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Inexpensive Things to do in the Tri-Cities, Washington

A view of the Columbia River and the "Blue" bridge, taken from Columbia park in Kennewick, Washington.

A view of the Columbia River and the "Blue" bridge, taken from Columbia park in Kennewick, Washington.

Bored, are we?

It's okay, I spent the first 18 years of my life and then some in the Tri-Cities. I am all to familiar with the phrase, "there's nothing to do here!" Though the Tri-Cities may look like the wasteland to some, there are actually quite a few fun and unique things to do in the area.

It is funny how you don't realize how much there is to do and how much you love your hometown until you leave. So to drive the point "home", here is a list things you simply must do while living or visiting the Tri-Cities, and best of all, they require relatively little or no money.

Where is the Tri-Cities, Washington?

For those of you unfamiliar with the location or what the Tri-Cities are, they are located in the more south eastern part of Washington state, bordering Oregon. The Tri-Cities is in a pocket of desert, unlike the western side of the state where Washington gets its stereotype of pine trees and rain. One of the defining characteristics of the Tri-Cities is that it is where three major rivers converge: The Columbia, Snake, and Yakima.

The Tri-Cities is comprised of Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland. Locals also incorporate small outlying towns into the mix with places like Finley, Benton City, Burbank, and West Richland, (which is actually its own entity separate of Richland). The population from the 2010 census puts the Tri-Cities at a little over 250,000 residents. This only includes the three major cities.

Did I mention that the Tri-Cities have also garnered the attention of the nation as being voted by MSN and Forbes as one of the best places to live? Well, it has! It is also a place rich with national history within its Hanford project (part of the Manhattan Project). Because of this, the Tri-Cities is also bustling with engineers and scientists, and ranks as the 11th Geekiest by Forbes. I am proud of that. Check out more accolades and boasting of my hometown here: Tri-City Accolades.


Things to do in West Kennewick


Things to do in East Kennewick


Things to do in Richland

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Things to do in Pasco, WA


What inexpensive things have you done in the Tri-Cities?

The list goes on and on for cool and inexpensive things to do in the Tri-Cities. If you have experienced something fun and relatively inexpensive in the Tri-Cities, shout it out in the comments below and we can amend this list, giving visitors and locals a chance to experience Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland to its fullest!


C on February 21, 2020:

Have you ever been to the Branches of Home Store in Richland? Seriously, the cutest ever store for new and used and handmade stuff galore! It is a modern/farmhouse/baby/furniture (and much more) store! I thought you might be interested in taking a peek!

Branches of Home

619 The Parkway

Richland, WA 99352

Wed-Sat 11AM to 6PM

Dianemae on July 05, 2015:

What a great list of things to see and do. If I ever get out there...I'm taking your article with me.

Melody on November 18, 2013:

Square dancing is a fun. There are square dance clubs in the Tri-cities; Columbia River Squares, Shufflers

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