Olympia is the capital of the U.S. state of Washington and the county seat of Thurston County. The city borders Lacey to the east and Tumwater to the south. Olympia is a major cultural center of the Puget Sound region.
Olympia has a wide array of public parks and nature conservation areas.
Olympia is a regional center for fine arts. A number of theatrical experiences are available with companies such as Animal Fire Theater, Olympia Family Theater, Theater Artists Olympia (TAO), Olympia Little Theater, and Harlequin Productions at the historic State Theater. Visual art venues include some of the local coffeehouses, Olympia Coffee Roasting Co., Batdorf & Bronson, Caffe Vita, and Obsidian in downtown. Notable art venues near Olympia include Art in Ecology, housed in Washington Department of Ecology’s 322,000-square-foot, three-story building on the campus of Saint Martin’s University.
Olympia’s main public school district is the Olympia School District. In addition to primary & secondary schools, Olympia has a number of institutions of higher learning, including The Evergreen State College, South Puget Sound Community College, and Saint Martin’s University.