Family Friendly Fun

10 extraordinary family friendly things to do in Winthrop. Grab your cowboy hat and don’t miss these top attractions!


Spring Creek Bridge

Located at the south end of downtown Winthrop, the cable-stayed Spring Creek Bridge is a fantastic place to watch salmon spawning in the crystal clear waters of the Methow River. Look for bald eagles in the trees lining the river.


Sateekhwa Bridge

On the north edge of downtown is another great suspension bridge over the Chewuch River to Sateekhwa Park.  A hiking trail winds along the river with some great interpretative signage. It’s gorgeous along the river and through the woods.

Shafer Museum

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit one of the finest western museums in North American. The Shafer Museum is a village of historic buildings which all display the history of days gone by. A true gem! shafermuseum.com


National Fish Hatchery

Just ½ mile outside of Winthrop is the 42 acre hatchery that raises Spring Chinook, Steelhead and Coho salmon. Visitors can take a guided or self-guided tour of this incredible fishy facility. But it’s not just all fish, beavers live here too in a unique beaver relocation project. See everything up close. fws.gov/winthropnfh


Smokejumper Base

The Methow Valley is considered the birthplace of smokejumping. Developed in the 1930’s as a means to quickly reach forest fires by having firefighters “jump” from a plane. Located 4 miles south of Winthrop daily tours June-October. Stop in. ncsbsmokejumpers.com


Falls Creek Waterfall

Located 12 miles from Winthrop on the West Chewuch Road this ¼ mile paved hike takes you to the base of a stunning waterfall. The drive there is gorgeous and there are a variety of other hiking trails nearby. The waterfall should not be missed.

Pearrygin Lake State Park

4 miles NW of Winthrop, Pearrygin Lake is one of the most popular state parks in the state. There are great fishing, swimming and hiking opportunities for the whole family. parks.wa.gov/parks


Horseback Riding

There are a number of professional outfitters that offer hour-long to week-long horseback riding options for all abilities. Learn More


Farmers Markets

The Methow Valley Farmers Market is in Twisp Saturday 9am - 12pm. Sunday catch the Winthrop Market from 10am - 2pm in the Winthrop Park. The markets not only sell great food but also have music, art and activities for all ages.
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Sheri’s Sweet Shoppe

Don’t miss homemade ice cream, waffle cones, and candy at this Winthrop institution located right in the middle of downtown. You’ve earned it!  Take your photo on a cowboy saddle or play a round of miniature golf.  sherissweetshoppe.com


Or, do nothing!

That’s the beauty of the Methow Valley. We embrace a very laid-back lifestyle. We call it “Methow time.” Step off the conveyor belt, get away from the rat race, find your inner peace.  Enjoy!