If you've spoken to any locals while exploring Vancouver homes for sale, you probably already know our city is considered a hotspot for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you enjoy biking, hiking, or relaxing on the beach, there's always something fun to do in Vancouver.
With the warm weather coming, there's never been a better time to start exploring some of the awesome outdoor adventures Vancouver has to offer. Not sure where to start? We've got you covered! Here are seven of our favorite places to connect with nature and spend a day outdoors.
- Burnt Bridge Creek Trail: NW Lakeshore Ave & NW Bernie Dr, Vancouver, WA 98665
The eight-mile paved Burnt Bridge Creek Trail is a favorite among our Brokers. It offers an excellent view of the Burnt Bridge Creek Greenway and is excellent for biking, jogging, or taking a leisurely stroll. The path offers a variety of different landscapes including heavily wooded areas and grasslands.
- Waterfront Park: 695 Waterfront Way Vancouver, WA 98660
Popular among both visitors and locals, Waterfront Park is one of the highlights of the new mixed-use urban development known as Waterfront Vancouver. The 7.3-acre park runs along the edge of the Columbia River and is connected to Wintler Community Park by the five-mile Columbia River Renaissance Trail.
Spend some time exploring the walking trails, relax in the open grassy areas, and watching the little ones play on the playground. Parts of the park are still under development, and the water feature opening this spring will be another welcome addition.
- Esther Short Park: W. 8th & Columbia Vancouver, WA 98663
Located right in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Esther Short Park is Washington state's oldest public square and is an excellent spot to spend some time relaxing outdoors. It offers plenty of benches, and seating in the gazebos and on the open lawn.
Our Brokers recommend visiting the Vancouver Farmer's Market, which is held here on weekends between March and October. If you enjoy live music, you also won't want to miss the park's Summer Concert Series.
- Vancouver Lake Regional Park: 6801 NW Lower River Road Vancouver, WA 98660
Does your idea of a good time involve relaxing on the beach and enjoying a picnic lunch? Or are you the adventurous type who prefers to windsurf, kayak, canoe, and play sand volleyball? Either way, you'll love spending the day at Vancouver Lake Regional Park. Not only is this a beautiful beach, but it also offers gorgeous views of Mount Saint Helens, Mount Hood, and Mount Adams on clear days.
- Columbia Springs: 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy., Vancouver, WA 98683
Beautiful and historic Columbia Springs offers educational experiences for both children and adults and an opportunity to get up-close with nature. Located on 100 acres of natural land, visitors are welcome to enjoy the walking trails, practice nature photography, or enjoy a picnic.
The whole family is sure to love the fish feeding pond, trout hatchery, wildlife viewing decks, trail-side art, and historical displays. Columbia Springs is dog-friendly, so don't hesitate to bring your furry friend.
- Vancouver Land Bridge: WA-14, Vancouver, WA 98661
Also known as the Confluence Project, the Vancouver Land Bridge is a 40-foot wide pedestrian bridge that links the Columbia waterfront and historic Fort Vancouver. Here you can soak in the elements of Native American and European culture, learn about the indigenous plants that line the trail, and enjoy a stunning view of the Columbia River and surrounding mountains.
- Salmon Creek Regional Park/Klineline Pond: 1112 NE 117th St, Vancouver, WA 98685
Salmon Creek Regional Park rounds out our list of the best places to enjoy outdoor adventures in Vancouver. This popular, family-friendly destination features a splash pad and a playground for the kids, roped swimming areas at Klineline Pond.
Pack a cooler and use one of the six public grills to cook up some burgers and hot dogs. There are 36 picnic tables at the park as well as two covered areas that you can reserve for larger parties.
Once you start exploring all that there is to do in Vancouver, you'll understand why so many people love calling this city home. Are you ready to join them? Contact us today to discuss your home-buying goals and learn how we can help!