washington serving grades 9–12 in Thurston County. A part of the Tumwater School District, BHHS serves approximately 1000 students each year.

Tumwater High School


Tumwater High School is a secondary school in Tumwater, Washington serving grades 9–12 in Thurston County. It is one of two comprehensive high schools in the Tumwater School District.