gnome trail

Exploring the Gnome Trail in Maple Valley

The Gnome Trail in Maple Valley is pure tiny human magic. The 0.7-mile loop will have your kiddo racing through the woods in wonder and…

Cat Tales Wildlife Center in Spokane

A Trip to Cat Tales Exotic Wildlife Center

Lions and tigers and bears, OH MY! My mom, sister, her three little girls and I went on an adventure to the Cat Tales Wildlife…

Cordata Park Bellingham

Spending A Day at Cordata Park

If you are anywhere near Bellingham, Washington, up in the Northwest part of Washington near the Canadian border and not too far away from the…

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Exploring Lynden City Park

What kind of park-goer are you? Are you the kind that likes to go by yourself for a nice stroll or brisk walk with a…

Thorp Mill building and bridge

Visiting the Historic Thorp Mill and Museum

Driving along Interstate-90 through Central Washington yields a myriad of picturesque views. From the barns with unique quilted emblems, to the groves of trees and…

Coulee City Community Park playground

A Big Treasure In Coulee City

Crunch, crunch, crunch, swoosh crrr… run, jump, slip and slide down the twisty, turny, steep green slide — hoping not to shoot off the edge.…

Campground at Blake Island

Spending A Weekend On Blake Island State Park

Twenty-seven minutes to paradise. That is it. Twenty-seven minutes. Okay, it’s Blake Island Marine State Park, but to us, it’s a local paradise. Your arrival…

Native American artifacts at the Yakima Museum

Visiting Museums in Yakima

Yakima is truly an amazing place. Yes, I grew up here, so it should be pretty easy for me to make that comment. Every once…

yakima arboretum

Visiting the Yakima Area Arboretum

As the weather begins to change and spring is upon us, it is finally time to stop being cooped up inside and spend some time…

whale watching in the san juan islands

Wandering Washington’s Whale Trail

As a 90’s kid, Warner Bros’ “Free Willy” was my introduction to Orcas. I imagined myself as Jesse, fist high in the air screaming “Yeah!”…

birding in olympia

One Hour Birding in Olympia, Washington

When I decided to write a birding feature for Explore Washington State, I wracked my brain about which of my favorite birding locales I would…

Get Off-Screen and Outdoors With a Scavenger Hunt

For those who read the recent article about escaping COVID screen time and getting outdoors, you saw a list of six or so activities to…

squires lake in Alger

Squires Lake: A Fun Loop Hike With Kids or Pups!

If you’re seeking fresh air and nature’s beauty and you don’t want to go too far – Squires Lake is an ideal hike to explore! …

playing frisbee at the beach

Get Kids Outdoors to Escape Screen Time

This past year was more than enjoyable for many people. Most were fearful of the new COVID-19 illness, while others escaped into the glorious outdoors.…

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Spending an Hour in Cle Elum

If you are a Washington resident, or even a newcomer to the state, you know that driving over the Snoqualmie Pass can be treacherous at…

Sweet Mickey's candy shop in Seattle

A Trip to Sweet Mickey’s, Ballard’s Sweetest Shop

Walking inside Sweet Mickey’s retro-styled candy store on Ballard Avenue, I was expecting to learn more about the eternal appeal of crafted sugar in all…

kids hiking on a trail on Mt St. Helens

Visiting Mount St. Helens With Kids

Washington State has many amazing, beautiful places to visit, but none are quite as unique as Mount St. Helens. Before its eruption in 1980, Mount…

Bi-Zi farms tractor

Celebrate Fall at Bi-Zi Farms Pumpkin Patch

The leaves turning orange and red and the crisp autumn air are all signs that the seasons are changing, but there is nothing that says…

Visiting Canter-Berry Farms: More Than Just a U-Pick Blueberry Farm

Along a winding country road beneath the shadow of Mt. Rainier lies a blueberry farm fondly known as Canter-Berry Farms. To the unknowing tourist, the…

A Day at the Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park

Central Washington is home to a multitude of state parks, each with their own unique features and viewpoints. If you’re looking for a daylong adventure…

Visiting Wallaby Ranch in Fall City

Wallaby Ranch in Fall City is easily one of the…

Point-Ruston-waterfront

Visiting Tacoma’s Point Ruston

Point Ruston and the surrounding waterfront have come a long…

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Exploring Flaming Geyser State Park

Looking for an outdoor activity in Auburn? With interesting geological features,…

Riverfront Park Spokane in Washington

Have you visited Riverfront Park in Spokane WA? If you…

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When It Rains- Kid Edition

This guest post was written by Mercedes Benedict. A toddler mom…

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The Grant County Fair & the Moses Lake Roundup

Written by: Leanna Cushman – @leannacushman If the only thing you…

Fun ideas for a day in Seattle with kids

Fun ideas for a day in Seattle with kids

This guest post was written by Terumi Pong from “An Emerald City…

Worlds Longest Beach Sign Long Beach Wa , Explore Washington State

Camille Takes Us to Long Beach

Hola, my name is Camille. Viewpoints are my ultimate weakness,…

The Brothers Greenhouses Hobbit House

The Brothers Greenhouses

You may have heard of The Brothers Greenhouses before. They…

Long Beach Kite Museum

World Kite Museum in Long Beach, WA

Kites are a common sight on the beaches of Southwestern…

Olympic Game Farm

Olympic Game Farm

Open for over 40 years, the Olympic Game Farm in…

Spokane River

Garbage Eating Goat-Statue

Installed in 1974, this goat statue does indeed eat your…

The Grant County Sand Dunes and ORV Park

Four miles outside of Moses Lake, you can find The…

Point Defiance Park in Tacoma Washington

Point Defiance Park

Point Defiance Park in nestled at the end of the…