5 Outdoor Things to Do in Yakima

There are hundreds of things to do in Yakima for both visitors and locals alike. Yakima is the largest city in Yakima County, Washington. The county is called "The Fruit Bowl of the Nation," being the state's largest agricultural producer. BBOnline recommends the following outdoor activities that you can do in Yakima.

Apple Tree Golf Course
8804 Occidental Avenue
Yakima, WA 98903
(509) 966-5877

For golf enthusiasts, one of the things to do in Yakima is play a round of golf at the Apple Tree Golf Course, rated 4-stars by Golf Digest. The course is popular for its apple-shaped par 3, 17th hole. The challenging track is a total of 6,900 yards with lakes, fountains and a cascading waterfall. Green fees for the 18-hole course excluding the power cart rental is around $25 on weekdays and around $30 during the weekends (as of 2010). The course is part of the Apple Tree Resort.

Hillside Desert Botanical Gardens
3405 Hillside Place
Yakima, WA 98903
(509) 248-1742

This botanical garden is a showcase of different plant varieties that can tolerate the conditions of the Pacific Northwest. The area is half an acre with 20 showcase gardens. It is located in the desert area of the Cascade Mountain Range. Plants are available for sale for landscapers and gardening enthusiasts.

Sarg Hubbard Park
111 S. 18th Street
Yakima, WA, 98901

Though it might not be within walking distance from your Yakima Inn, one of the things to do in Yakima for nature lovers is to take a walk in Sarg Hubbard Park. The park is part of the Yakima Greenway Path, which is a 10-mile paved walking and cycling path. It has restrooms, a parking area, a viewing deck, an amphitheater, a play area for children, a physical fitness course, a picnic shelter and a visitor center. You can choose to jog, walk, rollerblade or bicycle.

Barrett Orchards
1209 Pecks Canyon Road
Yakima, WA 98908

Yakima is a place that has rich fresh fruit and vegetable harvests. Take back some freshly picked fruits to your Yakima Bed and Breakfast for a delicious fruit feast. Barrett Orchards is now being tended by the fourth generation of the Barrett family. You can go fruit picking at the orchards and get a bite of their tree-ripened apples, pears, nectarines, cherries, peaches and apricots. Gift boxes and baskets are on sale at their Red Barn.

Gilbert Cellars
5 N. Front Street Suite 100
Yakima, WA 98901
(509) 249-9049

Yakima Valley is the popular wine producing region of Washington, with several wine manufacturers. You can take a day out in the vineyards of Gilbert Cellars or take a tour of their cellars and catch a glimpse of the wine making process. The Gilbert family has been doing this for more than a century. Sample and take home the award-winning wines from their downtown Yakima tasting room that is open seven days a week. Gilbert Cellars produces several popular wines like Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Rose and more.