Spokane Area Guide

Attractions  |  Hidden Gems  |  For Families & Kids  |  Shopping  |  Events

With all due respect to the rest of our website, this is our favorite page.

It gives us a chance to highlight the difference between just staying in Spokane and actually experiencing Spokane - the places, the people, the pastimes that only folks who love the city can really tell you about. Folks like us.

If you're looking for the perfect local restaurant or a funky boutique, the kind of places that can only be found in Spokane, we know them all. The attractions, parks, and family-fun destinations like water parks, theme parks and go-cart tracks. Cultural hubs, from museums and theater to the symphony, art galleries and architectural wonders. We'll tell you all about them and then help get you there so you can experience them for yourself. 

Below you'll find a glimpse into Spokane, courtesy of the staff of the Red Lion Hotel at the Park. It's certainly not everything there is to see and do, but it's a great start.

And if you find someplace new, let us know and we'll add it to the list.


Attractions

Carousel at Riverfront Park
Still spinning after 100 years, this Spokane landmark was originally placed in Spokane's Natatorium Park in 1909. All of the carousel's original figures are still making their rounds, along with a Ruth & Sohn band organ, which you'll find detailed in the center of the ride.

Arena iconSpokane Arena
With a seating capacity of over 11,000, the Spokane Arena is the premiere sporting and concert event facility in the area. Catch Spokane Chiefs hockey or Spokane Shock football, big name concerts, occassional college basketball games including NCAA Divisional tournament games and other special events. 

INB Performing Arts Center / Convention Center
The INB Performing Arts Center prides itself on being Spokane's premiere theatre facility with state-of-the-art technology and a seating capacity reaching 2,700. Find a wide variety of entertainment from Best of Broadway performances to comedy shows and much more. Conveniently, the Spokane Convention Center is connected to the INB Performing Arts Center offering business and convention goers quick and convient access to both venues. With over 100,000 square feet of meeting space, the center is able to host roughly 6,500 people at any 

Statues along Riverfront Park
These statues depict events and heroes in Spokane history. Highlights include the iron men located across the street from downtown Spokane's River Park Square. Titled the "The Joy of Running Together," these fun runner statues were installed in recognition of Spokane's annual Bloomsday Run. Another statue honors the astronauts killed in 2003's Space Shuttle Columbia crash, specifically Michael P. Anderson, a Spokane-area native, one of the seven who lost their lives.

Spokane's Courthouse
Most definitely a building you do not come across every day. Why? It's a castle! Built back in the 1800's, the courthouse resembles two famous 16th century chateaux in the Loire Valley of France - the Chateau de Chambord, built in 1519, and the Chateau d'Azay Le Rideau, built in 1516.

Manito Park
This is one of the most breathtaking, and relaxing, sites in Spokane. 90 acres of land covered in exotic flowered garden, trees, greenhouses, with regal swans circling the ponds.

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Hidden Gems

A few great places in town that only locals know about (until now).

BooRadley iconBoo Radley's
Incense? You got it. Zipper pulls? By the bunches. Bacon-flavored gum, toothpicks, and mints? It's all here. Jewelry, stuffed animals, home decor, and clothing - the list goes on and on. "All bizarre. All wonderful!" Jean Menzes, one of the managers, shares, "It's the best watching someone come in with the biggest frown,and literally five seconds after they're in the store, they get a huge smile. To us that means mission accomplished!"

Something Else Deli
The name says it all…it's really something else! According to one of our very own cooks, "their sandwiches always hit the spot; they taste like one of my own Mother's back when I was kid." 

Atticus Coffee & Gifts
This rustic coffee shop is where you can buy unique teas, coffee, books, and other antiques. Exposed brick walls and old plank floors complement the assortment of gifts and the intoxicating aroma of coffee.

Finders Keepers
Locally owned and operated, Finder's Keepers offers a vast array of vintage clothes and custom jewelry from every era. One reviewer sums it up like this, "Fabulous finds await you at this unique boutique! One visit to this delightful shop will remind you why it's great to be a girl. The store sparkles!"

Gibliano Brothers Dueling Piano and Music House
Think of it as "pianos at twenty paces." It's the only dueling piano bar in the Inland Northwest, where local musicians do battle with pianos as their weapon of choice. A recent hotel guest called it, "One of the most relaxing bars to be in. The happy hour is great! And it's awesome to just lounge and listen to the live music while you're having a martini or two, which, by the way are yummy!"

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For Families & Kids

Convention Center

Riverfront Park
Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane covers more than 100 acres and features flower-bedecked paths, rides, spacious lawns, park benches, a variety of public art and venues including the INB Performing Arts Center and an IMAX Theater. Attractions include the Pavilion, an amusement park in the summer and an ice skating rink in the winter; a hand-carved 1909 Carousel; a giant Radio Flyer wagon that doubles as a slide,and the SkyRIde gondola on the Spokane River.

Mobius Kids
Don't miss this interactive play place where children can learn and have fun. Located in the basement of River Park Square in downtown Spokane, this museum has multiple activities and games offering learning experiences about new lands, cultures, science, community, art, and performance. Across the street is the new Mobius Kids Science Center. One Mobius mother-of-four was recently heard to say, "I come with my kids on a regular basis, and it's such a joy seeing them have so much fun… I don't think they even realize they're learning about science!"

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Shopping

Shop. 'Til you drop. We'll be there to catch you.

River Park Square
River Park Square is only a short walk through the park from the Red Lion Hotel at the Park in downtown Spokane and features a variety of shops, including: Nordstrom's, Macy's, The Loft, Auntie's Bookstore, Apricot Lane, Apple, the North Face and so many more. Entertainment options include several restaurants and a movie theatre featuring IMAX and 3-D.

Downtown Spokane Farmer's Market
Fresh fruits and vegetables make this a Spokane summer favorite! In addition to all of your food needs, you'll find crafts, entertainment, and ice cream. Whatever you're looking for, the Spokane Farmer's Market will not disappoint!

Green Bluff Growers
A collection of historic farms, nestled at the foothills of Mt. Spokane, just 15 minutes north of Spokane is host to events and community gatherings throughout the year. In addition to a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, you'll also find wineries, antiques, an alpaca ranch, a landscape nursery, U-pick lavender, homemade Italian food and fresh bakery items, gift shops, Christmas trees and a charming bed and breakfast.

The Kitchen Engine
It's like the little engine that could…and this one does! The Kitchen Engine provides you with the power source behind your kitchen needs. This cute, family-owned and operated kitchen shop is located in Spokane's historic Flour Mill, right on the banks of the Spokane River just a stone's throw from downtown and the hotel.

Swank
Swank is a fashion forward women's boutique offering a mix of fabulous designers and popular lines. Swank carries Miss Me Jeans, Miss Me Couture, Free People, J Brand, Hudson Jeans, David Kahn, Rachel Pally, Twisted Heart, Mink Pink, Yummie Tummie, Spanx and many other handpicked lines. Of course, it wouldn't be chick heaven without their glam selection of shoes & handbags.

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Events

This is your chance to join Spokane at play. Find out what's going on in and around town during your visit.  

Hoopfest
Catch the biggest 3-on-3 basketball tournament on the planet! Back when it started, Hoopfest was played on 35 courts in downtown Spokane, with 2,009 players. Today, it takes place on over 447 courts all over downtown and exceeds 27,000 players. Hoopfest is open to anyone and everyone, with divisions ranging from wheelchair to Special Olympics to youth to elite.

Bloomsday
This is a 12K run that averages 50,000 runners, joggers, and walkers - a stampede that announces the arrival of spring in the Inland Northwest.

Spokane Pig Out in the Park
This hits Spokane every year in late August - when Spokanites flock to Riverfront Park to bid summer farewell with the city's biggest picnic. It's a five-day foodfest featuring booths manned by the city's greatest restaurants and live music from local artists.

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