Washington January 05, 2018
10 Totally Free Things You Can Do In Washington This Winter
Washington winters are beautiful, but they can definitely bring on the post-holiday blues. Luckily, our state remains active all winter long, and there are plenty of things to do this season… and plenty of them don’t cost a thing. Here are 10 examples of ways to keep busy until spring (without opening your wallet).
1. Head to Chelan between January 12 and 21 for the annual Lake Chelan Winterfest.
Some activities here, like the Wine Walk and Alefest, do cost money. But you'll also find plenty of free activities, and if you live within driving distance, you won't have to pay for a hotel room.
2. Take a walk through Tacoma's WW Seymour Botanical Conservatory.
While there is a suggested $3 donation to help maintain the costs, admission to this beautiful place is always free.
3. Find the nearest sledding hill and entertain your inner child.
If you're lucky enough to live in the part of the state that gets snow, take full advantage of all the free sledding around you. It's fun at any age.
4. Bundle up, find a year-round Farmers Market and browse.
Some markets, like the West Seattle Farmers Market, stay open all winter.
5. Take a winter stroll through downtown Spokane and see how incredible everything looks this time of year.
Riverside Park, the historic Maple Street Bridge, and Spokane Falls are all so beautiful in the winter.
6. Warm up at an art gallery and enjoy the creativity of local artists.
This is Walla Walla's Studio Two Zero Two, one of many gorgeous galleries in Washington open to the public.
7. Take part in your local Art Walk.
Almost all of our cities and towns have some kind of free monthly art walk (this is Bellingham's, held on the first Friday of every month).
8. Go on a free boat ride.
The Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle offers free boat rides every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., all year long, rain or shine (only strong winds can stop them). Sign ups begin at 10 a.m., and you must sign up in person.
9. Go for a beautiful winter hike.
The majority of our hiking trails stay open all year, and if you have the right gear, they're extremely fun and beautiful. Pictured is part of the 6-mile Snow Lake Trail near Snoqualmie Pass.
10. Take a day trip to Leavenworth for Bavarian Ice Fest.
This year's festival is January 13-14, and it's a beautiful time of year to go.
It’s going to be another amazing year here in Washington. Check out these
unique festivals every Washingtonian should experience.