The Best Things to Do in Spokane

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If you’re new to Spokane, or visiting Spokane to see if you’d like to move here, you’re probably wondering what are the best things to see and do in Spokane. Lucky for you, Spokane has scenic views, beautiful parks, independent bookstores, and plenty of walking trails (both with and without alcohol!). Here are some of our top 15 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!


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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, and the SkyRide Gondola, not to mention miles of the Centennial Trail.

507 N. Howard St.

Spokane, WA 99201

Riverfront during summer’s Pig Out in the Park festival, plus the SkyRide gondolas and Centennial Trail!


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#tbt to summertime and Pig Out in the Park! Our gorgeous Riverfront Park ❤️

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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! 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

Indoor Things to Do in Spokane, WA

7) 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.


Tuesday through Sunday: 10 AM – 5 PM

Third Thursday: 10 AM – 8 PM

Regular Admissions Prices

Adults (18+) are $10

Seniors (65+) are $8

College Students w/Valid ID are $8

Children/Students (6-17) are $5

Children 5 and under are FREE!

2316 W. 1st Ave.

Spokane, WA 99201

8) 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.

Lab Hours
Saturday 10 am – 2 pm
Sunday 11 am – 2 pm

331 N Post St

Spokane, WA 99201

9) 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

10) 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

11) The Davenport

This collection of four hotels includes the Davenport Hotel, which was built in 1914 and is worth a walk-through, if only for the peanut brittle in the gift shop.

10 S Post Street
Spokane, WA 99201

Eating and Drinking Things to Do in Spokane, WA

12) Atticus Coffee & Gifts

Whether its morning or afternoon, find the coffee (and maybe a house-baked cookie) at the back of this store and browse the selection of books and other items in the store’s front.

222 N Howard St
Spokane, Washington 99201

13) Frank’s Diner

A converted railroad car, this breakfast spot has a large selection of benedicts and an atmosphere that makes you feel right at home.

1516 West 2nd Ave.
Spokane, WA


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This wasn’t even all the food at Frank’s Diner, either! You’re missing: #pancakes #biscuits #englishmuffins and of course, ☕️☕️☕️!

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14) Garland District

On this unique street, find many options for food and fun, including the Garland Sandwich Shoppe and Mary Lou’s Milk Bottle.


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A rainy morning on Garland. Photographer: Bryan Varney

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15) Cork District

The District is focused in the urban core of downtown Spokane and features fifteen award-winning wineries within walking distance of one other. Whether or not you can get through all 15 in one afternoon is debatable, but it’s certainly a lot of fun!

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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