Top 5 Things to Do in and near Mead, WA in the Winter

The Keylock Team | November 9, 2021 @ 12:00 AM

Winter is a special time of year, a time for the natural world to sleep, for snow to cover the land, and for us to celebrate our most cherished holidays. Just because it’s cold and snowy doesn’t mean that outdoor activities stop, either. People love ice skating, skiing, and snowboarding. Plus, there are always lights to enjoy.

To make sure you have a wonderful winter in and around Mead, here are some activities we recommend.


Ice Skating

You don’t need to go any farther than Spokane if you like ice skating and one rink you’ll want to visit is Eagles Ice Arena. It features public skating, has preschool skating for children three to eight, and teaches both skating and hockey. Also check out the rink at Riverfront Park, where you can enjoy Cheap Skate Tuesday, which starts Nov. 23 and ends Feb. 22, 2022. 


Skiing and Snowboarding

You’ll have to drive a little farther to visit a ski resort, but the trip will be worth it. 

First, there’s Hills Resort in Priest Lake, Idaho. This is an all-year resort where you can rent a cabin. In the winter, they have cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. In Sandpoint, Idaho, you’ll find Schweitzer Mountain Resort, which has nine lifts and is a great place to ski and snowboard. We also encourage you to consider Silver Mountain Resort in Kellogg, Idaho. This resort features scenic gondola rides up the mountain, skiing and snowboarding, cabins, and more.


Fire Lookout Museum

Maybe you just want to get out for a few hours. If so, make an appointment at the Fire Lookout Museum, but do so soon. The museum is open to the public from March through November, so this is more of a late-fall adventure. However, it’ll be getting cold as November wraps up, and you can think of this as your first winter adventure of the year.

This non-profit museum teaches about wilderness safety, particularly wildfires. This site preserves the local history of preventing fires, including a huge collection of Smokey Bear memorabilia. There are two surprisingly tall lookout towers rangers used to look out for fires, a fireguard station, a fire truck from 1953, vintage firefighting tools, and much more.


Numerica Lights up the Night

This year, check out 40 decorated Christmas trees along the Spokane riverfront. Numerica Lights Up the Night Tree Walk lasts from Nov. 27, through Jan. 3, 2022. Go online to watch the tree lighting on Nov. 27 at 4:30 p.m.

Local businesses sponsor the event and decorate the trees. Start at the Clock Tower and walk along the Pavillion. The lights are on from sunset to 10:00 p.m. nightly.


Enchanted Garden Drive-Thru Holiday Lights at Manito

The Enchanted Garden Drive-Thru Holiday Lights at Manito runs through Dec. 10-19. This event makes a perfect date night or night out with the family from the comfort of your car.

This event used to be held indoors in the Gaiser Conservatory. However, due to COVID safety reasons, it’s been converted to a drive-thru event. You’ll see decorated trees, Santa figures and snowmen, lighted wireframe statues, candy canes, adorable Christmas buildings, and a whole lot more. This is a great way to get into the holiday spirit.

Need a place to store some of your summer clothes, business inventory, or camping gear as you begin prepping for the holidays this winter? Then visit us at Keylock Storage. We have properties in Mead and Pasco and are happy to serve the local communities. We include boat and RV parking, so you can keep your large, winterized vehicle safe until spring. Rent a unit online or in person.