Best Attractions & Activities

With all of the things to do and see in a city, deciding how to spend your time can be quite an agonizing decision. 10best has narrowed all of the available attractions in Spokane to a list of the most appealing and reputable, to aide in your decision making. You can rest easy knowing that any choice you make from our list is sure to please.

10 Cat Tales Zoological Park
This zoo is home to various endangered members of the cat family. Here, you can get closer than you might have imagined to tigers, pumas, lions and lynx. Guided tours are available. (509-238-4126)

9 Latah Creek Wine Cellars
Latah Creek is widely regarded as one of the leading Merlot producers in the Pacific Northwest. This classy vineyard located east of downtown Spokane just off Interstate 90, resembles a Spanish mission, and it is one of the most popular in the Spokane Valley. (509-926-0164)

8 Arbor Crest Wine Cellars
Arbor Crest, located on the Royal Riblet Mansion Estate, actually dates back to the 1920s. Guests come out here to see this old stucco home, whose fame as the mysterious playground of the rich was quite widespread in the 1950s. In the old days, the only way to reach the home was by a tram that crossed the river, but today's owners, Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, have made the mansion and their excellent tasting room more accessible to guests. It's worth taking half a day to come up to this cliff-side estate for a little wine tasting and a tour of the beautiful grounds. (509-927-9463, 509-927-9894)

7 Browne's Addition Historic District
This tree-lined historic area is noteworthy for its lovely potpourri of bungalows, prairie-Victorian mansions and prairie-style homes, some of which date from the late 19th century. The neighborhood, which can be reached by following Second Avenue west from downtown, is named after one of the area's first settlers. Of particular interest here are Patsy Clarke's Mansion, which is one of Spokane's most well known inns, and the Glover Mansion, the home of Spokane's founder. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (509-624-1341, 509-747-3230)

6 Jundt Art Museum
Gonzaga University's Jundt Art Museum provides space for various traveling exhibitions as well as artwork for Spokane natives and university faculty and students. The museum is home to works from several Old Masters, including sculptures by Auguste Rodin. Also noteworthy is the blown-glass collection and chandelier by Dale Chihuly. (509-323-3891)

5 North Spokane Farm Museum
The North Spokane Farm Museum, affectionately referred to as "The Red Shed," is located just north of Spokane off Highway 395 in Deer Park at Greiff Farms. The museum contains a number of 19th and 20th century farm machines and home items. The collection includes a model tractor from the 1930s, a bedroom set from the 1940s, reapers, scarpers, washing machines, mowers and corn planters. Many of the items were collected by the farm's original owner, William Hugo Greiff. The regular season runs from April-November, but you can make an appointment any time of year. And remember, this is a working farm, so the best time to call is early morning. (509-466-2744)

4 Carr's One of a Kind in the World Museum
This private museum's unique collection includes JFK's 1962 Lincoln Continental, Jackie Gleason's 1968 Limo, and Elvis Presley's 1973 Lincoln Mark IV. If you play your cards right, you might even go home with a snapshot or two of you standing beside your dream car. (509-489-8859, 800-350-6469)

3 Caterina Winery
The Caterina Winery is located in Spokane's historic Broadview Dairy Building, just off Washington Street and across from Cavanaugh's Inn. Caterina's Chardonnay is their most popular wine. The winery is open for tours daily in the summer, and they welcome those who need to wet their palates. (509-328-5069)

2 Mobius
The Children's Museum of Spokane and SciTech have merged into one great place for little people — and their parents. Mobius offers several opportunities for "exploration" via its permanent and rotating interactive exhibits — sand pits, small cranes, a miniature city promoting principles of safety, and tons of opportunities to play with water and paints. (509-624-5437)

1 Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture
The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture (MAC) is the largest cultural organization in the Inland Northwest and includes five underground galleries, an orientation gallery, café, store, education center, community room and the Center for Plateau Cultural Studies. The rotating exhibits and programs focus on three major disciplines: American Indian and other cultures, regional history and visual art. An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the MAC campus also includes the historic 1898 Campbell House, library & archives, an auditorium and outdoor amphitheater. (509-456-3931)

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Latah Creek Wine Cellars 10Best List Arrow
Type: Sightseeing, Wineries and Vineyards
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - SFF
Arbor Crest Wine Cellars 10Best List Arrow
Type: Sightseeing, Wineries and Vineyards
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - SFF
Browne's Addition Historic District 10Best List Arrow
Type: Historic Sites, Sightseeing
Jundt Art Museum 10Best List Arrow
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
North Spokane Farm Museum 10Best List Arrow
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
Carr's One of a Kind in the World Museum 10Best List Arrow
Type: History Museums, Museums
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
Caterina Winery 10Best List Arrow
Type: Sightseeing, Wineries and Vineyards
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - SFF
Mobius 10Best List Arrow
Type: Children's Museums, History Museums, Museums, Science Museums
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
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Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
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