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School's Out for Summer!

School's Out for Summer!

Time for fun with the family. Visit U-pick farms in the Yakima Valley! Experience picking fresh fruit off the tree. Learn about growing cherries at the free self guided tour through a cherry orchard. Celebrate the fruit harvests of strawberries, cherries, peaches, apples and more. Pet farm animals, take a historic Trolley ride, visit a family friendly festival in a park with free museum admission or float down a river. There are lots of fun things to do with the kids this summer.

Bills Berry Farm is picking fresh strawberries right from the field this Friday and Saturday. Or if cherries are your favorite, come to the Cherry Festival June 26 & 27. Take a wagon ride out to the field with your own bucket, enjoy a BBQ lunch or fresh hot cherry donuts in the shaded park. Let the kids loose on the playgrounds and many other fun farm activities... including a pony ride, and Andrew's Animal Farm! Other festivals to plan for are: Blueberry Daze -July 3&4, Peach Festival -Friday, July 31, Saturday, August 1, Friday August 7th, and Saturday August 8 from 9am-5pm and Apple & Pumpkin Festival -The last two Saturdays in September and the first four Friday/Saturday weekends in October.

How about picking cherries this weekend with the family? Washington Fruit Place at Barrett’s Orchard offers u-pick from 10am -3pm. And there is an interpretive tour through the cherry orchards. U-pick Large Early Rainier Cherries June 6th & 7th at $3.50/lb. Early Rainier & Bing cherries June 13th & 14th.   Starting June 19th daily, continuing 2 weeks thru July 5th. Bings, Rainiers and Lapin best pick time will be June 19-25th. Rainiers are in limited supply U-pick pie cherries should be ready starting June 20th. Smoothies, soda, lemonade & homemade ice cream is available at the market during u-pick.

For a full listing of u-pick farms and activities click here.

Hop aboard for an old fashioned trolley ride thru parts of the city of Yakima. The Yakima Valley Trolley is America’s last intact Interurban Electric Railroad. In the early 1900’s trolleys were the major transportation to downtown Yakima and Selah with 44 miles of tracks. Step back in history with a 5-mile ride from the trolley barn in Yakima over the trestle bridge into the city of Selah.

For the teenagers in the family, a leisurely float down the Yakima River during the summer is a memorable experience. This is a slow moving river in the Yakima River Canyon for an up to 3 ½ hour float. To rent your raft or tubes contact Rill Adventures.

Visit the free family friendly Folklife Festival in Franklin Park on July 10-12. Enjoy the music in the park, craft vendors, kid’s activities, located next to the community pool and playground. During the festival receive free Yakima Valley Museum admission. In the museum, the children's underground encourages imagination to grow with child-sized replicas of period building and costumes. The festival grounds are adjacent to the city of Yakima’s public outdoor pool and new playground area with convenient shade structures. Rooster’s Diner and Ice Cream Shop in the museum will be open to enjoy those 50’s style lunches and ice cream.

At the end of your busy day with the kids, visit one of our family friendly wineries, such as the Tasting Room Yakima at Wilridge Vineyard. Wilridge is a 100 year old farmhouse with an inviting wrap around porch next to Naches Heights Vineyard Winery. From this location you can go hiking thru the vineyards or mountain biking, take in a sunset or watch local wildlife. There is a grassy area for the kids to play or bring some yard games or a picnic. You may even find live music to enjoy during the warm summer evenings.

These are just a few of the summer activities for the family. For more suggestions visit the Yakima Valley Visitor Information Center or call 509-573-3388. The staff at the Visitor Center would be happy to assist you with your family’s itinerary.