Arts & Activities

Nestled in the prairie just beyond the foothills of Mount Rainier, the greater Yelm community is enriched by thriving Arts and Activities for all ages and interests. Yelm’s perfect climate and location are ideal for a host of activities. Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast, have a passion for golf, fishing, gardening, casinos, looking for interactive community events, or just want to idle in a beautiful countryside, this is the place to be. The exceptional recreational venues and attractions make this a great area to live or as a perfect getaway for the day or weekend. The emerging art community has developed an increasingly vibrant art scene among local art studios, arts and crafts shops, community theaters, and schools. The Timberland Regional Library in Yelm regularly hosts many programs for public participation. In addition, area restaurants are showcasing local artists, karaoke nights, and classes, all of which are contributing to a vibrant and sustainable art scene, now established as a core value of the community.


Priarie Lanes
202 E Yelm Ave E.
Yelm, WA 98597
(360) 458-2695


Red Wind Casino
12819 Yelm Highway Southeast
Olympia, WA 98513
(360) 412-5000

Community Theater

Standing Room Only Theater Company

Yelm, Wa. 98597
856-67-STAGE (78243) 

Farmers Market

Yelm Farmers Market
Sundays from end of May through October, 10am – 3pm
Nisqually Springs Farm, 17835 SR 507 (adjacent to Stewarts Meats), Yelm


Clearwood Lake
Located in the Bald Hills, lakeside residential community nestled in 900 forested acres.

Deschutes River
50-mile-long river empties into Puget Sound, popular for summer tubing.

Lake Lawrence
Spring-fed residential and fishing lake and a tributary of the Dechutes River.

Nisqually River
A 78-mile link between the summit of Mt. Rainier to the delta at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge in Puget Sound.


Gordon’s Garden Center
308 East Yelm Avenue, Yelm – (360) 458-2481

Jason’s Greenhouse Inc
1337 Bald Hill Road SE, Yelm – (360) 458-2412

Mom’s Green Thumb Nursery
4237 Bald Hill Road SE, Yelm – (360) 894-4731



Tahoma Valley Golf Course
15425 Mosman Ave SE, Yelm – (360)-458-3332

Health and Fitness

Anytime Fitness
1304 Yelm Ave. E., Yelm – (360) 400-3880

Prairie Soccer Club
P.O. Box 1901, Yelm – (360) 250-1809

Rainier Martial Arts
307 Center St., Rainier  

Yelm Gymnastics Center
307 Creek St. SE # C, Yelm – (360) 400-1988

Yelm Kenpo Karate
201 Yelm Ave. E., Yelm – (253) 241-1540


Movie Theatres

Yelm Cinemas
201 Prairie Park St., Yelm
Since 2000, 8-screen cineplex offering first-run features & independent films.



Yelm Historical Museum
Corner of 3rd &: McKenzie Streets, Yelm
Close ties to Mt. Rainier highlight this history-filled repository.



Yelm City Park and Splash Park
Donated by Chuck and Wilma Demich in 1950, this park hosts annual, special events.

Yelm Skatepark
Yelm teens in the early-1990’s raised funds for this then-landmark facility.

Cochrane Memorial Park
Land donated in 1983 by Lou and Mae E. Cochrane, recognized for unique reclaimed wastewater reuse.

Longmire Community Park
3 baseball fields, modern concesison/toilet building, walking trails, & playground.


Yelm-Tenino Trail
A 14.5 mile pedistrian/non-motorized bike trail connecting the communities of Yelm, Rainier, and Tenino, intersecting the 22-mile Chehalis Western Trail linking to Tumwater, Lacey, Olympia, and Woodard Bay Puget Sound.


Other Area Attractions

Mount Rainier National Park
Standing 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S.A. and spawns 6 major rivers. The park’s entrance is 45 miles from Yelm.

Millersylvania State Park
Created in 1935, an 842-acre camping park with gorgeous shoreline on Deep Lake.



Timberland Library
210 Prairie Park St SE, Yelm, WA, 98597
(360) 458-3374

In-Genius! Local Artisan Gallery & Boutique — Art for Everyone in the Heart of  Yelm
207 1st St. NE, Yelm, WA, 98597
(360) 999-9216

When you “shop small” at InGenius!, you’re supporting not only a locally owned brick and mortar art gallery and gift shop but also the small businesses of 24 local artisans and counting, from fine artists to musicians to makers of honey and soaps. There truly is something InGenius! for everyone. Classes to learn and be inspired; events to celebrate the arts; and a gallery and gift boutique to support those in our own community who make their passion for art pay their way in life, for the enjoyment of all.

This website is independently owned & operated & is not affiliated with the City of Yelm or Yelm Chamber of Commerce. Photographs courtesy of  Rory Siegel Photography & Fine Art.
Used with permission.

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Steve Klein
P.O. Box 1971
Yelm, WA 98597