Five More Fun Facts About Spokane, Washington

Spokane Riverfront Park

Spokane is the second largest city in the State of Washington and the largest east of the Cascade Mountains. Spokane is home to a number of great lodging options, some awesome places to eat, and some fun things to do and see including shopping, Riverfront Park, Mt. Spokane, museums, and more.

It’s always fun to know some little known info about some of our local destinations. With that in mind, we hope you enjoy Five Fun Facts About Spokane, Washington.

Happy Father’s Day!

On June 19, 1910, at the YMCA in Spokane, a Father’s Day celebration was held. This was the first celebration of the event. It wouldn’t receive a presidential proclamation until Lyndon Johnson did so in 1966 and in 1972 became a national holiday when signed into law by Richard Nixon.

A Cow Town?

The first settlers in what is now Spokane were cattle ranchers S.R. Scranton and J.J. Downing.

What’s It Mean?

In the local native language, “Spokane” means “Children of the Sun” or “Sun People”.

Hoopfest!

Spokane’s Hoopfest, an annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament, is the largest event of its kind in the world. It began in 1990 and is held on the streets of downtown Spokane.

A Narrow Interstate

The Spokane River Centennial Trail connects Spokane all the way to the Washington-Idaho border. It’s 37 miles in length and follows the Spokane River. At the border, the trail continues on for another 24 miles under the name of the North Idaho Centennial Trail.

Five Great Attractions Within An Easy Drive Of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

The Coeur d'Alene Resort

The Coeur d'Alene Resort

Coeur d’Alene is an amazing city to visit and it offers something for everyone. There are fun things to do, like getting out on the water of the lake that shares the city’s name, and great places to eat and go shopping. Another great part of Coeur d’Alene though is how close it is to several other great attractions. Here is a look at just five of the great attractions you can visit within an easy drive of Coeur d’Alene.

Spokane’s Riverfront Park

If you drive just a short way west from Coeur d’Alene you’ll reach the city of Spokane. Right downtown in Spokane is one of the city’s most popular attractions, Riverfront Park. This amazing parks sits on the grounds of the 1974 World’s Fair, known as Expo ’74. There are paved pathways that lead in all directions that take you for a great tour of the Spokane River, the island areas, the local downtown section, Spokane Falls, and more. The park is also home to an IMAX theater, amusement park games, ice skating in the winter, miniature golf, gondola rides, and more. There’s even a huge oversized Radio Flyer wagon your kids can slide down and a vacuum powered goat sculpture that will suck the garbage right out of your hand. Riverfront Park is great for so many reasons, including everything from all the activities to the amazing history, to the wide open green spaces, and more. If you want to experience Spokane, you can’t do it without visiting Riverfront Park.

Triple Play Family Fun Park

Located in Hayden Lake, just a short drive north from Coeur d’Alene, Triple Play Family Fun Park is a top notch destination for those traveling with kids. This popular attraction features an indoor water park, bowling alley, rope course, bowling, bumper cars, bumper boats, arcade, climbing wall, miniature golf, go karts, and laser tag. If time allows, there’s an on site hotel and you can add a day to your Coeur d’Alene stay and be right there at Triple Play Family Fun Park.

Flathead Lake

Flathead Lake is located east of Coeur d’Alene, across the border in Montana. The small towns of Polson and Kalispell are the main settlements along the lake. Both offer fun things to do too, but it can be a nice time just driving all the way around this large lake. The beautiful Montana scenery viewing options are popular with professional and amateur photographes. If you have more room in your schedule, take the time to get out on the water of Flathead Lake.

Cat Tales Zoological Park

Just a short drive east from Coeur d’Alene is another of the many great local attractions for families, Cat Tales Zoological Park in Spokane. This wildlife park and teaching zoo is home to an excellent selection of animals, including black bears, bobcats, lions, cougars, tigers, and a number of exotic birds. The zoo is easy to navigate for everyone and is definitely one of Spokane’s hidden gems!

Silverwood Theme Park

Silverwood Theme Park is located just a half hour north of Coeur d’Alene and has been a popular destination in the northwest for decades. The park includes rollercoasters, an authentic steam train, as well as lots of shops and chances to get something to eat. It’s also right next to Boulder Beach Water Park. Combining these two attractions makes any visit to Coeur d’Alene a hit, especially if you’re traveling with kids.

Five Fun Facts About Spokane, Washington

Spokane Riverfront Park

The city of Spokane is located in Eastern Washington, is the second largest city in Washington, and is very near to the border with Idaho. The city is a major tourist draw that offers all kinds of things to do and see. Spokane truly is a fun place to go to get away from it all.

Here is a look at five fun facts about the city of Spokane.

A Truly Silent ‘E’

The city was incorporated in 1881 as the city of Spokan Falls. The ‘e’ wouldn’t be added to the city’s name until two years later. Then in 1891, the word “Falls” was dropped and the community has been known as Spokane ever since.

Hockey History

Spokane is home to the Spokane Chiefs hockey team. The Chiefs play in the Western Hockey League and have called Spokane home since 1985. Prior to that, from 1982 when the team was founded through early 1985, the team was located in Canada and was known as the Kelowna Wings.

The Smallest Ever

Expo ’74 was the 1974 World’s Fair and it was held in the city of Spokane. The city had just revitalized its waterfront and downtown area in anticipation of the event and it was a huge hit. At the time, this made Spokane the smallest city ever to host a World’s Fair.

The Tallest Of Them All

The tallest building in Spokane is the Bank of America Financial Center. It measures in at 288 feet tall.

Bloomsday!

Bloomsday, or more fully known as the Lilac Bloomsday Run, is a 12km run that winds through the streets of Spokane. The race was founded in 1977 and was first won by the famous runner, and Olympic gold medal winner in the marathon, Frank Shorter.

Spend the Night in Spokane!

An unforgettable stay is waiting for you at Spokane’s legendary Davenport Hotel!

Our Favorite Things About Spokane, Washington

Our Favorite Things - Spokane

Though we’d been there a number of times, we returned to Spokane not too long ago. This is a city with a lot to offer everyone who travels there. Here is a look at our favorite things we found there this time:

Riverfront Park

Riverfront Park is the most popular attraction in the city, and with good reason. It features a beautiful design, several great wide open green spaces, of course the Spokane River, and several attractions like a carousel, gondolas over the river, an IMAX theater, and more. We lucked out by spending the night in a hotel very near Riverfront Park which meant we could easily spend a lot of time there. The kids kept wanting to go back again and again.

The Garland Theater

After dinner on the first night, we went out to the movies. We decided to skip the latest new release and instead went to The Garland Theater where we saw a movie that had been out for quite awhile. The Garland Theater is a lot less expensive and primarily shows second run films. The cool part about the theater is that it is a sort of landmark and a throwback in its design and feel. Everyone had a great time at The Garland Theater.

Latah Creek Wine Cellars

Spokane has a number of great wineries. We ventured out to Latah Creek Wine Cellars and it was a great experience. We tasted some awesome wines, even found two we liked enough to bring home with us. The grounds and building are beautiful and the staff were so over the top nice. I can’t possibly recommend Latah Creek Wine Cellars more.

Oxford Suites Spokane

Our stay at the Oxford Suites in Spokane was fabulous. The continental breakfast was generous and tasty. Free wireless internet, an indoor pool, and a friendly staff also made it a great place to stay. One of the things that made staying at the Oxford Suites a great decision was its location, so close to Riverfront Park and all the fun times that can be had there.

The Centennial Trail

Connected to Riverfront Park is Spokane’s Centennial Trail. This trail extends for just under 38 miles, stretching fromthe Washington-Idaho border in the east to the community of Nine Mile Falls, just northwest of Spokane. We, of course, didn’t do the entire trail, but walked for an hour or more east from the park before turning back and this trail has such possibilities as a vacation attraction. It really is something special.

An Unforgettable Dinosaur Experience at Jurassic Quest

The destination, or a stop off, on a roadtrip isn’t always a permanent attraction or locale. Sometimes it’s an event.

With an eye finding something for the kids to enjoy, we stopped off in Wenatchee this past weekend. There, at the Town Toyota Center, was an exhibit known as Jurassic Quest.

Jurassic Quest

Jurassic Quest is known as the largest collection of animatronic dinosaurs in the country. They put on a fantastic show with tons of things for kids of all ages. The dinosaur exhibit is amazing and includes all types. There are also versions of the dinosaurs that walk around and even baby dinosaurs held by trainers so they appear to really interact with the children visiting. Talk about some happy looks on their faces.

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In addition to the dinosaur display, Jurassic Quest also includes an area where crafts and fossil making is done. There are also real dinosaur fossils on display which are extremely interesting and popular with older kids and adults.

Jurassic Quest

One of the most popular parts of the exhibit though, especially with the younger kids, is the play area. Jurassic Quest has put together quite an impressive collection of inflatable attractions. There are obstacle courses, a bungee run, slides, climbing walls, and more. There are also large dinosaur rides and plenty of photo taking chances.

A family day out at Jurassic Quest can be a fun time wherever you find this great attraction.

The Wenatchee show was a huge hit.

They next go to Spokane from October 2nd – 4th.

Then Pasco from October 9th – 11th.

They’ll also be in Central Point, Oregon (near Medford) from October 16th – 18th.

Tickets are available at JurassicQuest.com

A Great Hamburger Spot in Spokane: Wolffy’s Hamburgers

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We stopped in at Wolffy’s Hamburgers during our last visit to Spokane and let me tell you, it was a great decision.

Wolffy’s Hamburgers is located on the northeastern corner of the Gonzaga University campus, on the corner of Sharp and Hamilton. This is a small little burger joint and since one of the best ways to find a great meal on the road is by heading to the locally owned places, it seemed like a good option. We walked in the door and were immediately made to feel welcome. The decor, heavy on the Coca-Cola decorations, is fun and helped add to the experience. The menu offered a nice variety but when the place has “Hamburgers” in its name, I’m going to be eating some sort of hamburger.

The food came out pretty fast and it was like eating at a type of fast food restaurant that doesn’t really exist much anymore. I’d even call it a great burger. The kind where you absolutely have to use a napkin to wipe up after pretty much every bite. The portion size was very generous too. The total on the bill wasn’t out of line at all either. It ended up being a satisfying meal all the way around.

That was our first stop at Wolffy’s, but I guarantee it won’t be the last. Next time we make it to the big city of Spokane, a trip out to Wolffy’s is going to definitely be on the table.

Sky High Sports – Spokane

Are you ready to bounce off the walls?

That’s the question asked by Sky High Sports in Spokane, Washington.

Wanting to try something I’d never done before, I “JUMPED” at the chance to check out Sky High Sports when I was recently in Spokane. This is an incredible facility. It is huge and possesses I don’t know how many trampolines that take up all of the space in a large open gymnasium of sorts. There are even angled trampolines along the walls so that when you get to the wall you can bounce back and go the other way.

We had a blast there as I learned to do some tricks I never thought I could do. For me, the most fun was running on the trampolines and then bouncing up on the the angled ones only to bounce back out into the “field of play”.

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Sky High Sports hosts dodgeball tournaments (which must be a blast), birthday parties, AIRobics classes, and special events for large groups. This is one place you cannot help but have a ton of fun at. A real treat for anyone visiting Spokane who wants to get out and be a little active.

Spokane’s Landmark Davenport Hotel

The Davenport Hotel in Spokane is a local treasure and if you get the chance on a road trip through the area, you really need to experience it.

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First, a little history, this amazing building is on the National Register of Historic Places and originally opened in the early 1900s. This hotel has several firsts associated with it. This was the first hotel in the United States with air conditioning. It was also the location where the popular dish Crab Louis was served.

The hotel deteriorated in the latter half of the 20th century, but a complete renovation took place starting with the then vacant building being purchased by new owners in 2000. It has since been restored to the grand hotel that it had been in the early to mid 1900s. The gold leaf around the central fireplace is notable and a detail that is worth checking out.

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I was lucky enough to stay at the Davenport Hotel on my way through Spokane and found it to be an experience that was far different from anything I’ve had before. Many of the visible areas throughout the hotel feature museum quality pieces of art. The rooms are modern and luxurious, but there are enough nostalgic touches there and throughout the public spaces that make it easy to imagine what it must have been like to stay there during the building’s prime.

I also loved the location of the Davenport Hotel. We walked out the front door and many of the best of what Spokane has to offer was right there within walking distance.

The service, cleanliness, and atmosphere cannot be beat in the region. My stay there made me really feel like I was staying in an honest to goodness landmark. Because I was.