Spokane is a hidden treasure. We are so blessed to live here with such a variety of amenities and activities right in our backyard. Sometimes I find myself limited by my (husband’s in medical school) budget. However, there are plenty of cheap and trendy things to do in Spokane during the Summer that won’t break the bank.
Let me know some of your favorite, cheap Summer activities in Spokane!
1. Ice Cream for $1.
The Scoop sells these kids cones with a mini scoop for $1. You can’t beat that price and cuteness! The Scoop is walking distance from Comstock Park and Manito Park which are great places to picnic and explore for free. More on The Scoop HERE.
2. U-Pick Farms at Greenbluff
Whether you want to pick some fruit, go on a hay-ride, or just gaze at the vast, beautiful farmland, Greenbluff is my go-to Saturday activity all summer long. Available u-pick fruit and festivities change monthly. Make it an all day activity by stopping for libations, dining, and shopping. Events go on all summer, my favorite time at Greenbluff is September/October because who doesn’t love Washington Honeycrisp apples and fresh pumpkin donuts. See below for their calendar.
Blooms on the Bluff- Mother’s Day Weekend
Strawberry Celebration- June/July
Cherry Season – July
Peach Season – August-Labor Day
Apple Festival – September/October
Holiday Memories – Cut your Christmas tree – November/December
3. Spend a day at Riverfront Park & the Spokane Falls
This is one of the coolest parts of Spokane. Whenever people visit, I take them here first and they are always blown away. In addition to walking around the falls, you can go shopping at the downtown mall, grab lunch at one of the local restaurants, see a movie, slide down the giant wagon slide, ride the carousel, play in the splash pad, etc. etc. etc. I could spend an entire day just walking around this area. It is especially great for young kids.
4. Free Workout Classes
Athleta offers free yoga/workout classes to the public. The classes change every month so check their website for schedules. Located inside the downtown mall on the second floor, next to Sephora. The classes are great and really help keep me calm and relaxed on my lunch breaks.
5. Get Active on the Centennial Trail.
The centennial trail is one of my favorite parts of Spokane. There is a nicely paved path that cuts through the entire city, follows the river and leads you all the way to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. It is so nice being able to ride your bike for a long distance without having to worry about traffic lights, cars, overcrowded roads, etc. We are truly spoiled with this trail.
6. Take Family Pictures at the Sunflower Field.
The sunflower field in Deer Park is one of the most beautiful sites in the area. It literally took my breath away when I first discovered it. The fields are kind of hidden but you can find them in the late summer months on “Staley Road”. They will be on your left a little ways down the road. The location of these sunflowers change each year, but you can always find them around the same area in Deer Park.
7. Shop at a Farmers Market
There are a variety of Farmers Markets around Spokane happening all Summer long. The Spokane Farmers Market is located in downtown Spokane on 5th Avenue, between Division and Browne on Saturdays & Wednesdays from 8am-1pm. Vendors bring fresh vegetables, fruit, baked goods, meat, eggs, cheese, honey, plants, etc. The Kendall Yards Night Market happens every Wednesday night from 4-8 pm featuring local vendors, live music, food trucks, and more. Thursday nights, you can head to Perry Street for the South Perry Farmers Market. This is a smaller market but one of my favorites because you can head over to the patio at Perry Street Brewing after you visit the market. More on that HERE.
8. Hike Around Bowl & Pitcher (Riverside State Park)
This is one of my favorite hikes in the area. It is full of gorgeous scenery, the river, and lots of paths to explore. All you need is a National Parks pass or you can pay a couple of dollars (per car) to park and access these trails. Bring a picnic for a scenic lunch spot during your hike.
9. Compete at Spokane Hoopfest
What do you get when you bring in over 250,000 people to Spokane for a weekend 3-on-3 street basketball tournament?
39 Million dollars in revenue for the city of Spokane.
This is the 28th year that Spokane will host this tournament and it’s the biggest event in the city. The streets of downtown Spokane completely shut down as they make room for over 450 courts. Even if you aren’t playing in the tournament, it’s free to watch and take part in all of the festivities! They have lots of activities for spectators including food, games, shop sales, etc. The tournament will be held on June 24 & 25th, 2017.
10. Spokane Indians Baseball Game
Spokane Indians Baseball Game tickets start at $5 and their hotdogs and sodas are cheap and easy. They have special promotions all season long so check their schedule and buy tickets before they sell out! This is a great way to entertain your family on a beautiful summer night. View the schedule here: Spokane Indians Schedule
11. MAC Museum
Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture ((2316 W First Ave. // 509-456-3931)
Museum Exhibits and Museum Store Hours:
Tuesday – Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am – 8:00pm
Half Price on Tuesdays!
Seniors (60+): $7.50
Children Ages 6 –18: $5
College Students w/ ID: $5
All active museum members and children 5 & under are free.
Extra Bonus: If you have a Bank of America credit or debit card you get in for free the first weekend of every month!
What are your favorite summer activities?