What to do and see in Spokane, United States: The Best Places and Tips

March 1, 2018 Veronika Gaddis

A mixture of urban chic and outdoor adventures, Spokane has something for everyone. Taste food by James-Beard-nominated chefs at Sante or The Wandering Table. Listen to live music at The Bartlett or the symphony at the iconic Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. Glide over the breathtaking Spokane Falls, situated right downtown, in the SkyRide, rated as one of the world’s best gondolas. Kids can feed the Garbage-Eating Goat or slide down the giant Radio Flyer Red Wagon in Riverfront Park.
Restaurants in Spokane

1. Manito Park

1702 S. Grand Blvd., Spokane, WA 99203 +1 509-363-5455
Excellent
82%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
1%
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1%
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5 based on 1 reviews

Manito Park

Reviewed By MichelleKaye - Midwest, Nebraska, USA

Beautiful park with lots of different attractions, quiet spots, and places to learn more about your favorite plants. Loved it!

2. Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox

1001 W Sprague Ave, Spokane, WA 99201-4016 +1 509-624-1200
Excellent
85%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
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5 based on 160 reviews

Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox

The Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox is located in beautiful downtown Spokane, WA, in the heart of the Lilac City's entertainment district. The Theater opened in 1931, as a 2300-seat movie theate. The recently renovated Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, which seats approximately 1600 today, has promoted the arts, enthralling and entertaining old and young across the decades. Today, the theater exemplifies Spokane's rich and vibrant performing arts scene, housing the Spokane Symphony, as well as acclaimed entertainers, dance troupes, musical acts, and theater talents.

Reviewed By Alverda3 - Spokane, Washington

I've attended several shows in this theater and always marvel at the architecture and wonderful acoustics, but I'm not going to sugar coat this: the seats are almost worse than being stuck in the economy section of an airplane. Granted, there are better seats in the wider aisle rows, but the majority of seating is tight and uncomfortable, mainly because of the lack of leg room. Taller, larger sized individuals would probably feel sandwiched in. Still, it's worth coming here for a performance that you really want to see.

3. Centennial Trail

Along Spokane River, Spokane, WA +1 509-624-7188
Excellent
73%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 455 reviews

Centennial Trail

This 40 mile paved, car-free trail bordering the beautiful Spokane River has something for everyone: running, hiking, biking, horseback riding and canoeing. The Spokane River Centennial Trail is the backbone of the recreational trail system in eastern Washington and north Idaho, welcoming over 2.5 million users annually.

Reviewed By Marty B - Jensen Beach, Florida

This mostly paved 37.5 miles has become an iconic activity for biking, walking, kayaking and roller-blading to name the major activities.

We started this trail from our downtown hotel, the Doubletree. Going east we ran into Gonzaga University. Going west we ran into Riverfront Park and downtown.

Riverfront Park makes the half way point of the trail. Don’t miss seeing the famous Spokane Falls which can be seen from both the trail and park.

If you have time, a walk through Gonzaga University is delightful. By the McCarthy gym is the large statue of Spike the Bulldog. Eight thousand students call Gonzaga home.

At the time of this writing, major renovations and additions were being done along the trail downtown. A detour from the trail is River Park Square mall. The vertical architecture is quite mesmerizing.

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4. Green Bluff

Spokane, WA +1 509-991-2189
Excellent
70%
Good
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4.5 based on 281 reviews

Green Bluff

Reviewed By jbowen13 - Newman Lake, Washington

I love going to Greenbluff, it is gorgeous! The fall festivals they have with the pick your own pumpkins, pumpkin donuts, vendors and fun activities for the kids is great!! There are great breweries, wineries and a coder house! You pick fruit and veggies as well as fun activities in a beautiful area, I highly recommend a visit here!

5. Spokane Falls

Monroe Street, Spokane, WA
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 343 reviews

Spokane Falls

Reviewed By Marty B - Jensen Beach, Florida

Originally Spokane Falls was the site of an Indian village. The falls were called “Stluputqu” meaning “Swift River.” Today there are several dams along the river that fosters hydroelectric power. The city of Spokane was named “Spokane Falls” at one time.

Not anywhere close to the height of Niagara Falls, there is an intrinsic beauty about these cascading falls nevertheless.

The Spokane Falls remind me of Sioux Falls, SD. You can reach the Spokane Falls by going through River Front Park or along Centennial Trail. There is a neat suspension bridge which will give you great views too.

Anthony’s Restaurant overlooks the falls too. There is a pleasant patio and window tables.

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6. Riverfront Park

507 N Howard St, Spokane, WA 99201-0811 +1 509-625-6601
Excellent
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Riverfront Park

With one of the best urban falls in the nation, Riverfront Park's ideal downtown location that is surrounded by the Spokane River offers a variety of activities from biking the Centennial trail, walking paths, attractions such as a 1909 Looff Carrousel and Gift Shop, SkyRide Over the Falls, IMAX Theatre, Tour Train, Amusement Rides and an outdoor covered ice rink make this park a destination. The Red Wagon and Rotary Interactive Fountain provide hours of fun. With plenty of easy parking, the region's best events are also hosted on this 100 acre green space including Hoopfest (World's Largest 3 on 3 basketball tournament), Bloomsday Road Race, 4th of July Celebration, Pig Out in the Park Food and Music Festival and many more. The Spokane Convention Center, Spokane Arena, RiverPark Square, many downtown eateries and hotels border the park making this a great place to visit. The Sculpture Walk also highlights the best art in Spokane.

Reviewed By 411Shirley - Seattle

A new park is in the process of being built on part of the site of the Waterfront Park. At the moment, lots of walkways and areas are fenced off, limiting where you can go. However, the river is still beautiful, the clock tower is majestic, and the enormous Radio Flyer wagon is quite fun (and available for climbing and picture taking).

7. Gonzaga University

502 E Boone Ave, Spokane, WA 99258-0001 +1 800-986-9585
Excellent
75%
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4.5 based on 125 reviews

Gonzaga University

Reviewed By Brenda B - Las Vegas, United States

Gonzaga University is located right by downtown Spokane, which is located right along the beautiful Spokane River. It is a middle size, Jesuit-Catholic university. The community is a big supporter of the university. Spokane, although it is the second biggest city in the state of Washington, has a very small-town charming feel, surrounded by beautiful outdoor scenery and activities. Everyone we met was so very friendly.

8. Arbor Crest Wine Cellars

4705 N Fruit Hill Rd, Spokane, WA 99217 +1 509-927-9463
Excellent
67%
Good
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Satisfactory
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5%
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4.5 based on 155 reviews

Arbor Crest Wine Cellars

Perched on a cliff 450 feet above the Spokane River, Arbor Crest’s iconic landmark, the historic Cliff House Estate (formerly known as the Riblet Mansion), is located in Spokane Valley and is open daily. The Estate is nearly 100 years old and the 4 acres of surrounding gardens and grounds feature breathtaking views sweeping from downtown Spokane all the way east to Liberty Lake. The winery presents live music twice a week year-round: the Fireside Music Series (Fri & Sat, Oct–April) and our outdoor Summer Concert Series (Thurs & Sun, May-Sept), along with seasonal art shows, tastings, and a variety of private events, from weddings to client appreciation parties. Arbor Crest Wine Cellars has been a local, family-owned business for over 30 years. Our award-winning wines, captivating venue and excellent customer service combine to create an unforgettable experience!

Reviewed By travels4fun52 - Spokane Valley, Washington

The location-the top of a cliff with beautiful views and the mystique of an historic old mansion, make this the perfect pairing for wine (or craft beer). One is always welcome to bring food/snacks, or purchase small plates from the Mediterranean Grill truck. The down side, better and more seating for the local concert venue, this should be doable considering the $5 and $10 cover charge.

9. Avista Stadium

602 N Havana St, Spokane, WA 99202-4616 +1 509-535-2922
Excellent
72%
Good
25%
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4.5 based on 63 reviews

Avista Stadium

Reviewed By great49er - Rocklin, California

Free parking, nice big stadium, lots of shade, a play area for the kids, cheap tickets, cheap food that wasn't disgusting - my goodness - an actual family friendly venue and event! This is how baseball used to be in most areas. My cousin is lucky he can take his family here for a game. We're used to the cheapest ticket being $20, parking being $10 and food starting at about $7 a pop. Being able to go to a game for less than $30 for 2 people... seriously what a nice treat.

10. Mount Spokane

Spokane, WA +1 509-238-4258
Excellent
55%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 118 reviews

Mount Spokane

Located outside of Spokane, this mountain region offers skiing and other outdoor activities.

Reviewed By mom2my4boyz - GIG HARBOR

Beautiful scenery. The top was spectacular and the vista house is a cool place to have a picnic lunch. You do need a discovery pass.

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