Summer time means the opportunity to break out of the wintertime blues and take an outdoor adventure! Whether you enjoy leisurely park strolls, take city tours, or take off on a wild forest adventure, getting outdoors with your family is a must during the rather short, fair weather months of the Northwest!
While work schedules tend to pick up in the summer months, taking the weekend to spend time with your family is important to stay connected. If you find yourself rolling into your Friday afternoon with not a clue about how to spend the weekend, fear not, there are plenty of great places to visit and activities to do right here in the area you live! Here are some suggestions for those of you who enjoy the great outdoors, whether you are city bound or rural country hiking.
Take a visit to Green Bluff
Green Bluff is a collection of small family farms for the adventurous visitor to discover. What makes Green Bluff unique in the entire country is the large association of over 30 farms within about 12 square miles. They host seasonal “pick your own” activities and festivals which run from Spring to Falls and even the holidays. Green Bluff is located about 15 minutes north of Spokane, nestled at the foothills of Mt. Spokane. Each farm has it’s own schedule of events, with some farms open all year round. Check their website for an event calendar!
Travel the North Idaho Centennial Trail
Walk, run, bike, roller blade, there are plenty of options here! The Centennial trail stretches 24 miles: from the lovely mountainous ranges of Higgin’s Point off Lake Coeur d’Alene, through Spokane along the river! This is a multi-use recreational trail offers numerous scenic rest areas and historical interpretive signs to enhance your enjoyment of one of the most majestic trail systems in the country.
Explore the Post Falls Dam
One of the phenomenal scenic destinations along the Centennial trail is the Post Falls Park. This is a beautiful, 22-acre park that includes picnic shelters, accessible paved pathways, historical interpretive signs, restrooms, a playground, and scenic views of the dam and gorge. A fishing pond dedicated for youth & handicapped individuals creates the centerpiece for this historic attraction. Bring a lunch and even some bread for the ducks and groundhogs that roam the park! This site is especially enjoyable during spring when the damn waters run strong.
Skip along the Mudgy Moose Trail
If your children are fans of Mudgy and Millie, this could be an especially exciting activity! The Mudgy Moose Trail, created in conjunction with the City of Coeur d’Alene Parks Department, begins at the base of Tubbs Hill and concludes at Independence Point, where Mudgy discovers that Millie was hiding close by all along.The 2-1/4 mile Mudgy Moose Trail along Lake Coeur d’Alene and through Downtown Coeur d’Alene features five life-size bronze statues positioned at locations where Mudgy pauses in his search for Millie. Watch for the Mudgy Moose Trail signs which will guide you along the trail which is free to explore. Along your expedition, stop to enjoy the new CDA park at the base of Tubb’s Hill. Bring your hiking shoes along with your bathing suit as there are many points to stop and take a swim along the Tubb’s Hill trails!
Take a walk on the wild side
If you would like to take a grand adventure beyond the city limits, take a camping trip! There are numerous places to camp with your family and enjoy the wild side of the Northwest. Here are some places you can venture:
– Bumblebee – Riverside State Park
– Coeur d’Alene KOA – Spokane KOA
– Farragut State Park – Nine Mile Recreation Area
– Mokin’s Bay
For your K9 family member
In case you have a special pet, there are fun adventures for them too! High Bridge Dog Park is located in Spokane at approximately 4.5 acres. This park land includes wooded trails, open space and a large bowl-shaped slope. SCRAPS Dog Park is located closer to Idaho in Liberty Lake, Washington and became the first open-leash park in 2006. Coeur d’Alene also offers dog parks including Cherry Hill Dog Park and Central Bark. For great insider tips to bringing your pet to the local dog parks, visit Dog About Town.
Getting outdoors couldn’t be anymore enjoyable or convenient in the Great Northwest. Break out of the wintertime blues and explore a few of these places this summer, you may be surprised at what you can find!