Yakima’s Unique Attractions 4

Wow! I’ve almost reached 2,000 visitors, thank you to everyone who has stopped by, I couldn’t have done it without you!

On another note . . . back to the Valley’s OOT to-do-and-see list.  This one is especially useful for the families who will be bringing their kids with them to your big day.

Known for the steady heat throughout the summer months, Yakima’s high temperatures can overwhelm many out-of-towners who may not embrace the weather quite like the locals do {and are able to}.  To beat the heat, point your guests in the direction of Franklin Park where they can {chill out} with “cool facts, cool treats, and cool water.”

Cool Water

Franklin Pool 

Open all summer, Franklin Park’s outdoor pool has become a popular place for kids and adults alike to cool off during the Valley’s sweltering summer days.  Complete with a kiddie pool, water slide + concession stand, the pool offers a few hours of {fresh + cool} entertainment for the whole family.

The pool is open seven days a week, and recreational swim is available daily from 12:30-4:30 pm {hottest part of the day} or Monday through Friday 7:15 – 9 pm if you prefer to go later in the day.  And it’s not going to break the bank, since Franklin’s sessions only cost $2 for youth and $3.75 for adults {or just $10 for a family of 6} – at those prices, how can you not check it out?!


Franklin Pool

2101 Tieton Drive

(509) 575-6035


Cool Facts

 museum fruit bowl

{love this}

Not quite ready to face the sun? Escape again into the air-conditioned interior of the Yakima Valley Museum {we have lots of museums ;)} just a few short steps away from Franklin’s pool.  As the website describes, “this 65,000 square foot facility offers historical exhibits of the Yakima Valley – its natural history, American Indian culture, pioneer life, early city life, and the roots and development of the Valley’s fruit industry.” 


A kid-friendly museum, the facility offers a roomy interactive learning center appropriately titled the Children’s Underground, which features museum-related educational activities, suitable for children ages 5 to 15; special tours are available.

 Last but not least, the museum also plays host to a very unique section titled The Neon Garden, which features, you guessed it, and antique neon signs from around the Valley – ever seen that kind of garden in a museum? {now that’s pretty cool}

 museum neon sign

Check out the website for more information on the museum’s Program & Exhibit schedule and for  hours and directions to the facility!

Cool Treats

{I saved the best for last}

 soda fountain and museum sign

Heading next door, guests can finish off the afternoon with some {cool treats} at the Museum Soda Fountain where you can find some good old-fashioned ice cream in this quaint little 1930s-style parlor. The ‘Fountain’ offers soda, sundaes and milkshakes created with Oregon-based Tillamook ice cream as well as hot dogs, chili, soup and sandwiches. Check out their {delicious} menu here!

 Soda Fountain

.::Added Bonus::. If you’re in the area on a Thursday evening {6:30-8:30 pm} and are in the mood for a little music + art inspiration, head on over to the park’s lush grassy area and enjoy some tunes and hands-on activities {fun for the whole family} courtesy of Yakima’s Summer Sunset Concert Series (check the site dates and art themes hosted each week).

So…get out of the house {or hotel room}, pick up some treats, listen to some tunes, enjoy the sun . . . see you tomorrow for the last installment of Yakima’s unique attractions. 😉



{p.s. a big thank you to my mom for helping me with some of the photos on this post — i love you}

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