Exploring Kennewick

Exploring the History (Events, Museums, and Tours)

Pendleton Round Up
Just over an hour from Kennewick, the famous Pendleton Round-Up will be held the week before the NACD Pacific/ Southwest Regional Conference. Pendleton is known not just for their professional and amateur rodeo events (September 10-15), but also for their evening “Happy Canyon Indian Pageant”, the Tipi Village, and the mechanized vehicle-free “Westward Ho! Parade”.

Hanford B Tour
The B Reactor National Historical Landmark is the world’s first full-scale plutonium reactor facility. Here is where the material for the first nuclear detonation and “Fat Man” were produced. You will learn about the science, the history, and the contribution of Hanford to World War II. Your best chance for their free four-hour tour would be at 8:00 AM on September 17, or 9:00 AM or 11:45 AM on the 20. Online registration is available here.

Historic Hanford Tour

Part of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park shares the lives of the inhabitants before the Second World War. Several buildings remain from the old towns of Hanford and White Bluffs, and this tour explores their pioneer history and that of the Native American Tribes also displaced by the Manhattan Project. The tours run Fridays and Saturdays starting at 10:30 AM. Follow the link for more information

 

LIGO Tour
If you remember the headlines from the fall of 2015, the Tri-Cities were part of scientific history when the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Observatory (LIGO) in Richland detected gravitational waves from the collision of two black holes. Theorized by Albert Einstein a hundred years earlier, the facility offers public tours complete with interactive exhibits and an up-close look at the world’s most sensitive measuring device, the one in September will be held on the 8 at 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM. More information is available on their website.

The Reach Museum
Open Tuesdays through Sundays, this 14,000 square foot museum is dedicated to the history of the Columbia Basin from the Ice Age Floods through to today. You will not be disappointed if you visit the Reach.

 

Exploring the Outdoors (Golf, Wineries and Fishing)

Golf

Columbia Park Golf Links is located along the Columbia River, the length allows for a quick round and serves as a challenge for all levels of players.

Designed by Robert Muir Graves, Sun Willows Golf Course is a public 18-hole, par 72 course. Complete with a pro-shop, driving range, and full-service café among other features, the course plays 6,715 yards and 5,695 yards from the forward tees.

The highest rated and most popular golf course in the Tri-Cities, Canyon Lakes Golf Course has a full practice facility and GPS on every golf cart.

Columbia Point Golf Course is a James J. English design with rolling fairways and long, desert quality greens.

Enjoy some of the finest greens Washington State has to offer. See more courses here!

 

Wineries
With more than 200 wineries within fifty miles, there are plenty of vines to explore. Various guides exist if you have days to explore, 48 hours, or want an afternoon jaunt. No matter your wine palate, the Tri-Cities has something for you.

 

 

 

 

Fishing
The month of September offers some wonderful opportunities for the fishers coming to the Tri-Cities. Salmon (Chinook and Coho), sturgeon, and many others will be swimming in the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Please visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s “Weekender Report” for rules to fishing in Washington and guides to finding the best locations.

 

Exploring your surroundings (Parks, rentals, and local activities)

Parks
Benton County
has ten parks, ranging from the popular Badger Mountain Centennial Preserve and Candy Mountain Preserve to the Horse Heaven pioneer Cemetery.

The City of Richland also has a network of parks and trails, for the runners and walkers coming to the Tri-Cities.

Kennewick is also not without parks and trails to explore, the highlight of which are the 400 acres of Columbia Park alongside the Columbia River.

Rentals

While there are several places to find bike, kayak, and other rentals Greenies comes highly recommended by the locals.

Farmers Markets

Kennewick has a reoccurring Thursday evening market from 4:00-7:00 PM.

Richland’s runs Friday morning from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Pasco operates the area’s largest farmers market on Saturday mornings, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

 

 

 

 

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