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Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park covers a large wilderness area with different habitats, from driftwood-covered beaches to mossy rain forests, glacier-covered mountains (snow on them year round) and groves of old-growth trees, some up to 1,000 years old. There’s plenty of hikes for kids in the park, and keep your eyes peeled for elk, deer, bald eagles, and fluffy white mountain goats.
Tip: Olympic National Park is quite spread out, so allow plenty of time to visit different areas when planning your visit.
Olympic National Park Photo Album
    Olympic National Park Visitor Center
    Hurricane Ridge
    Lake Crescent
    Sol Duc Valley
    Hoh Rain Forest
    Ruby Beach & Kalaloch
    Tips Olympic National Park with kids
family hotels olympic peninsula washington

Olympic National Park covers a big area, and you'll need a fun place to stay.

Here's our own Travel for Kids hand-picked list of family hotels, all styles and price ranges, both close to, and inside the national park:

Olympic Peninsula family hotels
kids books olympic national park
     
 

Find out about Olympic National Park – mountains, glaciers, lakes, rivers, rain forests, wildlife (Roosevelt elk, marmots, bald eagles, sea otters, whales), Native Americans and explorers, conservation and protecting the park. (Easy reader)

 

     
Olympic National Park
Audra Wallace

Explore Olympic NP with Ranger Red Fox – mossy rain forests, mighty mountains, miles of seashore, wonderful wildlife, mini-field guide, leaf tracker, map. Fun for younger kids. (Picture book)

 

 
     
Curious Kids Nature Guide  
Curious Kids Nature Guide
Fiona Cohen, Marni Fylling

Explore habitats of the Pacific Northwest – forests with giant trees and diverse wildlife, beaches and tide pools, freshwater ponds with beaver and salmon, changing seasons throughout the year. 100 fabulous illustrations of animals, plants, and fascinating facts. (Guide)

 

     
Salmon Creek
Annette LeBox, Karen Reczuch

On the Sol Duc River, every year coho salmon return to spawn. Beautifully illustrated story of a coho salmon egg that hatches in fall, swims down river to the ocean in the spring, and returns to the creek to lay her own eggs. (Picture book)

 

 
     
Who Pooped in the Park  
Who Pooped in the Park?
Gary D. Robson, Robert Rath

Follow the tracks and scat (poop) of animals that live in Olympic National Park – elk, mule deer, coyotes, brown bats, short-tailed weasels, spotted owls, raccoons, and black bears. (Picture book)

 

     

Exploring Pacific coast beaches of Olympic National Park, this waterproof fold-out guide is useful to identify shellfish, plants, marine mammals, shorebirds, coastal habitats. (Guide)

 

 
pacific northwest beachcomber
     
Best Easy Day Hikes Olympic National Park  

Guide to 31 easy hikes in Olympic National Park, ideal for families (most are less than 4 miles round trip). Maps, trail descriptions, trail difficulty, and what you'll see along the way. (Guidebook)

 

More children's books on other Olympic Peninsula pages
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