Things to Do in Spokane, WA

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Are you looking for something to do, but just can’t think of anything fun to do around Spokane? Lucky for you, we’ve been there, so we decided to put together a list of the best things to see and do in Spokane.

Spokane has scenic views, beautiful parks, fun indoor and outdoor activities, and plenty of walking trails. Whether you’ve lived here all your life or just moved here, we think we’ve come up with something for everyone! Here are some of our top 20+ things to do in Spokane, WA.

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Outdoor Things to Do in Spokane, WA

1) Manito Park and Botanical Gardens

In the historic Manito neighborhood, Manito is the perfect place to take your family, your significant other, or your flower-loving friend for photos and a stroll around Mirror Pond.

1702 S. Grand Blvd

Spokane, WA 99203

The photos below are from fall and summer, but Manito is truly gorgeous to visit year-round!

2) Riverside State Park

One can find ponderosa aplenty alongside buttes of basalt in the state’s second-largest state park. Sixty miles of winding, forested trails are just that close to downtown Spokane.

4427 N. Aubrey L. White Pkwy

Spokane, WA 99205

3) Riverfront Park

Not to be confused with Riverside State Park, Riverfront Park is right in the center of everything downtown. Riverfront boasts the Looff Carousel of 1909, Spokane Falls, the Pavilion (which hosts concerts!) and the SkyRide Gondola, not to mention miles of the Centennial Trail.

507 N. Howard St.

Spokane, WA 99201

4) Garbage Goat

Can you really say you’ve experienced Spokane if you haven’t visited the Garbage Goat? I would argue you cannot! Luckily, the Garbage Goat is downtown in Riverfront Park, so you can’t miss him – just looks for a line of people holding trash!

fun things to do at riverfront park
An example of the goat – make sure to check out this list of fun things around Riverfront Park, too!

Make sure you definitely add this photogenic goat to your list of ‘things to do in Spokane’ while you’re here visiting – or if you’re a recent transplant.

5) Mirabeau Point Park

This park offers beautiful views of waterfalls and a multi-sensory discovery playground for active and curious kids.

13500 Mirabeau Pkwy
Spokane Valley, WA 99216

6) Pavillion Park

Liberty Lake’s Pavillion Park hosts summer concerts and family fun, including Spokane’s Lilac Festival in mid-May.

727 N Molter Rd
Liberty Lake, WA 99019

7) Hiking Trails Around Spokane

Take a hike around Spokane! While you can certainly visit sites like AllTrails to learn about tougher, more challenging hikes, there’s something to be said for ‘easier’ hikes, too!

Some of our favorites include Bowl and Pitcher Loop, Iller Creek Trail and more. Check out our full list of hiking options here: Hiking in Spokane.

8) Have a Picnic Around Spokane

One of the best things to do in Spokane? Get outside and enjoy the weather (in the spring, summer and fall – maybe not winter, unless you’re skiing/snowboarding/snowshoeing. Learn more about winter in Spokane here!)

However, when the weather is nice, we love to visit local parks, including Riverfront Park, and bring a picnic basket and blanket. Especially at Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane, people watching in the summertime is the best!

9) Enjoy a Farmer’s Market

If you love farmers markets, you’re going to LOVE the summer season in Spokane! There is a farmers market almost every single day of the week in Spokane, including several on Saturdays.

Check out the video below to see which farmers markets around Spokane are our favorite, and for the full list of farmers markets around Spokane, visit our guide to Spokane County Farmers Markets.

Indoor Things to Do in Spokane, WA

10) Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture

It’s no surprise the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture is always on lists of ‘things to do in Spokane’. In Browne’s Addition neighborhood, find this Smithsonian-affiliated museum that showcases culture from the international to the local, including those from the Five Nations Tribes. Don’t miss the Campbell House, a “living history” home.

The MAC’s exhibitions are always rotating, and they’ve brought incredible sights from the clothing of Downton Abbey to Dreamworks Animation and more! Check out the MAC here.

11) Mobius Science Center

The science center is home to the Mobius Children’s Museum. Mobius frequently has events for the whole community (some are free but some require admission), so make sure to head over to the Mobius Science Center list of events for all the latest.

12) Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox

The Spokane Symphony Orchestra has its home at the historic theater, which was built in 1931 and, after closing for some years beginning in 2000, reopened in 2007.

1001 W Sprague Ave

Spokane, WA 99201

13) Gonzaga University

Come catch a basketball game, a campus tour, or grab a book in the Foley Center Library. The Jundt Art Center and Museum, the St. Aloysius Church, and the John J. Hemmingson Center, a  three-story building with an all-glass exterior and almost 4 acres of floor space are work a visit.

502 East Boone Avenue
Spokane, WA 99258-0102

14) Throw Some Hatchets!

Axe throwing, hatchet throwing – whatever you call it, it’s taking off in Spokane! From Heber Hatchers to Jumping Jackalope and more, this one-of-a-kind experience is unique and fun. The perfect way to enjoy a night out in Spokane!

15) Paint and Sip in Spokane

Want to feel like a professional artist among friends? Visit one of the many paint and sip locations around Spokane to paint beautiful images while drinking (alcoholic and non). You’ll be taught by a professional to ensure the best quality artwork, even if you’re the complete opposite of Picasso (or maybe if you’re exactly like him!)

16) GoKarts and DirtKarts

If you really want to get your adrenaline pumping, check out FastKarts or DirtKarts – two options in Spokane for fast paced fun! There, you can race gokarts or dirtkarts against family and friends – it also makes a great date night for those competitive couples!

17) Trampoline Parks

One of the best things to do in Spokane for families is definitely get out kids’ excess energy out at trampoline parks! There are several trampoline facilities around Spokane, and many offer opportunities to book time for parties, compete in Wipeout games, dodge lasers through the Lazer Maze and much more!

18) Escape Rooms in Spokane

There are several escape rooms all around Spokane and Spokane Valley, with varying levels of difficulty – and horror! During the Halloween season, several escape rooms offer haunted options, but there’s something for everyone year round!

Eating and Drinking Things to Do in Spokane, WA

19) Hitters Batting Cages

You don’t have to be a baseball or softball pro to visit Hitters! Hitters batting cages in Spokane are for people who want to hit the ball around while catching up around good drinks.

If you want to happen to improve your form and get better – well, that’s a bonus! Learn more about Hitters here.

20) Flatstick Pub

If you can’t decide what to do around Spokane or where to go, but know that you’d like to actually do something instead of ‘just’ eat, head to Flatstick Pub in downtown Spokane!

In addition to drinks and pizza, Flatstick Pub offers mini golf and duffleboard, getting you out of your seat, moving around, and enjoying your time spent with friends (or maybe a first date?!)

Learn more about Flatstick here.

Looking for date night ideas around Spokane?

  • 1898 Public House
  • Wiley’s Bistro
  • Gander & Ryegrass
  • Italia Trattoria
  • More date night ideas here!

21) Spokane Comedy Club

If the Spokane Comedy Club isn’t on your list for ‘things to do around Spokane’, you definitely need to add it! Spokane Comedy Club is a city staple, and has a variety of acts and activities going on all the time.

Visit a comedian, of course, but also check out the Comedy Club for trivia, local stand up, and so much more. Check out the Comedy Club’s calendar here.

22) Garland District

On this unique street, find many options for food and fun, including the Garland Sandwich Shoppe and Mary Lou’s Milk Bottle. In the summer, visit the Garland Farmers Market, where you’ll find fresh produce, locally made products and more. Check out our list of farmers markets around Spokane for more information!

23) Walk Around Spokane Neighborhoods

The best time of year to walk around Spokane neighborhoods? Let’s be upfront: it’s fall! Particularly in parts of Spokane with big trees (South Hill, Audubon, Peaceful Valley, Browne’s) and decent sidewalks, you can’t miss a walk around our neighborhoods in the fall.

Almost every single neighborhood has a delightful park with big old trees, but the ones listed above are virtually guaranteed to have every park in the neighborhood a dazzling shade of red, orange, or yellow – depending on when you go!

Pro-tip? Plenty of neighborhoods have coffee shops and bakeries tucked in between rows of houses, like Garland, South Hill, and Kendall Yards. Grab a coffee and a cookie and get outside!

What do you think of this list – agree, disagree, or think we should add something? Let us know on the Everyday Spokane Facebook page!

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