It’s a small town with big Bavarian charm. With the number of things to do in Leavenworth, it is one of those Northwest destinations you can enjoy any time of year.
Festivals. Outdoor recreation. Food and wine. Leavenworth offers a little something for everyone.
We’ve got suggestions for making the most of your time for trips in spring, summer, fall, or winter. Here are 8 things to do in Leavenworth that makes it worth visiting year round.
It would be a mistake not to mention Oktoberfest when you’re talking about the best things to do in Leavenworth. The town’s version of the annual German festival happens each October.
Leavenworth’s downtown area has many paths for walking. The flat Waterfront Park trail offers benches and interpretive signs where you can rest. You can also enjoy bird watching in the spring, swimming in the summer, and salmon spawning in the fall.
If you’re looking for things to do in Leavenworth during winter, you’ll have no shortage of snow sports options. Icicle Creek is a center of activity for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing each winter. The Leavenworth Winter Sports Club maintains dedicated trails for both sports. Its Snowshoe Adventure Trail is on our list of the Northwest’s 10 great snowshoe trails.
Spring Bird Fest
Each May bird lovers land in Leavenworth for the annual Spring Bird Fest. Sign up early to enjoy dozens of field trips. Or stick close to Bird Fest Central at the Wenatchee River Institute. There you’ll find family-friendly activities, music, art, films, and speakers.
You can plan a trip to Leavenworth around wine tasting rooms and wine shops, or take a drive to nearby wineries. Pair a glass with a hike or pack a bottle with a fresh family picnic and you can still call it healthy, right?
Christmas Lighting Festival
No list of the best things to do in Leavenworth is complete without mentioning the wonderment that occurs each winter in the Bavarian village. Visit Leavenworth between Thanksgiving and Christmas to experience the Christmas Lighting Festival. Lighting ceremonies take place each Saturday and Sunday. The festival also features visits from St. Nick, seasonal music performances, and more. Pack your winter gear for some sledding or tubing in the snow for a picture-perfect winter escape.
Are you a LifeWise member? If so, you’re eligible to win a Leavenworth vacation by checking out deals on Peak Living. You already have access to Peak Living discounts on healthy activities. Just sign in or create a new account during August to enter the sweepstakes.
Image of Oktoberfest mugs courtesy of Parker Knight via Flickr.