7 Incredible Places for Fun Activities in Yakima Valley

Are you ready for an adventure? Sometimes we forget about the cool stuff in our own backyard! Some of them are free, some are paid, but it’s all fun! You can pack a lunch, grab your binoculars, and make sure the cameras are charged so you can capture all kinds of amazing memories!

The Mammoth Digs Outside Selah – Pam Moore

It is a fantastic place for all lovers of paleontology. Since the discovery of mammoth bones in 2005, the location overlooking the Wenas Valley has become an official archaeological site! The landowners have since created the Wenas Mammoth Foundation, a 501-3c nonprofit that includes virtual education!

The foundation offers K-12 youth, teachers, and communities the unique opportunity to be inspired by local paleontology, geology, and archeology, cultivate curiosity, and learn skills in problem solving and the desire to learn more.

The address is 2741 S Wenas Rd, Selah, WA 98942

The Yakima Valley Museum – Bill Mudgett

If you’ve never been to the Yakima Museum, it’s a fantastic place to learn about the Yakima Valley as well as a great place to warm up on those colder winter days. Learn about the animals that lived here during the Ice Age, find out what it was like to ride in a 19th-century mud cart, catch Carolyn Schactler, a 28-year professor of clothing design at Central Washington University in Ellensburgs, online couture on display until April 30, 2022 and more!

Located at 2105 Tieton Dr, Yakima, WA 98902

The Elk Feeding StationDaniela Cardenas Barragan

Winter feedings start in December, but did you know that January and February are the best months to see these incredible animals up close? You will need a discovery pass, these are available for $10 and can be purchased at any location that also sells hunting and fishing licenses. Display the pass on your dashboard and it’s free to see the elk from the fence. For a small fee, you can also enjoy a seat on a platform that leads into the middle of the feeding station for an even closer look! Be sure to dress warmly and if you have binoculars, bring them!

Located at 16601 US-12, Naches, WA 98937

The Yakima Arboretum – Anita Cravy

You can get married there, take the greenway, and even offer your dog-walking services to the Yakima Humane Society, just a seven-minute walk away. The gardens, tree collections and natural areas are absolutely stunning and when the weather warms up, it’s a great place for a family picnic!

Located at 1401 Arboretum Dr, Yakima, WA 98901

The Capitol Theater – Brian Stephenson

This gorgeous place is a must if you love a good play, musical or ghost! The ceilings are amazing and the sound is top notch! I recently watched the Broadway play Waitress and was blown away! Coming soon The Yakima Symphony Orchestra will perform Bohemian Rhapsody: The Music of Queen on Saturday, February 26, 2022. In March, Black Violin, Lundu, Aquila Theatre’s Great Gatsby, Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and more!

Located at 19 S 3rd St, Yakima, WA 98901

The Dinosaur Park in Granger, WA – Brian Stephenson

Another site worth enjoying for the dinosaur lover in all of us. Beware of heights, Granger made national headlines a few years ago when someone climbed to the top of one and couldn’t get back down without the help of firefighters!

Located at 219 Main Street, Granger, WA 98932

Yakama Nation Cultural Center in Toppenish, WA – Sarah Johnson

Established in 1980, the Yakama Nation Cultural Center (YN CC) is a unique, multifaceted facility offering a variety of programs that share the history and culture of the Yakama Nation with all. It features the Yakama Nation Museum, Heritage Inn Restaurant, Winter Lodge, Heritage Theater, Yakama Nation Library, and CC Gift Shop. The Cultural Center is open to the general public seven days a week and is a wonderful cultural experience!

Located at 100 Spiel-yi Loop, Toppenish, WA 98948

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