About Attractions & Things to Do
Information about attractions and things to do is provided for Tri-Cities Washington and other nearby communities including Benton City, Connell, Dayton, Hermiston, Milton-Freewater, Moses Lake & Grant County, Pendleton, Prosser, Toppenish, Waitsburg, Walla Walla, and Yakima (see List of Cities & Counties and Area Maps). Find attractions and things to do by community:
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Annual Attractions in the Tri-Cities
- Cool Desert Nights (classic car and street rod event)
- Corvettes on the Columbia
- Mariachi & More Festival
- Sacajawea Bluegrass Festival & Dutch Oven Rendezvous
- Tri-Cities Geocoin Challenge
The following is a list of community calendars for the Tri-Cities:
Here are a couple of community attractions in the Tri-Cities:
The REACH Museum
(1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland)
The REACH Museum (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.
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.
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. The carousel consists of 45 horses, three chariots and other features. It averages between 1800 and 2500 riders per weekend.
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.
B Reactor - Manhattan Project National Historical Park
(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 Washington Guide
There are a lot of other attractions and things to do in the Tri-Cities area that are covered by other topics on Tri-Cities Washington Guide that include:
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.
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.
The Dayton Chamber of Commerce provides information about lodging and dining, maps, history, events, and recreation.
The following are some of the attractions in Dayton:
- All Wheels Weekend - June
- Blue Mountain Brix & Brew - beer & wine social, benefit silent auction - March
- Blue Mountain Station
- Boldman House Museum
- Chief Spring's Fire and Irons Brew Pub - small batch hand-crafted ales and pub food
- Christmas Kickoff - November
- Columbia County Fair - September
- Dayton on Tour - fall festival, art walk, historic home tours - October
- Historic Dayton Depot - the oldest surviving train depot in the state
- Historic Districts - self-guided walking tours
- Monteillet Fromagerie - artisanal chevre cheeses
- Mule Mania - three-day Mule & Donkey competition - May
- The Liberty Theater - current movies, art shows, stage productions
The Milton-Freewater Chamber of Commerce provides information about attractions, lodging and dining, wineries, and area highlights.
Moses Lake & Grant County Communities
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 attractions, 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
Grant County Tourism provides information about 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:
- Ephrata - Sage-n-Sun Family Festival - August
- Ephrata - Basin Summer Sounds Music Festival - July
- Grand Coulee - Grand Coulee Dam
- Grand Coulee - World Famous Grand Coulee Dam Laser Light Show
- George - The Gorge Amphitheater
- George - Wild Horse Monument
- Othello - Othello Sandhill Crane Festival - March
- Soap Lake - Fun in the Mineral Waters
Travel Pendleton provides information about lodging, restaurants, eateries & pubs, and local attractions.
Roads2 Day Adventures invites you to "Passing through Pendleton" day trips around Pendleton, Boardman, Milton-Freewater, and Walla Walla.
The following are some of the attractions in Pendleton:
- Children's Museum of Eastern Oregon
- Heritage Station Museum
- Oregon East Symphony and Chorale
- Pendleton Air Museum
- Pendleton Cattle Barons Weekend - May
- Pendleton Center for the Arts
- Pendleton Round-up Rodeo - September
- Pendleton Underground Tours
- Pendleton Woolen Mills
- Prodigal Son Brewery & Pub
- Tamastslikt Cultural Institute
- Wildhorse Resort and Casino
Tour Prosser provides information about lodging and dining, wineries, recreation, and attractions.
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:
- 4th of July Show & Shine
- Annual Harvest Festival - September
- Art Walk & Wine Gala - July
- Benton County Historical Museum
- Blue Flame Spirits - distillery & tasting room
- Chukar Cherries - various products made from cherries
- Family Christmas Festival - late November
- Horse Heaven Hills Brewery
- Princess Theater & Valley Theater Company
- Prosser Balloon Rally - September
- Prosser Beer and Whiskey Festival - August
- Prosser States Day - September
- Scottish Fest - June
- Uncommon Threads Quilting & Fiber Arts Festival - June
- Wineries & Wine Tasting Rooms
- Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center
- Whitstran Brewing Co.
The Toppenish Chamber of Commerce provides information about attractions, lodging and dining, and area highlights.
The City of Waitsburg is located a short distance from the Tri-Cities as you drive towards Dayton and has several small town attractions.
The following are some of the attractions in Waitsburg:
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.
Visit Walla Walla
Tourism Walla Walla maintains Visit Walla Walla that provides information about attractions, arts, outdoors, wines, restaurants, and lodging in Walla Walla.
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. You can get more information from the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Walla Walla Visitors Guide
The Walla Walla Union Bulletin has published the 2016/17 Walla Walla Visitors Guide that you can view online.
Some of the attractions in Walla Walla include the following:
- 4th of July Celebration
- Burwood Brewing Company
- Feast Walla Walla & Guitar Festival - April
- Fort Walla Walla Museum
- Gesa Power House Theatre
- Holiday Parade of Lights - December
- Kirkman House Museum
- Mill Creek Brew Pub
- Pioneer Park Aviary
- Shakespeare Walla Walla
- Walla Walla Balloon Stampede - October
- Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival - January
- Walla Walla Distilling Company
- Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days - August
- Walla Walla Summer Dance Festival - July
- Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival - June
- Walla Walla Valley Quilt Festival - September
- Wheelin' Walla Walla Weekend - September
- Wine Events
- Wineries & Wine Tasting Rooms
Walla Walla Live Music Scene
To find live music in Walla Walla, view the following:
The Committee for Downtown Yakima
The Committee for Downtown Yakima provides information about shopping, dining, events, arts and culture, and lodging.
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.
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 provides information about things to see and do in Downtown Yakima, Prosser, Toppenish, Union Gap and Zillah. You can stop by the Yakima Valley Visitor's Center in Yakima. They also have an online Yakima Valley Travel Guide.
Some of the attractions in Yakima include the following:
- A Case of the Blues and All that Jazz - August
- Annual Luminaria
- Bale Breaker Brewing
- Central Washington State Fair - September
- Fresh Hop Ale Festival - October
- Holiday Light Parade - December
- McAllister Museum of Aviation
- Roots & Vine Festival - May
- Wine Festivals
- Wineries & Wine Tasting Rooms
- Yakima Craft Brewing Co.
- Yakima Folklife Festival - July
- Yakima Speedway
- Yakima Valley Museum
- Yakima Valley Trolleys
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.