Places to Play
It's hard to imagine that one city can really have it all, but when it comes to Spokane, it's true. With a unique combination of outdoor adventures, family-friendly attractions, arts & entertainment and world-class wineries and restaurants and an incredibly vibrant downtown, all wrapped up in a package that includes a rich cultural and historic past, it's easy to see why Spokane is truly "Near Nature. Near Perfect."
Just west of downtown Spokane, Browne's Addition encompasses rich history, revival architecture and a newly emerging artsy and somewhat bohemian-style neighborhood. Established in 1883, Browne's Addition is considered one of Washington State's oldest neighborhoods. It is home to the Smithsonian affiliated Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture along with an eclectic collection of shops, restaurants, bistros and pubs. ArtFest, ElkFest and the Browne's Addition concert series draw visitors from around the community and region into this interesting neighborhood.
West Central Neighborhood
As one of Spokane's oldest neighborhoods, West Central contains the largest single area in the U.S. recorded on the National Registry of Historic Places. Diverse architecture, stunning river views along Summit Blvd. and wide variety of birds all give West Central unique appeal. Probably the most notable gem in terms of architecture is the French renaissance-style Spokane County Courthouse on Broadway. The Drumheller Springs Historical Park on the corner of Ash and Euclid was the site in 1830 of the first school in the Oregon Territories, founded by Chief Spokane Garry.
Step out on Garland Avenue and you might feel like you've entered the sitcom set on Happy Days. From the deco-style Garland Theatre to the funky Mary Lou's Milk Bottle restaurant, Garland has a personality that makes you smile. Chock full of fun shops selling everything from used books and clothes to clocks, fine art, guitars and of course coffee... Garland is a great place to spend an afternoon. Plus you can still catch a matinee for as little as a buck! Each August, the Annual Garland Street Fair pays tribute to Judy Garland and The Wizard of Oz. Be sure to come with your costume!
Established in 1892, Hillyard was a booming rail town that swelled to 4,000 residents by 1916. Annexed by Spokane in 1924, Hillyard is now synonymous with great antiquing. Hillyard's legacy as a haven for immigrants from different cultures has created the diverse and interesting community you'll find today. From interesting architecture, antique and oddity shops, kitschy fun restaurants and outdoor activities including a golf course and skateboard park, Hillyard offers something fun for everyone.
South Perry is a fun and funky buzz of small shops and businesses surrounded by a residential area brimming with interesting and historic homes. Over the last decade the neighborhood has been in the process of reinvention, putting in new streetscapes including vintage style lamp posts and newly planted trees. The Cambern Dutch Windmill might be the first thing that strikes your fancy in South Perry. It's now home to an herb and natural foods purveyor. A coffee roaster, neighborhood pubs and outdoor movies make South Perry a treat in the summer along with their annual street fair and farmer's market.
The East Central district is one of Spokane's oldest neighborhoods with more than 600 historic homes. During the late 1800's and early 1900 many immigrants moved into the area and it's easy to see why East Central is now also known as Spokane's International District. The east Sprague Avenue area has always been distinctly diverse. From the best Asian grocery to the Mexican, Italian, Slavic and Indian influences you'll find in restaurants, markets and more, East Central is an eclectic blend of neighborhoods and commerce.