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).

Olympic Game Farm

Zebras, yaks and Kodiak bears aren't animals you'd expect to find on the Olympic Peninsula, but at the Olympic Game Farm you can get up-close-and-personal with all kinds of animals. Watch out for buffalo slobber! The Olympic Game Farm worked with Disney for many years, but now it provides a home for the descendants of those animal stars and a haven for “in need” wildlife. 

Your family can take a driving tour of the farm - and the animals will come up for a meet-and-greet with you. Some of the more curious critters will pop their heads through your car window hoping for a snack. The bears, while not free-ranging (for obvious reasons) like to wave to you. There's a petting farm, aquarium, duck pond and pheasant aviary. You'll also get a guided tour of the reptile house and historical studio barn (full of movie memorabilia).

Good to Know: The peacocks aren't an official part of the farm - they wandered in one day and made themselves at home. They're free to come and go as they please, but they sure seem to like it there. See if you can spot the beautiful albino peacock. Psst! You'll also see many wild rabbits who like to make their home at the farm. You can only feed the animals whole wheat bread - bring your own or buy some at the park for $2.

Off Season Tours: Only the drive through part of the park is open in the off season (mid-September through mid-May).

Olympic Game Farm
1423 Ward Rd.
Sequim, Wa 98382
Online: olygamefarm.com
Summer Hours: Sun.–Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Off Season Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cost: $14/Adults (15-54); $12/Youth (6-14); 5 & under Free; AAA or Military receive $1/person
Off Season: $12/Adults (15-54); $11/Youth (6-14); 5 & under Free; AAA or Military receive $1/person

photo: Helen Walker Green

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

— Helen Walker Green