I love to travel and experience new cities in my free time. To me, a new place is an adventure waiting to happen! But sometimes money gets tight which makes it difficult to explore new places. As a native of Spokane, I can honestly say that this city is different. There are handfuls of things you can do for free in our community. Yes, I said free! For summer, here are my top picks for activities when the sun is out and the weather is hot:

  • Walk through Manito Park. With a Japanese garden complete with a koi-filled pond, a conservatory and greenhouse, a gorgeous rose garden and a playground for the kids, this park has something for everyone! Enjoy your time here or find your way to any of Spokane's 86 other city parks.
  • Visit the Spokane Farmer's Market. If you make it to Spokane on a Wednesday or Saturday, the farmer's market is a great stop. An abundance of fresh produce, flowers and hand-made crafts will delight your senses. And you'll find that lots of friendly locals shop there, too!
  • Take a dip in one of our 76 lakes. When it's hot, Spokane locals B-line for the water! With so many lakes around, there's somewhere to go in every direction. My personal favorites are Liberty Lake, Newman Lake and Loon Lake. You can see a cool map of them on the floor of the River Park Square mall.
  • Enjoy the view of the city at sunset from Cliff Drive. City lights are a beautiful sight, especially with Spokane's unique downtown landscape. Head up to this lower South Hill spot for a romantic view of the city (and maybe you can score some points with that special someone!)
  • Get artsy at local galleries. Visit a couple of fun galleries and check out the works of local artists. I suggest heading to Tinman Artworks, Gallery of THUM, Brick Wall Gallery and Lillian Conn. What better way to experience Spokane than to see it through local art?
  • Spend time on the Centennial Trail. This paved 37-mile long pathway contours the Spokane River and offers incredible views of the area. Being outside is a big part of life in Spokane, so take some time for a walk, jog or bike ride along the trail.
  • Grab your friends and float the river. Our most popular rivers to raft and kayak are the Spokane and the Little Spokane. Both offer peaceful rides with some areas creating a more exciting float for the adventure-seekers out there! Bring your own inflatable tubes, ask a local for the best spot to put in, and you'll be on your way down the river in no time.
  • Explore some Spokane local shops. It seems like new boutiques and shops are always opening up in Spokane. Poke around stores like Lolo, Bella Boutique, Revival Lighting, 1900 Furnishings and Décor, and Cues along with lots more! These places not only have great stuff, but they are all within walking distance and make for a great tour of downtown Spokane.

Not sure what else to do in Spokane? Our online Visitors Guide is full of great ideas!