Extraordinary family friendly things to do in Winthrop. Grab your cowboy hat and don’t miss these top attractions!
Explore an easy, gently graded trail to Falls Creek Falls just outside of Winthrop. The first waterfall is just a quarter-mile from the trailhead and is accessible via a paved trail. If your thirst for falling water isn't quenched by just one, follow a gentle switchback from the lower viewpoint to the top of the first falls. Here you can enjoy views of an upper falls in addition to the water rushing over the rocks that creates the lower falls.
Heckendorn park is a neighborhood park along the river. It is mostly fenced. It features a basketball court, playground with slides and swings, picnic tables, lots of green grass, and a drinking fountain.
The Methow Valley is the birthplace of smokejumping. The initial experimental jumps were made during the fall of 1939 using the first Forest Service owned aircraft, an SR-10 Stinson. One revolutionary smokejumper is Fracis Lufkin, who took his first jump in the 1939 experiments. Smokejumping was developed in the late 1930’s as a means to quickly reach fires in remote road-less areas for initial attack.
Largest outdoor seating area in town. Sheri's been making and serving sweet delectable treats for over 19 years. Our ice cream and cinnamon rolls are famous! Featuring daily baked goods, candies, espresso and lunch items. We carry an endless supply of both bulk and nostalgic candies. Don't forget the miniature golf!
As an active recreation area, the bridge provides a safe route for pedestrians and cyclists from the south end of downtown to the center of town. The 380-foot-long bike and pedestrian bridge marks the beginning of the Susie Stephens Trail, and is a defining feature of the downtown area. The bridge design incorporates features that make it consistent with the town’s western theme.
Perched on a mountaintop overlooking Winthrop, Sun Mountain Lodge has 112 guestrooms with a variety of room types: cozy cabins on a private beach at Patterson Lake, standard guestrooms in the main Lodge and luxury accommodations featuring private patios and jetted tubs. Other amenities include a full service activities shop, year-round gear rentals, two restaurants including the AAA-four diamond dining room and casual Bar and Grill, full service spa and a 5,000 bottle wine collection. 60 kilometers of trails right from your door! Activities include: horseback riding, mtn biking, pool, tennis, fishing, boating, hot tubs, XC skiing. Recently honored by Fodor’s Travel as one of the Top 100 hotels in the world.
An independent bookstore located in the heart of downtown Winthrop. Trails End Bookstore is proud to showcase its selection of over 10,000 hand picked titles. Quality literature, unique non-fiction and history, fields guides, audio books, and a large children's section are some of our favorites. In addition we have a selection of games, puzzles, music, journals and cards. Customer orders are our specialty, with most books arriving in just a few days.
The Winthrop Rink is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to build community through the joy of outdoor skating and recreation. Winthrop's award-winning outdoor ice rink is located next to the Spring Creek Bridge in downtown Winthrop. The rink is open as winter weather allows. Check our website for schedule and programs. In the summer the facility serves as a community, outdoor soccer and pickleball field.
Winthrop National Fish Hatchery works with partners to achieve goals we couldn't do as well alone. Our staff works closely with the Washington Dept of Fish and Wildlife and Douglas County Public Utility District in collecting adult steelhead for broodstock, and in the monitoring and evaluation of the hatchery steelhead programs in the Methow Sub-basin. We raise coho salmon for the Yakama Nation to help them with their vision of restoring coho populations. The Nation also rehabilitates steelhead kelts at our hatchery. These are just a few examples of partnerships that benefit wildlife and people.