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There’s nothing better than breathing fresh air and getting in touch with nature. State parks, botanical gardens, trails, lakes, and farms are exactly the place to do it – and this area is full of them.

Take a look at all the options within driving distance – you’ll be surprised at how close your next adventure is. We provide the driving directions, but the sunscreen’s on you!
Centennial Trail
Centennial Trail

(509) 624-7188

Spokane, WA

Get the family ready for some fun, healthy activity by hitting the trail! The Centennial Trail, that is. This picturesque hike and bike trail begins in Idaho and runs all the way through the bike-friendly city of Spokane and then continues on to Riverside State Park. Don't worry if all of your family members aren't bicycle-equipped, as the trail is an excellent place for a brisk walk that will not only allow you to get some great aerobic exercise, but you'll enjoy the unforgettable scenery along the way.

Dishman Hills Natural Area
Dishman Hills Natural Area

(509) 477-4730

625 S Sargent Rd
Spokane, WA 99212   Directions Website

When you venture out to the Dishman Hills Natural Area, not only are you destined to see one of Spokane's most beautiful natural scenes, you will be visiting one of its most historic. Named after A.T. Dishman who extracted tons of granite from the site to help rebuild Spokane after the Great Fire of 1889, the area offers several desirable activities for nature lovers. There is a two and a half-mile hike that traverses Eastwood Pond which is available seasonally from March to November. In addition, there are several excellent spots for picnics, family fun and running around. Or, if you prefer, you can just sit and take in the amazing outdoor beauty.

Liberty Lake Regional Park
Liberty Lake Regional Park

(509) 477-4730

3707 S Zephyr Rd
Spokane, WA 99019   Directions Website

If you feel like getting away from it all but don't want to travel too far, then Liberty Lake Regional Park is the destination for you. Breathe in the fresh air of the great outdoors in this 2,900-acre park that is located a short 15 miles east of Spokane. When you get there, there isn't a shortage of things to do. You can walk through the wooded areas and expansive meadows, enjoy the trails that welcome walkers, hikers, and bikers, and even take a dip in the designated swimming areas. Fishing and camping are also permitted, and if you visit between mid-June through Labor Day, there is a small fee to enter the park. But as any nature lover will tell you, the cost is most definitely worth it!

Manito Park
Manito Park

(509) 456-8038

4 W 21st Ave
Spokane, WA 99203   Directions Website

Manito Park is situated in one of the residential areas south of downtown Spokane, but its location doesn't seem to deter nature enthusiasts who enjoy its many amenities. Some of the more popular attractions at Manito Park are the lush, green areas, tennis courts, play areas for the kids, and even a duck pond. There are also several specialized gardens that are quite popular, like the Japanese Garden, the Lilac Garden, the Rose Garden, and the Duncan Garden, that all offer something special to be appreciated by everyone from the casual visitor to even the most discerning nature lover. You'll enjoy time spent in the great outdoors here.

Riverfront Park
Riverfront Park

(509) 625-6600

507 N Howard St
Spokane, WA 99201   Directions Website

Spokane's Riverfront Park offers you an excellent chance to experience the best of both worlds. Located downtown on the banks of the river, the park sprawls out over a lush 100-acres. The most obvious part of this hugely popular attraction are the outdoor activities that include taking in the amazing views of the waterfalls and spacious green areas that create some truly unforgettable imagery. But there's also an IMAX theater, Pavilion rides, the Big Red Wagon, a historic tower, as well as a Gondola Skyride that allows you to glide over the amazing waterfalls. Whether you want to spend some quality time alone absorbing nature or want to experience it all with family and friends, Riverfront Park offers a day full of activities that are nothing less than unforgettable. Also, if you purchase a day pass, it is good for unlimited rides, an IMAX showing as well as miniature golf.

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