Close Menu

Fun Things to Do Around Spokane

Whitworth has 200 acres of stately pines, wide-open green spaces and first-rate facilities – right in the middle of one of the most scenic regions in the U.S. The Spokane area offers a thriving community life and abundant outdoor activities.

Click the buttons below to explore our interactive map and see places of interest near Whitworth.

  • 1 mile

  • 10 miles

  • 100 miles

Within 1 mile/10 minutes of campus

  • Frank's Diner: Arguably the best breakfast in Spokane, this restaurant lives inside an old rail car turned diner car and prepares omelets, benedicts, bakery items and lunch food for its guests.
  • Ritters: Right up Division, this garden and gift shop has it all: gnomes, candy, a nursery filled with leafy plants, quirky souvenirs, houseplants, and a wide variety of pots. It is also home to some feline friends.
  • Wasabi Bistro & Sushi Bar: Within walking distance of campus, students enjoy sushi and company here.
  • Village Centre Cinema: Village Centre Cinemas boasts 12 movie screens.
  • Didier's Yogurt & More: Tuesday-night froyo is a Whitworth tradition.
  • Wonderland offers mini-golf, go-carts, batting cages, bumper boats, laser tag and more.
  • Pattison's North: Take a Friday night and roller skate your way into the weekend with fun, food and friends at this local roller rink.
  • Atilanos: Famous for their giant burritos, this Mexican restaurant also makes some mean enchiladas, nachos and tacos.
  • Thomas Hammer: A coffee shop central to Spokane and North Idaho, this location also sits on the same lot as the Fairwood Farmers Market, which lasts into October.
  • Zip's Drive In: A short walk across Hawthorne will bring you to Zip's, a fast-food joint with burgers, chicken strips, fries, mozzarella sticks and more, only available in the Inland Northwest.
  • Costco: Prepping for life in the residence halls or your first year off campus? A short five-minute drive on Newport means easy access to Costco's best.
  • Head to Holmberg Park to play ultimate Frisbee, softball, tennis and basketball, or hike in the 104-acre Holmberg Conservation Area.
  • Mind & Hearth: The Mind & Hearth Coffee House invites patrons to wake up and smell the fresh brewed selection of Doma coffee, listen to the hum of chatter and studying, or kick back and relax with the cozy atmosphere and indoor fireplace.

  • Target: Stock up on snacks, school supplies and room décor.
  • Five Guys Burgers & Fries: Handmade burgers, and peanuts while you wait!
  • De Leon's: Within walking distance, stop in for street tacos and traditional Mexican food.
  • Wandermere Golf Course: A popular public course with affordable prices and scenic views.
  • Fred Meyer: Close to campus and great for buying laundry detergent, instant coffee and a houseplant all in one trip.
  • Shari's: Open 24 hours, this restaurant is most popular for its delicious pie shakes – excellent location for late-night celebration and friends.
  • Walmart: The most convenient and cheap place to go at 11 p.m. when all you need is a box of donuts, some pencils, a tennis racquet and a birthday card.
  • Pine Acres Par 3 Golf & Driving Range offers a full 9-hole par 3 golf course, an expansive driving range and a large practice putting green.

Within 10 miles/30 minutes of campus

  • Spokane Arena: Cheer on the Chiefs hockey team or rock out at a national touring concert.
  • Kendall Yards: This new urban neighborhood features scenic views of the Spokane River, fun boutiques, eclectic restaurants and a farmers market with live music.
  • Riverfront Park: Ride a gondola over Spokane Falls, take a spin on the historic Looff Carrousel or skate at the Ice Ribbon. Also walk under the Pavilion, a Spokane landmark built for the Expo '74, and enjoy the free light show on weekend nights.
  • Riverpark Square: Shop at popular national retailers (Nordstrom, The North Face, Urban Outfitters, etc.) and unique boutiques, dine at hip restaurants, nosh at the food court, or watch the latest blockbuster movie.

  • Green Bluff: Visit 25 orchards and farms. Activities include picking apples or other fruits, exploring pumpkin patches, shopping for local jams and cider, and eating the coveted pumpkin donuts.
  • Atticus Coffee & Gifts: Exposed brick walls and old plank floors characterize this cozy shop which offers cafe fare, local roasts, a tea corner, books and gifts. Plus, Atticus and its neighbor, Boo Radley's, are owned by a Whitworth alum.
  • First Interstate Center for the Arts: Broadway touring production, anyone?
  • The Knitting Factory Concert House: A small concert house that welcomes popular alternative bands.
  • Laser Quest: Test your skills in the largest three-level laser arena in the U.S.
  • Bowl and Pitcher: Riverside State Park covers 10,000 acres and is Washington state's largest park. Enjoy hiking, fishing, mountain biking, rock climbing, disc golf, and a swinging bridge at the Bowl & Pitcher scenic area.

  • Mt. Spokane: Ski and snowboard park. Summit at 5880 feet with a skiable vertical rise of 2000 feet, 45 minutes from Spokane.
  • NW Museum of Arts and Culture: Affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution and located in Browne’s Addition, the museum hosts a permanent collection of Inland Northwest artifacts and rotating displays.
  • Rocket Bakery: This local chain has a number of locations around Spokane. Stop into the one on Garland for a quiet study space and great coffee.
  • Garland Theater: Opened in 1945, this discount theater screens movies for just $5 ($2.50 on Wednesdays)!
  • Loon Lake: 28 miles north of Spokane, Loon Lake offers great fishing for kokanee, bass and more.
  • Manito Park: Explore 90 acres on the South Hill including five gardens, a conservatory, bike paths and playgrounds.
  • Finch Arboretum: This extensive botanical garden offers trails through 65 acres with more than 2,000 ornamental trees.
  • Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox: Attend a wide variety of music and theatre events, including performances by the Spokane Symphony and several Whitworth ensembles.

Within 100 miles/2 hours of campus

  • Silverwood Theme Park: The Northwest's largest theme park offers 70 rides, slides and shows.
  • Lake Coeur d'Alene: Less than an hour drive away, this location offers fun for all seasons. Visit the beach, rent a kayak, swim the lake or hike in warm weather; grab a Gooeys sundae or find a coffee shop with friends in colder weather. This is one of 76 lakes and rivers in the region. 
  • Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort offers 2,900 acres of amazing terrain and renowned tree skiing located in the rugged Selkirk Mountains of northern Idaho.
  • The Route of the Hiawatha mountain bike or hike trail is 15 miles long with 10 train tunnels and seven sky-high trestles.
  • Timberline Adventures: Seven zip lines and three sky bridges deliver captivating views of Lake Coeur d'Alene and Mount Spokane.
  • 49 Degrees North: Just one hour from campus atop Chewelah Peak, ride 2,325 acres and over 80 trails. The mountain is known for great grooming and dreamy glades.
  • Sandpoint: This north Idaho city is nestled between three mountain ranges and Lake Pend Oreille. Visit for great outdoor activities, unique shopping, and seasonal festivals and events.