Whether visiting Walla Walla on vacation or you’re a local resident, there are countless activities to indulge in year-round. This quaint but beautiful town serves as a great escape from the hustle and bustle of busy city life, offering beautiful scenery and a rich culture that’s just waiting to be explored. From evening and weekend events to full day adventures, below, we’ve covered some of the best activities Walla Walla has to offer.
1. Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival
If you happen to find yourself with nothing to do in Walla Walla Valley during the month of June, look no further than the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival. This month-long celebration packs together more than 30 diverse events including things like a concert series, wine tasting, portraits of artists, and plenty more for the whole family to enjoy. There is no better way to indulge in Walla Walla culture and experience beautiful music all in one between a number of free events for the entire community and paid events for a more intimate setting with some of the amazing artists that participate.
2. Check Out Palouse Falls
When you have an itch to experience the majesty of nature and make a day of it, few places will take your breath away like Palouse Falls. Located just over an hour outside of Walla Walla, Palouse Falls offers stunning scenery as far as the eye can see, often being revered as one of the nation’s most beautiful waterfalls. Whether planning a tasty picnic atop the falls, a hike down to the base for a swim in the river, or even some rock climbing along the face of cliffs, there’s something for everyone to do here.
3. Blue Mountain Land Trust Events
The Blue Mountain Land Trust works to conserve and protect scenic, natural, and working lands that characterize the Blue Mountain region to ensure many future generations will still be able to enjoy nature as it is today. Outside of conservation efforts, they also host a wide range of events throughout the year that the whole family can participate in. Including things such as guided nature walks, visiting scenic landmarks, vineyard tours, and even educational outings, this is a great way to get involved with the community and experience nature.
4. Walla Walla Food Truck Night
Taking place on the first Monday of each month from April to October, the Walla Walla Food Truck night is a great way to cure the back to work blues. From 5-9, you can taste and experience diverse food from 15 different local trucks, ensuring that there’s something for everyone’s taste. If you’ve been wanting to partake in the growing food truck movement, this event is a must see and great way to support local business. From savory craft foods to decadent desserts, we guarantee you’ll leave with a happy, full stomach.
5. Hiking in Walla Walla
When you just need to get out of the house and stretch your legs a bit, consider exploring one of the many hiking trails that Walla Walla has to offer. Between the breathtaking scenery and miles of trails to choose from, you’ll quickly find yourself leaving all worries behind and getting lost in beautiful landscapes. Whether looking for a short, easy trail that’s close to home or a day long adventure, Walla Walla has a hiking trail for everyone. To enjoy this activity, you need nothing more than a good pair of shoes and the spirit of an adventurer.
6. Catch a Movie at the Drive-In
The Milton-Freewater Drive-In theatre is a date night hotspot where you can indulge in a good movie the old fashion way – from your car! Combining a retro theme with modern movies that change every weekend, this is a great way to switch things up when you’re tired of going to the same old movie theater. Whether snuggling up with your date or taking the family out for a fun experience, this activity is sure to create some great memories.
7. Bird Watching
When you want to do something more relaxed that involves enjoying nature and wildlife, consider the age old activity of bird watching. As it turns out, Walla Walla is home to over 300 different species of birds that can be seen throughout the various habitats. Some of the best places to find some avian friends are at local parks such as Hood Park, Fish Hook Park, Rooks Park, and any of the nature preserves. Be sure to bring your camera and notebook so you can document all of the birds you see!
8. Learn About the History of Walla Walla
Walla Walla is rich with historical sites and museums that can easily take up an entire weekend depending on where you go. The Whitman Mission National Historic Site, which was one of the most important stops along the Oregon trail, is one of Walla Walla’s most popular attractions where you can explore the remains of the community and even see a portion of the Oregon Trail. Fort Walla Walla Museum is another must see destination, taking you through the diverse history of the fort with some truly amazing exhibits.
9. Bike Your Way to a Good Time
Walla Walla is one of Washington’s top cycling destinations thanks to the beautiful scenery, rural farm roads, and miles of trails that take you anywhere you want to go. You can also bike through downtown Walla Walla and make an adventure out of it as you check out local shops and craft eateries. On the other hand, if you’re up for more of a challenge, you can try biking through the Blue Mountains for some steep trails and sharp turns.
10. Support Local Farmers
Walla Walla began as a farming community, and that culture is still alive and well. There are lots of ways for visitors and locals alike to enjoy the fruits of this labor – sometimes quite literally. Walla Walla Sweet onions (the official vegetable of Washington) is in season. There are also a plethora of local fruits and vegetables that can make your summer cooking more fun. Visit the local farmer’s markets. The Downtown Farmers Market is open Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM, or stop by one of the road side stands to support local farmers and vendors. Not interested in food? Visit the Blue Mountain Lavender Farm which sits on 2 acres and features 25+ varieties of lavender.