Yakima Things to Do
Check out these activities when you visit Yakima.
Yakima Area Arboretum
One of the area’s most cultivated parks, the Yakima Area Arboretum is an extremely popular place for weddings. It is dominated by open grassland with a very wide assortment of trees and plants, broken up into display gardens. Attempts are made to label every major plant, but sometimes the labels get stolen. If a tag is missing, a temporary tag is placed on the south side of the tree, and are usually about chest height.
There are some 21 collections they consider their “key collections” including such as “Trees of Washington” and “Flowering Ornamental Fruit Tree Collection”.
Like many cities, Yakima once had an extensive set of trolley lines that connected it with a few surrounding areas. By the late 1940s, passenger service on these lines ceased to exist. What remains today is the old car barn and substation and some of the yard tracks, and the remains of the western line: which is about 8 blocks long and is entirely on Pine Street, from 3rd to slightly past 11th. Tickets are sold at the museum office at 3rd and Pine, which also has a small selection of memorabilia, books, and other items for sale to support their operation. They also have equipment on display from the original substation.
There are a lot of trails in the hills around Yakima. Find one of the many outdoorsy stores and pick up and a trail guide before heading out.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about things to do in Yakima.