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25 Free Things to Do


  1. Bikers on Road - 300 pixelsBike over the mighty Columbia on two different bridges in a round-trip along the river.
  2. Take the kids for a dip in the fountain at Esther Short Park.
  3. Spot the elusive western finch and other native birds at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.
  4. Walk among history at Officers Row at Fort Vancouver.
  5. Stroll cute shops, funky galleries, and chic eateries in Uptown Village
  6. Learn about stewardship and the importance of water in our daily life at the Water Resources Education Center.
  7. Walk, rollerblade, or just people watch on the riverfront Renaissance Trail.
  8. Photograph the heirloom garden at the historic Fort Vancouver.
  9. Hike Moulton Falls and then enjoy a picnic at the base of the bridge.
  10. Cheer on the Penguins at a Clark College athletic event
  11. Let the little ones loose in the children’s discovery zone at the Vancouver Community Library.
  12. Catch your own dinner on the Washougal River
  13. East Fork Cellar Ext - 300 pixelsDrive the scenic North Clark County Winery Loop.
  14. See how wool is made into heritage blankets at the world-renowned Pendleton Woolen Mills
  15. Appreciate nature and aquatic life at the Columbia Springs Environmental Education Center .
  16. Tour the art galleries of downtown Vancouver.
  17. Smell some flowers, pet some animals, and tour a working farm at the Pomeroy Living History Farm.
  18. Check out the demonstrations of edible goodies at the 130-year-old operating Cedar Creek Grist Mill.
  19. Explore one of the many area hiking or biking trails
  20. Play with pooches at the Brush Prairie Dog Park.
  21. Watch historic airplanes land and take off at Pearson Air Field.
  22. Hiking on Grass Hill Gorge Trail - 300 piCatch a free concert at the City’s Six to Sunset series in Esther Short Park.
  23. Gaze at trees in the 1.3 million-acre Gifford Pinchot National Forest, which includes the magnificent Mt. St. Helens.
  24. Take your kayak out on Lacamas Lake.
  25. And finally, check on the latest events and happenings on our Facebook and Twitter feeds!

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Featured Events

Jun 25

Recycled Arts Festival

June 24 – 25, 2017
With more than 35,000 visitors, the two-day Recycled Arts Festival is the largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. …more
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