Signature Events that have Adventure written all over them!
Adventures in Richland
There is a lot to explore in Richland! Our sunny weather, ample outdoor activities and many recreational amenities are tough to beat!
May we suggest you start your morning at The Spudnut Shop? As seen on the Food Network’s Unwrapped and the Travel Channel’s special, Donut Paradise, The Spudnut Shop is world-famous and is Richland’s oldest coffee shop.
Unique Shops and Hidden Gems
Take a stroll around the Uptown Shopping Center and poke your head into the many unique small businesses in Richland. Don't miss the Octopus' Garden, a local favorite and tourist destination that has been described as an "oddly curious novelty store" or Adventures Underground, a must see-to-believe book, music, game and novelty store, with an adjacent Caterpillar Cafe.
The Richland Parkway and overall Business District in downtown Richland is also a fun place to find a unique lunch or dinner (no chain stores here) and small, local retail businesses. It's also the backdrop of the Market at the Parkway held every Friday from 9:00 a.m/ tp 1:00 p.m., June through October.
Enjoy the Waterfront
Riverfront Trail and other bicycle or walking paths
Urban Greenbelt Trail is a 3.25 trail that encircles the city. It is an easy, flat trail, but has no water fountains along with way.
Wheelhouse Community Bike Shop - Richland
Wheelhouse Community Bike Shop - Kennewick
Rent or purchase paddle boards, kayaks, gear or take a lesson – Columbia River Kayak and Adventures
Rent or purchase bicycles, tandem kayaks or paddle boards - just a block from Howard Amon Park –Greenies
Rent paddleboards, take a class or go on a group paddle - visit Northwest Paddleboarding.
Kayak or float a portion of the 30-mile Tapteal Water Trail on the Yakima River.
Take a jet boat tour up to the Hanford National Monument or to the lower Snake River on Columbia Jet Boat Journeys.
Take a 1.5 hour lunch or 2.5 hour dinner cruise, or just hop on for the sheer enjoyment of a extravagant cruise on the Columbia River on Water2Wine Cruises.
Take a Hike or Explore!
*Photograph by Rick Zimmerman, Friends of Badger Mountain organization.
There are a lot of places to explore in Richland! For a detailed list of natural habitats, check out the Tapteal Greeway website. It features the natural side of Richland and provides a number of fun, family-friendly adventures.
Richland has an abundance of parks, whether they are riverside, neighborhood parks or playfields. Some of the parks you shouldn't miss include:
Howard Amon Park: This park is along the Columbia River and has something for every age! Relax, picnic, or play at the Sturgeon Cove or tennis courts. There is also a snack bar open in the summer season.
Leslie Groves Park: This park is in North Richland and also parallels the river. Amenities include a beach volleyball court, swimming area, playground and covered shelters.
Goethals Nature Park: This one is for nature lovers! Play in the small, man-made stream or explore other nature-scapes. There is also a playground and plenty of room for a picnic.
Things to See or Do
Visit The Reach Museum, for a scientific and cultural history of the Tri-Cities and Hanford. There are also weekly activities for all ages. Be sure to check out their calendar of events.
Take a tour of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). Tours are usually the second Saturday of the Month at 1:30 or the fourth Friday of the month at 3:00 p.m.