Sense of Spokane: Things to See & Do

Taste to touch and everything in between, these Spokane attractions give a new feel for the Pacific Northwest.
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Listen to the big cats roar and chuffle while wandering between the enclosures at Cat Tales Zoological Park in Mead. Endangered and exotic felines—including Bengal and Siberian tigers, as well as panthers—reside at this park, which doubles as a training facility for zookeepers. Feed a tiger by hand if you dare.

Taste delectable food samples from local eateries on the Relish! Spokane Food & Walking Tour. Guides share tidbits of local history while letting you enjoy a mix of savory and sweet treats that awaken your palate. Follow that up with a ride on the Fruit Loop Express to pick apples right from the tree.

Fragrant Madagascar jasmine surrounds you inside the Gaiser Conservatory at Manito Park, while a variety of scents, including rose and lilac, create a heavenly perfume in the classically formal Duncan Garden. Brilliantly colored annuals here flourish in graceful lines and showcase the granite fountain.

Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox is a visual delight with its starburst-adorned ceiling and etched-glass paneled staircase. See more examples of the detailed Art Deco design this venue has to offer during a performance by the Spokane Symphony.

Sample handcrafted, award-winning spirits at Dry Fly Distilling, which embraces the farm-to-bottle approach, producing every drop of liquor from raw materials that are grown locally on sustainable farms. Then scamper over to Riverfront Park for a SkyRide, a 15-minute gondola tour through downtown that runs past roaring Spokane Falls and 100-year-old Monroe Street Bridge. It was recognized as one of the top 12 scenic cable rides in the world by Condé Nast Traveler.

Channel your inner child with 65 hands-on exhibits at Mobius Science Center. Launch a water rocket, design an aerodynamic coffee filter that you can shoot up to the ceiling, and perform a digital autopsy. See how long you can keep the ball in play on the giant wall-mounted pinball machine, or draw your own cartoon and view it on film at the science center.

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—Heather Larson

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