The Clock TowerThe clock tower is all that remains of the Great Northern Train Station which was demolished in the early 1970s in preparation for Expo ‘74. The train depot itself was completed in 1902 and was considered the finest depot west of Chicago. Countless passengers embarked and disembarked at the depot, which served famous passenger trains like the “Empire Builder.” The clock tower now stands as a city landmark in the heart of Riverfront Park, the centerpiece of the city. EXPO ’74 Plaque The idea for a world’s fair in Spokane came in the late 1960s, when 17 acres of railroad land along the Spokane River was acquired as part of a plan to remove railroads from the riverfront and downtown area of the city. Construction on Expo ’74 began in 1972 with the construction of the largest structure, the $11,500,000 U.S. Pavilion, currently the IMAX theatre. Expo ‘74’s theme was the first to focus on the environment, and Spokane was the smallest city to host an international exposition. Looff Carrousel Charles I.D. Looff of Rhode Island, who built Coney Island’s carrousel, built this carrousel in 1904-07 as a wedding gift for his daughter, Emma. It was located in Natatorium Park, an amusement park on the bank of the Spokane River, until the park closed in 1968. The carrousel was restored and placed in its new home in Riverfront Park after the close of Expo ’74. Take a spin and try to catch the brass ring for a free ride. *The Carrousel is undergoing voter-approved upgrades and is closed until early 2018.
- Distance from Airport: 7 miles
- Distance from Downtown: Nearby
Hours (Visit website to verify hours)
- Hours: Hours of operation vary through the year and for each attraction.
- Seasonal Dates: Summer Season approximately April 1st through Labor Day Weekend. Winter Season last week of October through last week of February.
Payment Types Accepted
- Personal Checks:
- Traveler Checks:
- Senior Discount: Yes
- Military Discount: Yes
- Restrooms Available: Yes
- Max Group Size: 1000
- Minimum Group Size: 10
- Suggested Length of Visit: 1-2 Hours
- Comments/Notes: 100 acres of fun in the heart of downtown Spokane. The park features year roud events and attractions. IMAX theatre, historic 1909 Looff Carrousel, Gondonla skyride over the Spokane Falls, tour train and winter Ice Palace. Site of 1974 World's Fair. Call or check website for shows and showtimes.
- Exhibits Space
- Description Explore 100 acres of fun right in the heart of downtown Spokane. This city landmark features year-round attractions including a new interactive fountain along with a giant screen IMAX Theatre, summer picnic shelters Spokane Falls Skyride, a historic 1909 Looff Carrousel, ice skating in the winter, mini-golf, amusement rides, a restaurant and more family fun.
- Exhibits 10
- Total Sq. Ft. 100
- Space Notes Riverfront Park IMAX Theater seats 342 in theater style seating. Theater equipment includes a video projector that can be used for DVD & Blue Ray video and Power Point presentations.
- Theatre Capacity 342
- Number of Rooms 1
Mulitiple open spaces
- Width: 100 acres
- Height: N/A
Riverfront Park IMAX Theater
- Theater Capacity: 342
- Reception Capacity: 350