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Top Things To Do in Spokane

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Nicknamed the "Lilac City" after the flowers that flourish all over town, Spokane truly lives up to its motto: "Near nature... Near perfect!" Spokane’s diverse culture and riverside landscape cater to visitors of all ages.


Manito Park

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.

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Spokane Falls

Experience the roaring rush of the majestic Spokane Falls in the heart of the city, where the namesake river cascades into a graceful fall. This stunning natural attraction can be viewed from several vantage points in the city center, such is its beauty. Hop on to a bike and ride along the Centennial Trail to see the falls, or wander along Riverfront Park's inner network to avail some of the best views. You can also catch closer views from the stairs that encircle the falls in Huntington Park. For a more unique experience, the Spokane Falls SkyRide takes you on an exhilarating journey high above the falls, from where you can encounter its rumbling melody. Better yet, Anthony's at Spokane Falls allows you to dine with a view of the iconic falls. The best time to catch the waterfall in action is springtime, when it is in its finest element, spraying visitors with misty waters and entertaining one and all with its spectacular thundering.

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John A. Finch Arboretum

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.

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Riverfront Park

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.

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Centennial Trail

Centennial Trail is a lengthy, paved trail, running along the Spokane River. It stretches from the Idaho state line to Nine Mile Falls and is divided into three distinct parts: the urban section, the valley section and the Riverside State park section. The 37 mile (59.5 kilometer) trail is a haven for cyclists, hikers and runners of all ages and levels of fitness. The Riverside State section is the most challenging part, and the most beautiful, with scenic views and lush green zones on either sides.

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Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist

One of the city's major landmarks, St. John's Cathedral is considered to be one of the engineering marvels of its time. The church is built in the Gothic Revival style of architecture, and is constructed entirely out of cut stone. Like many other Gothic structures, the edifice of the church contains several intricate carvings of angles, religious symbols and gargoyles. Stained glass windows, a single aisle and arched ceilings make up the interior of the church.

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Northwest Museum of Art & Culture

Northwest Museum of Art & Culture showcases a diverse selection of art from around the world. A trip to the museum is not complete without visiting the Campbell House, which entrance fee is included in the price of the Museum's admission. The 1898 house shows how life was led in the 20th Century. The Northwest Museum of Art & Culture is in a contemporary building and features local history, fine art and collections from various cultures.

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Riverside State Park

This beautiful state park, bisected by the Spokane River, is a top destination for families, thrill-seekers and nature lovers. Here, the following activities are available - white-water rafting, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, horse-riding and biking. The Bowl and Pitcher, a naturally occurring phenomenon of huge basalt boulders by the river, is a popular attraction; there is a swinging bridge across the river at this point. There are several picnic tables in this part of the park, and the campgrounds are a few hundred meters away.

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Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden

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.

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Mobius Kids Children's Museum

Children can learn while having fun. Mobius Kids is a museum that allows children to learn about science and culture through interesting interactive activities and exhibits. There are several different exhibits, including "Geotopia" which explores Earth Science and the "Out-of-Hand Art Studio" where children can paint or draw. You can also sign your children up for classes and programs, including Geology Rocks! Class, Science Explorers Class and World Explorers.

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