Things to Do on a Weekend Trip to Leavenworth WA

Leavenworth, Wash., is a small Bavarian village just a few hours east of Seattle. Nestled in the foothills of the Wenatchee National forest, a weekend getaway to Leavenworth provides plenty of outdoor activities with a mountainous backdrop. Although primarily known for its outdoor adventures, these are some of the best things to do in this small town on a weekend visit to Leavenworth, Wash., any time of the year.

Eagle Creek Ranch

Although Leavenworth is known for its many parks and outdoor activities, some outdoor activities are only available for part of the year, such as access to Waterfront Park. For outdoor fun throughout the year, Eagle Creek Ranch provides both warm and cold weather activities. In the winter ranchers provide horse-drawn sleigh rides through the trails of Eagle Creek Ranch, while the Ranch holds guided horseback tours through the mountains in the fall, spring and summer months.

Leavenworth Breweries

Leavenworth is home to one of the largest Oktoberfest festivals outside of Germany, which makes the breweries in Leavenworth a must-visit. Both Icicle Brewing Company and Doghaus Brewery produce local, craft beer. The Icicle Brewing Company provides free tours of the brewery every weekend, along with an open tasting room to try the many types of beer from flavored wheat to IPA. Doghaus Brewery focuses on a microbrew and also serves pub-style food.

Upper Valley Museum

Tourists can soak in the history and culture of Leavenworth with a trip to the Upper Valley Museum to discover the beginnings of the town and its Bavarian roots. As a small museum, the townhouses its historical museum in an old house that dates more than 100 years old. The museum’s placement looks over the Wenatchee River and includes eight acres of lands. Admission to the museum is only a few dollars.

Front Street Park

Front Street and Front Street Park are staples of downtown Leavenworth. While the exact events available at the park change frequently, Front Street Park features light displays during the holiday season, dancing, music, parade watching, festivals and more family-friendly activities. It even features a Maypole. The streets adjacent to the park, especially Front Street, are where visitors will find restaurants and local shopping, including clothing and specialty foods.

A weekend trip to Leavenworth, Wash., has something for everyone, from outdoor adventures to shopping and museums. Although the village of Leavenworth is small, it has plenty of activities to keep visitors busy all weekend. If you decide to head that way for a weekend getaway, here are some of the best places to stay:

  1. Destination Leavenworth – Vacation Rentals
  2. Pine River Ranch – Bed and Breakfast
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