Walla Walla, WA

5 things to do in Walla Walla this weekend

Mary Jo Manzanares

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Whether you prefer to sample fine food and wine during a weekend break, like to discover a region’s fascinating history, or simply want to kick back and relax, Walla Walla has lots to offer. Browse the farmers market for local fare, explore history at a museum, or enjoy the Balloon Stampede (held in October).

The following suggestions include our favorite activities and events in Walla Walla.

1. Shop at the Downtown Farmers Market

The weekly Farmers Market in downtown Walla Walla is a great place to connect while sampling locally sourced food and drink. It is held in Crawford Park (on Main Street) with vendor booths for locally grown produce and other food, locally made products and gift items, food vendors, and live music.

Location: 106 W. Main St. After a long break, the Walla Walla downtown farmers market re-opened May 1st. Hours are Saturdays, 9 am-1 pm. Website here.

2. Visit Whitman College

A private liberal arts institution, Whitman College in Walla Walla has a beautiful, welcoming 117-acre campus located downtown. Whitman is known not only for its liberal arts programs but also for a strong science program, especially in Biology. If you have college-bound students, a campus visit is a perfect excuse to plan a getaway to Walla Walla.

Location: 345 Boyer Ave. Visitors wearing face coverings and follow social-distancing guidelines are welcome to walk through outdoor areas of the campus. Website here.

3. Discover history at Fort Walla Walla Museum

Discover the history of the Walla Walla region with a visit to the Fort Walla Walla Museum. Occupying a 17-acre site that was a 19th-century military fort, the museum features four exhibition halls and a Pioneer Village complete with furnished buildings that visitors can explore. Living history performances take place, as well as events and activities that cover conservation and regional history.

Location: 755 Myra Road. The museum has now re-opened to the public, with safety and health precaution in place. Hours: Friday-Saturday, noon-5 pm. Website here.

4. Explore the Frenchtown Historic Site

This scenic, 27-acre historic site cover history (Battle of Walla Walla) and nature (trails). The Prince’s Cabin, thought to be the oldest French-Canadian building in Washington State, has recently been restored. Interpretive signage details family histories, the fur trade, the Oregon Trail, and the relationships between settlers and local tribes.

Location: 8364 Old Highway 12. This outdoor site is open daily, from dawn to dusk. Website here.

5. Play in the Park

Pioneer Park dates from 1902 and has big, shady trees as well as colorful flower gardens, walking paths, a bandstand, sports fields, aviary, historic cannon, ponds, and a wedding fountain. There is also a play park for children.

Location: 940 East Alder Street. Parking is available and there is plenty of seating. Hours are daily, 5 am-11 pm. Website here.

Rooks Park occupies an 18-acre site to the east of Walla Walla. Its spacious lawns, shady trees, and a creek with cool water make it a popular spot for picnics. It's a great spot whether you want to enjoy the warm weather, or just enjoy getting outdoors to let off a little steam.

Location: Mill Creek Trail, Bennington Lake (about 10 miles east of Walla Walla). Open Daily, 7 am-8 pm. Website here.

We have recommendations for wine tasting in Walla Walla here:

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