Go on a banana slug safari in the Hoh Rainforest, paddle a boat on Lake Crescent, soak in Sol Duc Hot Springs or explore low tide at Dungeness Spit. The Olympic Peninsula is a wonderland of natural beauty and full of adventures any time of year. Read on for 10 ways the Olympic Peninsula rocks (vampires not included).

Sequim Lavender Festival

Everything's turning up lavender at the annual Sequim Lavender Festival. There's lots for families to enjoy including u-pick lavender fields, picnic spots, touch-a-tractor and a street fair. Not to mention all the lavender eats and drinks - be sure to stop by Nelson's Duckpond and Lavender Farm for Tilly's scrumptious lavender lemonade. She runs the stand at her parents' farm and gives the money to her school music program. You can sip your lemonade while watching ducks on the pond, and see if you can spot Norman the mud turtle.

Woof: Leashed-pets are welcome at the street fair and many farms with their well-behaved owners. See the Sequim website for details.

For Grownups: Purple Haze Daze is currently serving lavender margaritas and a lemon lavender champagne cocktail.

Sequim Lavender Festival
July 17-19, 2015
Sequim, Wa
Online: lavenderfestival.com or Map It
2015 Official Event Map

photo: Sequim Lavender Festival

What Olympic Peninsula adventures would you add to our list? Tell us in the Comments below.

— Helen Walker Green