Top activities in and around Spokane:

1.  Manito Park - Plan to spend 1-2hrs here visiting the Japanese, Duncan, Rose, Lilac, and Butterfly Gardens.   Then head to the Green house for a good taste of Tropical and Desert plants.

2.  Watch the falls at the Spokane River at Riverfront Park (especially during Spring run off).  Then ride the carousel (feed the "garbage goat" next to the carousel), ride down the giant Radio Flyer Wagon slide, watch an IMAX, take a gondola ride over the falls, visit the Eastern Washington Science Center, or catch a symphony.  All in the Park area.

3. Just below the falls the Spokane River enters a relatively secluded canyon that flows some eight miles.  The first few miles are quite gentle and there are some swimming holes.  Then the river enters Riverside State Park and there are some challenging rapids. Float trips are offered by local outfitter ROW Adventures.  During the spring run-off in May and June they also offer whitewater rafting trips on this section, covering the full eight miles in two or three hours.

4.  Drive  or bike to the Bowl and Pitcher in Riverside State park and walk to the top of one of the many scenic high points to view the rapids. 

5.  Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture and the Campbell house, next door to the museum.Make sure to check out the gift shop in the museum - great stuff!  They have a tremendous collection of photographs of the history of Spokan.

6.  Horse back riding or mountain biking in Riverside State Par.  There are miles of trails through a forest of ponderosa pine.  Be sure to see the old CCC camp location and interpretive sign.

7.  Visit Mount Spokane for a good hike and view of surrounding area.Or in the winter, take in a day of skiing on the mountain.

8.  For the arborist in you, visit the John Finch Arboretum to see 65 acres of many trees. 

9.  Visit one of the areas many wineries, top ones include: Worden Winery, Latah Creek Wine Cellars, Arbor Crest (best view), and Steven Livingston Winery near downtown.There are currently 15 wineries in Spokane, all members of the Spokane Wineries Association.