Fun things to do

Zip Lines ( LEAVENWORTH, LAKE CHELAN ) – Soar through the air like a bird while enjoying stunning views of the Cascade Mountains and forest near Leavenworth, or vineyards and the rocky slopes overlooking the Columbia River near Lake Chelan. You may have been here before, but you’ve never seen it from this perspective! Choose a tree top to tree top zip line ride spanning forested ridgelines nearly 200 feet over the valley floor, or a super fast extreme zip line where riders can reach up to 75 MPH. Better yet, try both!

Whitewater Rafting ( LEAVENWORTHCASHMERE ) – Join thousands of others who experience some of the best whitewater rafting in the country every spring and summer!  The rivers around Leavenworth and Cashmere provide for one of the most popular rafting experiences in all of Washington State. Multiple whitewater rafting companies with professionally trained guides offer trips for every age, skill, and ability level.  Most provide a trained raft guide, whitewater gear, and transportation.  The area’s rivers offer everything from calm scenic floats through Class I-II sections, to raging Class III-IV whitewater that will provide the thrill of a lifetime.

Tubing & Snow Sledding (LEAVENWORTHLAKE CHELANWENATCHEE) – Grab your sled and head for the hills! There are plenty of places to enjoy snow tubing and sledding in Washington's Playground.  From a downhill tubing track complete with a rope tow, to gentler slopes for the little ones surrounded by festive Christmas Lights in the center of the Bavarian-themed town of Leavenworth, nothing feels more like winter than sliding down a hill on snow with your family and friends. 

Stand-Up Paddleboarding ( LEAVENWORTHLAKE CHELANWENATCHEECASHMERE ) – Have you tried the newest activity to hit the water-sport world?  Stand-Up Paddleboarding, or SUP for short, consists of riding an oversized surfboard and using an extra long paddle to navigate.  Washington's Playground offers Stand-Up Paddleboarding opportunities from calm lakes, to easy-flowing rivers, to whitewater surfing waves.  There are multiple outfitters that rent and sell equipment, offer lessons, and provide guided tours to fit every skill level. It’s a great way to get some exercise while enjoying our rivers and lakes on those hot summer days.

Snowmobiling ( LEAVENWORTH, LAKE CHELAN, WENATCHEE, CASHMERE ) – With trails covering hundreds of miles that crisscross mountains and valleys, elevations of up to 7,000 feet, and an average of over 150 inches of snowfall per year, it’s no wonder Washington’s Playground is one of the premier snowmobiling locations in the country.  Whether you’re looking to glide through deep powder in the backcountry, or speed across miles of packed trails, we have all your desires covered.  Rent your ride and go with a guided tour group, or take off on your own adventure.

Paragliding & Hang Gliding ( LEAVENWORTHLAKE CHELANCASHMERE ) – Remember that dream where you’re flying high above the ground, the wind rushing past, and the feeling of complete freedom?  Live that dream today!  Soar with the birds, while looking down at mountain wilderness, winding rivers, and beautiful country-side terrain.  Lake Chelan offers some of the best paragliding conditions in the nation. Many paragliding distance records been set from pilots launching from Chelan Butte.  Reputable instruction from experienced instructors is mandatory for first time pilots.  It’s a memory you won’t soon forget!

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Here in the heart of Washington State, where the warmth of continual sunny skies spotlight our dramatic landscape and natural resources, we invite you to come and play! Nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range, in a land carved by glaciers is our playground. North Central Washington invites you with an abundance of outdoor recreation and several wonderful and unique towns that you will want to play in for at least a few weeks, or even a lifetime... Read More

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“Just returned a few days ago! Enjoyed floating down the river :)”
Darcey H.
“Love this place!”
Craig D.
“Flowers are beautiful! Weather is beautiful. I love it here. We came all the way from Phoenix for this! Leavenworth is my favorite place!”
Stefani F.
“Was just there and the flowers were beautiful! Its an amazing place that I go to every year all the way from North Pole Alaska!”
Davina R.
“It is a beautiful place my friends and I go there every year.”
Pat S.
“We went for the first time down to the river two weeks ago and it was fabulous !!! We’ve gone to Leavenworth many, many times, but this was so different … We played & watched tubers float by and walked the trails thru the park … We also did miniature goofy golf !!! Had a great time !!!”
Deana K.
“Love me some Lake Chelan!!!”
Tana M.
“I love Lake Chelan!! I love it there soooooooo much my words can’t describe it accurately……. So I (we) just keep coming back!!!!”
Maurice P.