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Parks & Gardens

Sometimes you need a vacation from your vacation and with so much to do in Lilac City, the parks and gardens may be the perfect place for you and your family to unwind and catch your collective breath. So grab a blanket and a patch of grass in one of Spokane’s many parks for some downtime near downtown. 

Manito Park

When you’re looking for the perfect spot to do a little napping, photography, or quiet contemplation, head to Manito Park. This sprawling 90-acre public park includes six gardens for brilliant variety. Take a stroll through the symmetrical Duncan Garden, or enjoy the hydrangeas and hibiscus in the Perennial Garden.

If it starts to rain, find refuge in the Gaiser Conservatory greenhouse, home to a wild dichotomy of desert and tropical plants. For a truly serene

setting, make your way to the flowing willows and vibrant azaleas in the Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden - a garden that honors Nishinomiya, Japan, Spokane’s sister city. Of course, Rose Hill and Lilac Garden offer wonderful displays of their namesake’s flowers and both provide perfect settings for budding photographers.  

John A. Finch Arboretum

Perhaps you’d rather look up and wander through trees, and greater Spokane has no shortage of wooded areas to enjoy. The John A. Finch Arboretum will guide you through an impressive collection of conifer and maple trees as well as colorful rhododendrons.

Liberty Pavillion Park & Mirabeau Point Park

Or, depending on the season, you might catch a summer concert, an evening movie, or a day-long picnic in the expansive Liberty Pavillion Park. Another great option for outdoor enthusiasts is to spend an afternoon at the falls at Mirabeau Point Park or jog the trails of Mirabeau Meadows. 

Riverfront Park

Riverfront Park is virtually unavoidable when in Spokane, and for good reason! The park was designed for Expo ‘74 and encompasses several points of interest. You won’t miss the 155-foot Great Northern Clocktower and a short walk across a suspension bridge will place you on the beautiful island called snxw meneɂ in the indigenous Salish language. Formerly Canada Island, snxw meneɂ (sin-HOO-men-huh) — or ”salmon people” in English — was renamed in early 2017 to honor the Spokane Tribe. And no trip to Riverfront Park would be complete without seeing Upper Falls from along the Centennial Trail, though spring is the time to see the water flow at its peak. 

With a little exploration, Spokane’s variety of parks and gardens will provide just the right spot for you and your family to relax in a beautiful atmosphere.

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