One day in Wenatchee

I recently received an email through the blog contact form:

“Hi Wenatchee Moms! I stumbled on your blog by accident! I have a dilemma – I’m the oldest of four — two of us live north of Seattle and two of us live in Spokane. So Wenatchee happens to be right in the middle of the two towns! My question is, if you had one day in Wenatchee — with eight (between the four of us) kids ages 4-10 —what would you do? I found a museum on your blog and the bowling alley. Anything else more creative? Also, we are meeting in April, so weather is a factor.”

I love playing tour guide whenever friends and family visit, and I love this little town, so answering this question was super fun. Here’s what I wrote. Feel free to share it with your own out-of-town guests, and let me know what you would add to this list:

If the weather is nice, take the kids down to the Loop Trail. It’s about 11 miles of paved trail that runs on both sides of the Columbia River, great for walks, running, biking or scooter rides. And there are parks all along the route. There’s a large playground area at Walla Walla Point Park and further south on the trail you’ll find Pybus Public Market.

Pybus is a must-do when you’re in Wenatchee. Shops, restaurants, coffee, just a neat market vibe. And check times for the Wenatchee Valley Farmers Market, which is held at Pybus on the weekends. (Farmers Market opening day is May 13 this year.)

Also on the Loop Trail, you’ll find the Wenatchee Riverfront Railway — a kid-sized choo-choo ride through a grassy park.

There are a couple play gyms if you want the little kids to run or bounce off some energy. They both hold open gym hours on the weekends. ( (

Strolling through Downtown Wenatchee is always fun. There’s a used book store, coffee, cute stores.

Check out Rocky Reach Dam and teach the kids about hydropower and salmon. There’s a museum and really nice playground there.

Or go for a hike. Saddle Rock is the most popular family-friendly hike in town. There are also some gorgeous hikes that start up at Mission Ridge, just about 10 minutes out of town.

And I didn’t even get into day trips around Wenatchee. I mean, Leavenworth? Chelan? Cashmere? There’s SO much fun stuff to do in our valley! So, one day here with children… What do you think we should add to this list? What’s your go-to thing to do with visitors?

(Wenatchee World file photos. Top photo: Taken by Mike Bonnicksen. Four-year-old Joel Brownlee, center, waves his train ticket, as he joins other classmates in a ride on the Wenatchee Riverfront Railway in 2013. Second photo: Taken by Don Seabrook. Ellie Parker, 3, Wenatchee, and her mom, Julie Parker, walk through the Wenatchee Valley Farmers Market in 2014. Last photo: Taken by Mike Bonnicksen. Participants in the Spring Break Hiking & Nature camp hike on Saddle Rock in 2016.)