About Attractions & Things to Do

Information about attractions and things to do is provided for the Tri-Cities Washington metropolitan area and other nearby communities including Benton City, Connell, Dayton, Hermiston, Milton-Freewater, Moses Lake & Grant County Communites, Pendleton, Prosser, Toppenish, Waitsburg, Walla Walla, and Yakima from community and tourism related organizations such as Chambers of Commerce, visitor centers, downtown foundations, etc. (see List of Cities & Counties and Area Maps).

Community Events & Things To Do

Visit the author's Blog for a community calendar of things to do in the Tri-Cities area.

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Tri-Cities

Attractions and Annual Events in the Tri-Cities

Tri-Cities Family Expo

Convention Center Events

The following is a list of convention centers in the Tri-Cities that host a variety of events:


Community Attractions

Here are a couple of community attractions in the Tri-Cities:

Hanford Reach Interpretive Center (REACH)

The REACH
(1943 Columbia Park Trail (Columbia Park West) in Richland)

The Hanford Reach Interpretive Center (REACH) was developed to celebrate and learn about the natural and cultural history of the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River and greater Columbia Basin. The REACH is a hybrid institution-part interpretive center, part museum, part visitor center and all about telling the stories of our community.

With just over 18 acres of land, the REACH has lots of room to grow and play. Check out our galleries, take a short hike up our Energy Northwest Animal Trail, explore our community garden, and learn about the history of irrigation in the Mid-Columbia from old wooden pipes to todays circle pivot. Follow us on Facebook

Bechtel National Planetarium

Bechtel National Planetarium
(located in the D Building on the Columbia Basin College campus in Pasco)

The Bechtel National Planetarium, located on the campus of Columbia Basin College in Pasco, provides life-like, high-definition images and sound using the most state-of-the-art projection system in the Pacific Northwest. The 36-foot panoramic viewing dome can simulate a 3-D effect (without the need for strange glasses)!

A typical hour-long show includes a 20-30 minute live presentation and a 25-30 minute full-dome movie. Presentation topics may include solar system or constellation tours, what's visible in the current night sky, and astronomy in the news. Follow us on Facebook

Gesa Carousel of Dreams

GESA Carousel of Dreams
(2901-F Southridge Blvd. in Kennewick)

The Gesa Carousel of Dreams is a world class piece of art that features beautiful turn of the century antique carousel horses that is located in the Southridge Sports and Events Complex in Kennewick for our community to enjoy.

In 2003, a local group of businessmen founded the "Three Rivers Carousel" Foundation and purchased the vintage 1910 Charles Carmel Carousel from Marianne Stevens of Roswell, New Mexico. Community volunteers have spent considerable time and effort to restore the carousel. Follow us on Facebook

B Reactor - Manhattan Project National Historical Park

B Reactor
(Located on the Hanford Site off Highway 24 near Vernita Bridge)

The B Reactor, the world’s first full-scale plutonium production reactor, is currently designated as a National Historic Landmark as part of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. Access to the B Reactor is currently limited to public tours that are offered by the Department of Energy from April through September.

The B Reactor Museum Association has more information about this landmark. Resources related to the history of Hanford including the B Reactor are provided in the Hanford History & B Reactor section of this website that includes an eight minute virtual tour of the B Reactor produced by the Atomic Heritage Foundation.


Tri-Cities Sports Leagues

The Tri-Cities is home to a minor league baseball team, an indoor football league team, a western hockey league team, and a women's flat track roller derby league.


Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau

Tri-Cities Official Visitors Guide

The Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau provides information for tourists including lodging, dining and area attractions. View the Tri-Cities Official Visitors Guide. Follow us on Facebook



Benton City

Benton City Daze

Benton City is located a short distance from the Tri-Cities as you drive up to Prosser and other places of interest in the Yakima Valley and is located at the foot of Red Mountain, a premier wine growing region. Some of the attractions include the following:


Connell

City of Connell

The City of Connell is short drive from the Tri-Cities and offers something for everyone including rock hunting, antiquing, biking, taking in a movie or splashing around at the water park. Some of the attractions include the following:


Dayton

Downtown Dayton

The Dayton Chamber of Commerce Follow us on Facebook provides information for tourists including lodging and dining, maps, history, events, recreation, and area profile. Also, view the Touchet River Valley Visitor's Guide that covers Dayton, Prescott, Starbuck, Waitsburg and Walla Walla. The following are some of the attractions in Dayton:


Hermiston

Hermiston Visitors Guide

The Hermiston Chamber of Commerce provides information for tourists including lodging, dining and area attractions. Also, check out the Hermiston Visitors Guide. The following are some of the attractions in Hermiston:


Milton-Freewater

Milton-Freewater

The Milton-Freewater Chamber of Commerce Follow us on Facebook provides information for tourists including attractions, lodging and dining, wineries, events, and area highlights. Also, check out the Milton-Freewater Visitors Guide. The following are some of the attractions in Milton-Freewater:


Moses Lake & Grant County Communities

Moses Lake Chamber of Commerce

Columbia Basin Herald Publications

The Columbia Basin Herald in Moses Lake has published several guides that you may view online that cover Moses Lake lifestyles, Grant County tourism, hunting and fishing, and more.

Moses Lake Chamber of Commerce

The Moses Lake Chamber of Commerce offers a directory of local attractions that include museums and art centers, Surf 'n Slide Water Park, wildlife refugee and bird watching, fishing and hunting, and sand dunes/off road vehicle recreation.

Local Attractions in Moses Lake

The following are some of the attractions in Moses Lake:

Attractions in other Grant County Communities

Visit Grant County Tourism for information on attractions and things to do in Coulee City, Electric City, Ephrata, George, Grand Coulee, Mattawa, Moses Lake, Othello, Quincy, Royal City, Soap Lake, and Warden. Attraction highlights for some of these communities include the following:


Pendleton

Pendleton Round-Up

The Pendleton Chamber of Commerce Follow us on Facebook provides information for tourists including lodging and dining, maps, history, events, recreation, and area profile. The following are some of the attractions in Pendleton:


Prosser

Prosser

Tour Prosser Follow us on Facebook provides information for tourists including lodging and dining, wineries, recreation, and events. Also, the Prosser Record-Bulletin has published several guides that you can view online that include Prosser Our Town, The Grape Vine, Classic Cars, The Great Prosser Balloon Rally, and a few others.

The following are some of the attractions in Prosser:


Toppenish

Toppenish Mural

The Toppenish Chamber of Commerce provides information for tourists including attractions, lodging and dining, events, and area highlights. The following are some of the attractions in Toppenish:


Waitsburg

City of Waitsburg

The City of Waitsburg is located a short distance from the Tri-Cities as you drive towards Dayton and has several small town attractions.


Walla Walla

Walla Walla Tourism Collage

Downtown Walla Walla Foundation

The Downtown Walla Walla Foundation promotes the history, commerce and culture of downtown Walla Walla including shopping, wine tasting, and food.

Share Walla Walla

Tourism Walla Walla maintains Share Walla Walla to promote the attractions, art, outdoors, wines, restaurants, and lodging in Walla Walla. Follow us on Facebook

Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce

Discover Walla Walla! Whether you're an art enthusiast, wine connoisseur, birder or just looking for a weekend getaway, Walla Walla has something for you. For more information, visit the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce. Follow us on Facebook

Walla Walla Visitors Guide

The Union Bulletin has published the 2014 Walla Walla Visitors Guide that you can view online.

Local Attractions

Some of the attractions in Walla Walla include the following:

Blogs About Walla Walla

365 things to do in Walla Walla

New to Walla Walla, WA? Been around a while and feel like you need to try something new? Check out 365 things to do in Walla Walla.

My Town Walla Walla

Liz Pierce's My Town Walla Walla is about old buildings, current community interests, contests, event info, helping small businesses by promotion, etc.

Nightlife Walla Walla

Horte Hernandez is the voice of Nightlife Walla Walla. It's all in the name of love for Walla Walla! The Night Life, Entertainment, Live Music, Wine Events, Art, Culture, Fundraisers! Any happenings in the Walla Walla Valley, you can find them at Nightlife Walla Walla.

Walla Walla Lifestyles

Walla Walla Lifestyles is a blog about the Walla Walla Valley's people, wine & food. Follow us on Facebook

Walla Walla Live Music Scene

To find live music in Walla Walla, view the following:

Webcams

Watch what's happening around Walla Walla by viewing several webcams.


Yakima

Yakima Valley Visitors Guide

The Committee for Downtown Yakima

The Committee for Downtown Yakima provides information on shopping, dining, events, arts and culture, and lodging. Follow us on Facebook

Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce has a long list of attractions and things to see and do in Yakima and other nearby communities in the Yakima Valley.

Yakima County Development Association

The Yakima County Development Association has published a list of attractions that include museums & attractions, arts & entertainment, food & wine, sports, outdoor recreation, and family things to do.

Yakima Magazine

The Yakima Herald Republic newspaper publishes the Yakima Magazine which is about "High Desert Living." This magazine is community focused on the arts, entertainment, food and wine, home and garden, outdoors, and travel.

Yakima Valley Visitors & Convention Bureau

Yakima Valley Visitors & Convention Bureau promotes things to see and do in Downtown Yakima, Prosser, Toppenish, Union Gap and Zillah. You can visit their Yakima Valley Visitor's Center in Yakima. They also have an online Yakima Valley Travel Guide. Follow us on Facebook

Local Attractions

Some of the attractions in Yakima include the following:

Yakima Live Music Scene

Experience revitalized Downtown Yakima with new wine lounges, restaurants, art galleries, quaint shops and a nearly constant line-up of unique live music. View the Yakima Valley Live music calendar.

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