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One of the main entertainment hubs in Spokane, Riverfront Park provides great family entertainment while still having enough secluded spots for someone who just wants to enjoy nature. Many attractions and landmarks reside within the park, including the Looff Carousel and the historic Clock Tower. Many of the city's popular family festivals take place here, especially in the summer, so make sure to check out their website for a calendar of events as well as hours of operation for all attractions.
Take leisurely strolls in the park, soak in the summer sun or simply take in some fresh air at the Huntington Park. Frequented mostly by the locals, the Huntington Park, though hidden away from the tourist trail, is quite a gorgeous spot. Patrons can enjoy great views of the Spokane River as well as the falls from the Huntington Park itself. Not only does the scenic location make for some great photo-ops, but the park is also a great place to spend some time if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
Manito Park in Spokane is found the scenic South Hill region. The park is home to a duck pond, conservatory and five beautiful gardens visited by countless visitors ever years. Some areas of the park are remain as hinterland. The landscape is dominated by cliffs and rocks in areas which are not completely developed. Sledding remains a popular activity during winters when lower Manito's hills are covered with grass. Visitors can also spend a relaxing time exploring the park's topiary shrubs and manicured lawns or embark on a pleasant walking or a biking trail.
One of the most beautiful attractions in the city, Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden pays homage to Japanese city- Nishinomiya, Spokane's twin city. Peppered with numerous flower beds, a botanical center, several species of trees and vast lawns, this is every nature lovers dream come true. Its quiet, cobbled paths and lush green shaded areas, make it perfect for a walk, away from the city's busy streets.
One of the best parks in the city, Lincoln Park is a great place to spend the day soaking the sun, taking in the fresh breeze or simply taking leisurely strolls. Spread over 51 acres (20.639 hectares), the park offers ample opportunity for activity too as it boasts of softball fields, playing equipment for children and hiking trails. The numerous picnic tables also make this a great spot to bring along a picnic basket and blanket and spend a couple of hours outdoors with family or friends. If you are looking for a day spent amidst nature, then lush green Lincoln Park is where you need to be headed.
John A. Finch Arboretum is 65 acres of landscape that feature both regional and exotic plants. The arboretum is the perfect place for a walk or to learn about different plant species. There is a picturesque creek with a waterfall and bridge that runs through the arboretum. There is parking on site.
Spread across 55.51 acres (22.46 hectares), Mirabeau Point Park is one of the best parks in the area. Nestled by the riverside, this sprawling park comprises of the Mirabeau Meadows, Mirabeau Springs and Discovery Playground which are distinct attractions in itself. Besides these it is also home to the CenterPlace Regional Event Center and the Parks and Recreation Department. From picnicking to following trails, waterfalls to a splash pad for kids and just enjoying the beautiful natural vistas, this park is a refreshing place to be.
Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge is a sprawling stretch of untouched natural beauty, in the city of Cheney. This blanket of lush green trees, little lakes and rocky surfaces, is a great hiking and camping zone, attracting numerous outdoor enthusiasts in the summer. Also home to numerous bird and animal species, spotting one of its residents is not a rare phenomena, while treading through this park. Park officials also organize a number of educational and informative workshops at this spot.