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Manito Park, Spokane

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Designed by the famous Olmstead Brothers, Manito Park features beautifully manicured lawns, many gardens, and a greenhouse conservatory, all set on 36 hectares (90 acres). The name means Spirit of Nature in the Algonquian language, and that's what you'll find here, with flowers, topiaries, and tall trees lining well-kept paths designed for walking and cycling. The park offers facilities for baseball, sledding, tennis, bird watching, and even Frisbee golf. Kids will be entertained in the two playgrounds and can enjoy feeding the ducks and geese in the duck pond. Until 1932, the park was a zoo, but it closed due to lack of funding during the Depression. You can still see remnants of the old zoo, such as the rock with an iron bar stuck in it, once part of the cage for bears. Make Manito Park a centerpiece of your Spokane vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Spokane travel itinerary planner.
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  • Went to the park with my adult daughter. Walked around the entire park, very enjoyable. Especially liked the rose gardens and the Japanese gardens.  more »
  • Lots of different areas in this park with open space or different styles of gardens (Rose garden, japanese garden, perennial garden, etc.). Everything was well maintained. Great spot to relax for a wh...  more »
  • A relaxing spot to stroll, picnic or just drive around. Many different areas, shady trees. Honeysuckle, rhododendrons and lilacs all in bloom!  more »
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  • One of Spokane's treasures! Manito park was originally a zoo and was converted to a park in the early 1900s. It offers a variety of different gardens and is a great place to spend a day. Some features are a duck pond, lilac gardens, rose gardens, Japanese gardens, perennial gardens, a green house, and my personal favorite, Duncan gardens. In between each section there is natural Spokane beauty, and playgrounds/ covered shelters are at upper and lower Manito. Upper also has a splash pad.
  • Absolutely beautiful place to walk and explore. Lots of beautiful gardens, a large variety of places to visit. The Japanese Garden is absolutely serene, and provides a very calming atmosphere. There are events held here regularly, and there are always interesting people to meet while on your walk.
  • So much to see here, the Conservatory is open daily, come see some of the oldest living plants in the area. The Japanese garden hosts plants and scenery and brightly colored koi. The Rose Garden has more varieties to see than I ever knew existed, giant Dahlia's can be found not far from the Lilacs and the Mirror pond all contribute to one of Spokane's largest and most beautiful places that must be seen.
  • This place is beautiful and still free! There's so much to see and I loved walking around. The bathrooms stalls don't have doors which is kind of strange.
  • This is the biggest and best park in Spokane. So much beauty and nature. There is so much to do there! This place also has a lots of Poké stops and gyms. Definitely a place to go and visit for hours!