As a life-long Spokanite, I take the term "children of the sun" (what Spokane means, in case you didn't know!) to heart. I soak up the Spokane summer sun as much as possible. Easy to do when Spokane has an average of 260 sunny days per year! I figure there are enough rays to go around, so I've decided to share my favorite places to enjoy the sun in Spokane. Here is my top 5 list!
Rotary Fountain in Riverfront Park
Riverfront Park is a hot spot year-round, but summertime is the most vibrant time in the park. One of the best ways to enjoy the sun is getting soaked in the Rotary Fountain. The fountain's water patterns change constantly with forty overhead jets, five surrounding jets and eight geyser jets that spray straight up from the ground, making it a blast of a splash! Plus, drying off takes no time at all with a walk around the 100-acre park!
Nothing screams summertime like a day spent at the lake. With 76 lakes in the Spokane region, there is no excuse, you can spend at least one day on the water every summer. For me, there are three things I look for when searching for a lake spot: serene spots to tan, enough room to boat, and beautiful views. Fortunately, just twenty minutes from downtown Spokane, Liberty Lake fits all of my needs. This picturesque lake is surrounded by lush scenery, making it a relaxing place to swim the day away.
If you're packing energetic little ones, Wonderland is a one stop spot! The family fun center has it all! Here you can putt in the sun on the mini-golf course, cool off in the bumper boats, race to the finish on the go-karts, or take a swing in the batting cages. Inside there are over 80 arcade games, a playhouse for the kids to crawl through and a laser tag arena! Black light mini-golf is one of my favorites, especially playing the wacky course rules! Think shooting the ball with your club like a pool stick, going through your legs, etc. Wonderland is a place I loved as a kid and still enjoy as an adult.
Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC)
If your way of enjoying the sun is staying in an air conditioned building, a visit to the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC) is just the thing for you to do. Café MAC is a way to have lunch and view the sun through their gorgeous floor-to-ceiling glass windows without having to be outside. The restaurant has great Greek cuisine and once you've had your fill, you can hit the museum! The MAC is Smithsonian Affiliated and with a relaxed atmosphere and laid-back staff, you'll find you don't need to be Mona Lisa to enjoy hanging in a museum. In one of the featured summer exhibits Dig It!: Secrets of the Soil, learn about the dirty stuff underneath our feet. You'll be surprised at how often it crops up in everyday life! Did you know that there are more living creatures in a shovel full of soil than human beings on the planet?! I sure didn't, but it's pretty cool if you ask me.
Anyone who knows me knows that I have a crazy sweet tooth. On a hot day, no sweet treat is more satisfying than ice cream. One of the best places for ice cream in downtown Spokane is Bruttles. Bruttles is famous for their soft peanut brittle (seriously, you have to try it), but did you know they have ice cream made locally, too? It's delicious! Caramel Cashew is my new favorite. It's made with chewy chunks of Bruttles candy so you know it has to be good. But don't take my word for it, try it for yourself!
So there you have it, coming from a "child of the sun," my top five ways to enjoy the summer! With sunscreen, shades and this list, you'll be on your way to a wonderfully sun-kissed season in Spokane.