If you have plans to be in the Spokane Washington area, there are many things to do for people of all ages. The area is rich in history and throughout the year the historic Riverfront Park is host to several events including the 4th of July celebration, music festivals, and Native American PowWows. The park is free but there are several attractions within that do have fees like the SkyRide, miniature golf, and the movie theater. Here are just a few of the things you can do when visiting this region of the country.
1. River Rafting
The Riverside State Park has plenty of sights and sounds to keep you busy for the day. The wildlife includes bald eagles, osprey, and beavers. The river rafting is exciting for people of all ages. Don’t let the name Devil’s Toenail scare you, it is a class 3+ rapid that is thrilling yet safe enough for everyone to enjoy.
2. Riverfront Carousel
This historic carousel is over a hundred years old, and all the horses, chairs, tiger, and giraffe are all original. The ride is open all year long except for a few weeks in January for maintenance. This attraction is something the whole family will enjoy.
3. Street Art
If you are able to travel through the city with your rental car, be sure to take a look at all the beautiful street murals on the train passes or freeway walls. These pieces of art are often community projects, many done by professional artists in the area.
4. The Duncan Gardens
Constructed back in 1904, this 90 acre park is home to some of the most incredible flowers and gardens in the state. The attractions are free and include the Rose garden, the Perennials garden, the Lilac garden, the Japanese garden, and the duck pond. There are designated areas for children to play and fire pits and grills for families to enjoy a day outside barbecuing.
5. The Sculpture Walk
Riverfront Park is host to several unique sculptures that represent several key people who have either lived here or represent all this area is about. If you have anyone in the family who is into culture and art, this is one area they must see to appreciate.
6. The SkyRide
The SkyRide is a part of Spokane that you have to experience to truly appreciate. This unique ride takes up to six passengers inside an enclosed cabin where visitors can open the windows in order to take some amazing pictures. Once the cabin passes Spokane City Hall, it slowly drops 200 feet to Huntington Park. The SkyRide then takes passengers across the river and under the Monroe Street Bridge. The water is highest in the months from march to June and give the best all around views. Tickets for adults are $7.25, children are only $4.00 and must be accompanied by an adult to ride.
Check the city website for different festivals and shows that take place in the park different times of the year.