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22 Fun Things to do in Spokane in Summer!

Spokane in Summer is the BEST! There are so many fun things to see and do that are family friendly, perfect for couples, or for fun solo adventures. Spokane has some of the best fruit picking, nearby lakes, sports to watch, and other unique things to do. We love Spokane in Summer, and hope you do too. Here are all the best things to do in Spokane this summer!

Map of Things to do in Spokane in Summer

1. Smell the Flowers at Manito Park

Manito Park in the Summer is an absolute dream. If you haven’t visited Manito yet, make it your goal this Summer to see the incredible blooms throughout the park. The parts of the park that really shine during the Summer are the Duncan Gardens, Rose Garden, and the Perennial Garden. Every part of Manito Park is beautiful during the Summertime, but those are the best. Also stop and get lunch and ice cream at the Park Bench Cafe!

2. Watch the Spokane Pavilion LIght Show

Head to downtown Spokane to see Riverfront Park in a new light (literally!) The Pavilion light show takes place every Friday-Sunday evening throughout the Summer starting 30 minutes before sunset and ending at 10 PM. If you already thought the Pavilion was magical, you’ll definitely love seeing it after dark!

Tip: You can even put in a request to have the Pavillion lit up to a specific color here!

3. Cheer on the Spokane Indians at a Baseball Game

Did you know that Spokane has their very own minor league baseball team? The history of this team dates all the way back to 1892! Check their schedule for special event games like firework nights, Storybook Princess night, and more. A baseball game is the perfect night for a family friendly activity or if you’re looking for date night ideas in Spokane.

4. Feed the Garbage Goat

I am a huge fan of Riverfront Park in Spokane. You really can spend all day in that area and not run out of things to do. If you haven’t yet discovered the Garbage Goat, head to the Carousel and find the goat tucked away just behind it. The garbage goat is a unique spot to add to your Spokane summer bucket list.

5. Cool off with Ice Cream

Spokane has several great places to get ice cream. If you’re looking for an old school diner feel, check out Mary Lou’s Milk Bottle for some of the best milkshakes around. The Scoop is a classic Spokane spot located both in Kendall Yards and on the South Hill. Or if you’re in the Valley, head to Pete and Belle’s for a choice of over 50 different flavors!

pink ice cream with sprinkles at the scoop spokane

6. Swim at a Local Waterpark

If you’re looking for something to do on a hot summer day in Spokane, you’ll definitely want to head to one of the waterparks. The South Hill Aquatic Center and the North Side Aquatic Center are two family friendly waterparks that are perfect for cooling off. Get your tickets ahead of time so you can hit the pool the minute you arrive!

Also check out Splash Down in the Valley which was reopened in 2023. Check their website for hours because as of early July, they haven’t opened for the season yet!

7. Take a Day Trip

There are so many amazing stops within an hour of Spokane. Take the opportunity this Summer to explore some of the awesome places near Spokane.

Check out our post on 11 Easy Day Trips from Spokane (less than 1 hour’s drive!)

8. Hit the Driving Range

If you’re looking to improve your golf game this Summer, you’ll want to visit one of Spokane’s golf courses. Whether you want to spend an hour or two at the driving range, or play a full round of golf, there are a ton of great golf courses around Spokane. The city of Spokane has four golf courses including Esmeralda Golf Course, Downriver Golf Course, Indian Canyon Golf Course, and Qualchan Golf Course – so find one near you!

9. Visit Silverwood Theme Park and Boulder Beach Water Park

Is it really Summer in Spokane if you haven’t made it to Silverwood and Boulder Beach? Silverwood is just about an hour away from Spokane and has everything you could ever want. It’s the largest theme and water park in the American Northwest. From massive waterslides, intense roller coasters, movie theaters, fun snacks, and more, there is something for everyone at Silverwood!

10. Take a Hike

There are so many amazing hikes around Spokane and Summer is the perfect opportunity to get outside. Some of our favorite areas to hike are Riverside State Park, Dishman Hills, and Mount Spokane, but there are tons of gems out there.

If you’re looking for family friendly trails or easy hikes in Spokane, we’ve got you covered with our 20 Favorite Easy Hikes in Spokane! We also have some more moderate hikes on this list.

11. Visit the Spokane County’s Interstate Fair

The Spokane County Interstate Fair is a ten day event that starts after Labor Day. Whether you want to check out the concerts, farm animals, rides, or just eat some of the delicious snacks – the fair is an iconic Spokane Summer activity.

12. Stroll Through the Kendall Yards Night Market

The Kendall Yards Night Market is a must do in Spokane in Summer. It’s known as one of the best markets in Spokane. Shop at local vendors, eat from one of the delicious food trucks, listen to live music, or just stroll through Kendall Yards and along the Centennial Trail.

13. Pick Fruit at Green Bluff Farms

Depending on which month you visit Green Bluff, you’ll have your choice of a variety of different fruits and vegetables to pick yourself or buy from their local farms. The U-pick farms are so much fun for families, couples, or if you’re just looking for relaxing thing to do by yourself. Every farm in Green Bluff has something different to offer, but you’ll enjoy your time at whichever farm you choose. Check out this website to see what’s growing on the bluff now!

Tip: If you want a more relaxed experience, try to visit on a weekday morning! We always have very limited amounts of people when we visit in the off time!

14. Take a Sunset Cruise on Lake Coeur d’Alene

Lake Coeur d’Alene is absolutely stunning! A sunset cruise is the perfect way to relax as you get outside and take in the beautiful views. Sip a cocktail on the top deck and watch the colors light up the sky. Also check out their Yoga & Mimosa Cruise or other seasonal cruises! Book your cruise here.

sunset on cda lake cruise

15. Watch a Movie at an Outdoor Theater

If you want to try a new activity this summer, try watching a movie outdoors! The Hub Sports Center has drive in movies and the Spokane Pavilion downtown offers free movies outdoors through the summer.

16. Ride Bikes!

Spokane has a ton of amazing bike trails both in town and a short drive away. If you’re looking for the ultimate adventure, head to the Hiawatha Bike Trail. For paved trails that are absolutely beautiful, check out the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes or the Centennial Trail.

Here is our list of 8 Amazing Bike Trails Near Spokane!

17. Watch Hoopfest

Hoopfest is the WORLD’s largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament, and it’s located in downtown Spokane every Summer. Watch the dunk competition, enjoy the buzz of excitement through the streets of Spokane, or even get in on the action yourself. Don’t miss out on Spokane’s biggest event of the year!

18. Enjoy a Beer at a Local Brewery

Did you know that Spokane has over 30 breweries?? Meet up with friends for a beer and some good conversation at one of the many breweries in Spokane. Some of our favorites are No-Li Brewing, Iron Goat Brewing, Brickwest Brewing, and Yaya Brewing in the Valley. There are so many good spots, stop by one this Summer – or make it your mission to visit them all!

beers and giant pretzel at no li brewing spokane with river view

19. Go on a Camping Adventure

We never feel like it’s truly Summertime unless we’ve been camping. If you want a quick camping near town, go to Riverside State Park. Other state parks in the area that you can camp at are: Farragut State Park, Priest Lake State Park, Liberty Lake Regional Park, and more!

toddler sitting in chair by fire at farragut state park

Tip: Idaho State Parks camping fees are pretty steep if you’re not an Idaho resident – be aware of the price difference if you’re going to camp there!

20. Take a Summer Road Trip

Eastern Washington is perfectly located for so many different long weekend road trips. Take a road trip to Glacier National Park or Flathead Lake in Montana, to Sandpoint, Idaho, Mount Rainier National Park, North Cascades National Park or even up to Canada! We’ve linked some of our favorite nearby adventures below. Happy travels!

21. Eat & Drink on One of Spokane’s Best Patios

There’s nothing better than eating a delicious meal outside on a beautiful day. Spokane has a ton of good restaurants with fun patios where you can soak up some sunshine while you eat and drink. We also love a good patio for letting our kids roam while we actually enjoy our food! Here are some of our favorite patios in Spokane.

  • Bark: A Rescue Pub (for a fun dog friendly patio!)
  • Osprey
  • Zona Blanca
  • Nectar Wine & Beer

22. Visit a Nearby Lake

Spokane has 76 lakes within 50 miles which is perfect for those hot summer days. Some the best lakes near Spokane are Coeur d’Alene Lake, Long Lake, Pend O’Reille Lake, or take an even longer trip to Flathead Lake (the biggest natural freshwater lake West of the Mississippi)!

Spokane is so much fun in every season. Here are our guides to Fall in Spokane and Spring in Spokane. Check back soon for our guide on Winter in Spokane. Now get out and enjoy that beautiful Summer weather!

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