Now that winter in Pullman is done and the snow has melted, the white landscape soon becomes beautifully green. Even though there might be a slight chill in the air, the weather is warming up to be a beautiful Spring. Now is an excellent time to step out of the house and see what Pullman and the Palouse area is offering!
It might not be summer weather, but the temperature can be warm enough for all kinds of outdoor activities. Pullman and its surrounding cities have many parks and other places of interest to visit that the entire family can enjoy for a great getaway!
Parks in Pullman, Washington
If you have younger kids, then take advantage of the weather to enjoy the amenities of these city parks, including:
For more fun, there is Koppel Farm Community Gardens. This is located on the trail system in Pullman, and hosts an annual Spring Fair and Plant Sale, with various agricultural demonstrations of native plants.
And there are many more parks for you and your family, both inside and outside of Pullman’s nearby city limits, some of them have many trails to explore.
Trails in Pullman, Washington
Speaking of trails, the weather might be just warm enough to enjoy a hiking or biking trail. If the weather is really in your favor (like very warm), then it is a great time to dust off that bike that’s been buried in the garage, and hit the Bill Chipman trail from Pullman to Moscow. There are some other trails that are worth exploring during this spring time:
Photography in Pullman, Washington
Summer time in Pullman, Washington is a great time for doing photography, as Pullman and the surrounding Palouse area is beginning to bloom. The Palouse Scenic Byway is full of spots like this, such as Kamiak and Steptoe Butte, and you will see how beautiful the Inland Northwest can be at all times of the day and night (particularly the sunset). Also highly recommended is Palouse Falls, which is a 200 foot drop and possibly a rainbow on a good day.
Golf Courses in Pullman, Washington
If golf is what you want to do, and the weather permits it, then head to one of the many golf courses that are near to Pullman:
WSU Attractions in Pullman, Washington
The students at Washington State University will still be in classes, except during their Spring Break. Take the time to visit WSU on a self-guided tour to see all kinds of landmarks including:
• Brelford WSU Visitor Center
• Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center at WSU
• The Spark: Academic Innovation Hub at WSU
• Bryan Clock Tower/Hello Walk WSU
• Compton Union Building (CUB)/Students Book Corporation (SBC/Bookie)
• Holland and Terrell Library
• Gesa Field and Cougar Pride Statue
• Ferdinand’s Ice Cream Shoppe
• Lewis Alumni Centre
• Charles R. Conner Museum
• Culver Study Memorial Museum
• Jacklin Collection of Silicified Wood and Minerals
• S. Elroy McCaw Fluorescent Mineral Display Museum
• Museum of Anthropology
• Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
• Worthman-Johnson Veterinary Anatomy Teaching Museum
• WSU Welcome Arch
Cultural Events and Museums in Pullman, Washington
The bears at the WSU Bear center will also be out of hibernation, and they will be at play in their open field, located slightly off-campus. Speaking of activities off-campus, there are several places to go within Pullman, Washington and its nearby towns:
In addition to all the events available to do outdoors, there are many events set up for indoors with other people. Pullman Parks and Recreation offers many activities for kids, adults, and seniors. For more information, check out the Pullman Parks and Recreation website for a list of what kinds of classes and events are officially sponsored by the community.
There’s also swimming to do at the Pullman Aquatic and Fitness Center, an indoor pool. The weather might not be warm enough for the outdoor pool or State Parks by the river if you want to do some kind of water activity.
Monthly Events of Spring in Pullman, Washington
One big event in early/mid April is the WSU Moms Spring Arts and Crafts Fair, which brings thousands of visitors into Pullman at Beasley Coliseum. The Spring Arts and Crafts Fair happens on the Spring Parents Weekend at WSU, and there will be a variety of handmade goods and places to shop assembled in one place.
If it is Easter, then you know that there will be an Egg Hunt, and there are several that occur in Pullman and its surrounding cities. Kruegel Park has had one for over 60 years that your younger kids are sure to enjoy. You can also enjoy an underwater Egg Hunt at the Pullman Aquatic and Fitness Center.
A big event that also occurs in April is the Annual Palouse Family Fair, hosted by the Palouse Alliance. Another activity made for late April is the Spring Pub Crawl, which allows the participants to enjoy food and drink deals from several different businesses.
There is also the Moscow Artwalk and Street Fair, which occurs in Moscow Idaho with various visual, literary, performing, and culinary arts offerings at businesses and non-profit locations throughout the community on the 3rd Thursday of each month from October to May.
Chances are, you might be at Pullman, Washington, to see students of Washington State University in their graduation commencement, generally held at Beasley Coliseum. Commencement also happens one week later for the graduate students at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. These events usually happen at the beginning or middle May, and the hotels in the Palouse area book up quick, so plan accordingly.
With Spring in Pullman over, the students of WSU and U of I take their academic break in early May. Most of the students leave, but as the weather gets warm, it is a great time to do a lot of activities in Pullman and the surrounding area during the Summer.