Providing a wonderful view of the Columbia River and the hills surrounding the city, Riverfront Park is certainly one the jewels of Wenatchee. The park also provides a home for the Wenatchee Riverfront Railway and the Art on the Avenues Sculpture Garden. The park also has the River Loop Trail pass through its edge along the river.
Most of the park is fairly open grass, and appears to be a wonderful place for a picnic.
Other than enjoy the wonderful setting, and maybe fly a kite if the wind happens to be blowing (and the huge open grass field is certainly a possibility of a spot to fly a kite!) and walk on the river trail, and explore the sculpture garden, there isn't much else to do in this park.
Running a significant loop around the Columbia River through Wenatchee, this trail is a wonderful way to get a bit of a walk or bike ride in.
The actual distance depends on who you ask, and also depends on what branches you take of the main trail. Reported distances range from 9.9 to 11 miles (16.5 to 18.3 km).
There are a number of good starting points, but most likely you will want to start in either Walla Walla Point Park or Riverfront Park. Both of those have decent parking and are reasonably close to downtown Wenatchee.
Wenatchee Confluence Park is also a reasonably good starting point, and that is a state park with camping available, so it is a valid overnight location as well.
There is at least one bike guide that puts bikes onto Hawley Street, but this is not necessary. There is an alternate route that runs north along the river. So, a nearly all-vehilce noise free route is possible. The places where you will run into vehilce noise from busy highways are the Frances Farmer Memorial Bridge (highway 2) on the north end of town, and along highway 28 on the southeast corner of the loop.
The southern end of the loop crosses the Columbia River on a dedicated trail bridge that was made from an outdated road bridge that could no longer handle modern traffic.
As pedestrian and bike traffic are intermixed here, please try to be patient, and remember that you are passing through a number of city parks and at least one state park. You *will* have conflicts with children, dogs, and most likely a few adults. Try to obey the rules of the trail, and share it equally.
Sculptures and Artwork are along the trail, especially in the Riverfront Park area, as that is where the Art on the Avenues Sculpture Garden is located.
You will find a few small beaches along the trail. There are no explicit rules against swimming, but keep in mind that the river can be cold and fast, and there isn't any lifeguard around. Be careful and swim at your own risk. Also remember fishing lines can cause a tangle hazard.
Most of the loop trail provides a wonderful view of the city and surrounding hills but there are a few places where these views are blocked due to trees growing on both sides. Remember that wildlife likes to enjoy these waterfront trees, so there is a good reason to keep them there.
Located at the southern end of a curve in the Columbia River, Walla Walla Point park is located right on the River Loop Trail. Along with this trail, it also features a few minor trails that wander through the park. There is a fairly nice playground, a small bay that seems to encourage fishing, and a small beach that apparently has no lifeguard and duty ("Swim at your own risk").
Sports facilities include tennis courts.
The park is owned and operated by the Chelan County Public Utility District.
Art work in the park includes "Coyote Leading the Salmon".
Officially speaking, the sculpture garden is located inside Riverfront Park, though the sculptures are spread north and south along the riverfront walkway, and fall outside the park area to some extent.
Many of the sculptures here are on temporary display, and may be sold (price tags are on the identification signs).
So, while the sculptures that you see when you visit may or may not be the same ones that are in these photos, you can be that the sculptures will be a similar mixture of whimsey, skill, and creativity.
The concept is fairly simple: artists loan their artwork to the art group for temporary 1 year public display. At the end of the display time, one of the pieces will be purchased for permanent display. The display of the artwork encourages the public to purchase those items that are on display. Unsold pieces are returned to the artists.
While most of the sculptures are located in the sculpture garden along the river, they may also be found in other locations. See the web site for details.
Operated in cooperation with the city parks department, a 10 inch gauge railroad provides rides in the park over a small network of railway lines around the park ground.
Operating days depend on the weather to some extent, and also on the time of year.
Check the city web site (look for Wenatchee Riverfront Railway) or the web site for the railway, below, for the operating timetable. Operations are limited to once a month in some of the off-season months.
The lower paths in the garden provide views of Wenatchee and the river. They are built on a fairly steep hill and their are several signs that warn you about how they may be dangeraous. The admission is 7.00$ for adults and 3.50 for under 17 and free for children under 5 years old. The trail is 4,880 feet or 400 feet short of one mile. The average time to walk the gardens is 45 minutes to one hour.
At the base of the garden is this "Hidden Pool" it reflects the surrounding hillside on a clear day. The admission is 7.00$ for adults and 3.50 for under 17 and free for children under 5 years old. The trail is 4,880 feet or 400 feet short of one mile. The average time to walk the gardens is 45 minutes to one hour.
The Totem Pole Lodge is one of the first things you will pass after entering the park. The admission is 7.00$ for adults and 3.50 for under 17 and free for children under 5 years old. The trail is 4,880 feet or 400 feet short of one mile. The average time to walk the gardens is 45 minutes to one hour.
The ladies that run the place are like your Grand mother Very loving and friendly.
you can sit and watch film on the four seasons of the life of a apple. Then you have :~ Cider tasting, Shopping for the gift and also you can go for an hay ride around part of the site.
This garden is is like a green oasis on the side of the mountain. When you are driving along the Hway and you look across at the mountains which are all brown in the summer , all be it for this green area which is ohme gardens.
When you go take your camera with you. Also you will need flat shoes as it can be a bit uneven under foot. The paths around the garden make it as if you are going from one room to another. So you never no what is around the next corner.
A highlight of any visit to the Rocky Reach Visitor Center is the opportunity for a closeup view of fish passing through the fishway. The fish viewing room, with five windows located on the west side of the fish ladder, allows visitors to watch salmon, steelhead, trout and other species continue their upstream migration to spawning areas. Salmon and steelhead are seasonal visitors. The best months of the year to see chinook salmon are May and August. Sockeye salmon are most visible during July, and it's September for steelhead. 'Look a salmon in the eye' in the fish viewing room, located downstairs in the Visitor Center at Rocky Reach Dam.
Washington Apple Commission Visitors Center
Offer an in-depth look at the state's largest agricultural industry. In apple production alone, Washington is by far the national leader, providing more than half the fresh apples eaten in America.
Perched high on a rock bluff overlooking the Wenatchee Valley, is the achievement of sixty years of work by the Ohme family. Their efforts have gradually transformed the once barren hill into one of Americas leading gardens, visited by travelers from around the world.
The Visitor Center's small theater, with a seating capacity of 70, shows movies upon request. Guided generator tours are available during the summer months.