Who said you had to leave your favorite town to go on vacation? Now you don't! Here are some day plans for anyone who wants to have fun, relax, or hang out with friends in the comfort of a small town.
Check out our Community Events Calendar for fun events you can incorporate to your daycation.
Ridgefield offers many options to get the kids out of the house and enjoy quality family time together!
- Start the morning with a quick breakfast at Old Liberty Theater. Old Liberty Theater has an array of pastries, bagels and offers a breakfast sandwich. If it's a Saturday between June and the first weekend in October, visit the Farmers Market at Overlook Park to buy unique goods and fresh produce. The Bakerchic's booth offers tasty pastries and breads.
- On the first Saturday of each month, Ridgefield holds themed family-friendly events in downtown. Activities may include crafts and activities, scavenger hunts, games, and sports. Check out our upcoming First Saturday events here.
- One great family activity is to go to a Ridgefield Raptors game together! The Raptors play June through early August at the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex.
- Head down to the waterfront, and take a walk along the waterfront trail, an easy yet beautiful walk that's perfect for kids. Most days, there is plenty of wind on the waterfront for kite flying. Bring field games like volleyball or soccer for the family to play together!
- Enjoy a picnic lunch on the waterfront or at Davis Park. Center Market has a hot case loaded with quick lunch items or stop by Carts by the Park to order a tasty lunch from Little Conejo, Sugars Barbecue, Little Canteen, or Sushi Kato.
- On Tuesdays, starting in June, the Battle Ground Parks and Recreation Program will offer its Playground Program at noon in Davis Park. Check the Community Events Calendar for more information.
- For an afternoon treat, pick up some ice cream or a smoothie from Season's Coffee.
- If Fido is along on the family daycation, visit the Ridgefield Off Leash Dog Park. Located near Hillhurst and Great Blue Road, the dog park features a fenced, off-leash area where licensed dogs can run and play.
- For more family fun activities, visit Abrams Park. Abrams Park has 2 playgrounds, baseball fields, soccer fields, a walking trail and a creek. There is also the Fairgrounds Community Park near Clark County Fairgrounds. It has lots of playground equipment, 2 picnic shelters, a paved walking trail, and a basketball half-court.
- Another great option for the family is the Practice Range at Tri-Mountain Golf Course. Every day after 3 pm, kids (under 17 years old) play free with one paid adult. Tri-Mountain Golf Course is a 10-minute drive from downtown Ridgefield. The Practice Facility offers a full driving range, practice chipping and pitching green as well as a 9-hole putting course.
- End the day with dinner at Sportsman's Public House or El Rancho Viejo. Both are perfect for the family!
- If you are ready to head home for the night, pick up a take-and-bake pizza from Zebrun's Starliner.
Whichever excursions you choose to enjoy for your Ridgefield Daycation you’ll want to grab a bite to eat. So check out these eateries in Ridgefield for some great meal options.
Ridgefield has beautiful wineries throughout and around the city. If you love wine, go winery-hopping! On the weekend, head out to the various wineries in and around Ridgefield. Enjoy the natural beauty and bounty of the place you live.
Ridgefield has seen some fun, unique breweries and taprooms popping up lately!
For those who love food, there are great locations around town to test out your taste buds, so make a day out of it!
- Start your day off with a cup of coffee from Lava Java. It is located just 7 minutes away from downtown at the junction. They serve hand-crafted boutique coffees from around the world. These specialty coffees are roasted fresh and locally by Stumptown Coffee Roasters.
- After getting coffee, head to downtown Ridgefield for the 1.1-mile self-guided Historic Walking Tour. Downtown Ridgefield is home to many historical sites, including homes, churches, theaters, and banks.
- The self-guided tour begins at Ridgefield Hardware Store (which was constructed by the Independent Order of Oddfellows in 1914) and ends at Historic Lindley Meeker House.
- After the tour, pick up some food for a lunch picnic at Zebrun's Starliner, a family-owned and operated grocery store/deli that has served the community for over five decades and is known for its 'Dagwood' sized made-to-order sandwiches.
- After getting lunch, you can take another walk around the Downtown Arts Quarter to check out all the amazing artwork local artists have put up. Download the Distrx app to learn more about artwork around town.
- Visit the Ridgefield Mercantile, located at the corner of 5th and Pioneer. The Mercantile offers visitors a unique retail experience of curated vintage booths featuring timeless treasures and local products.
- The Ridgefield Community Library displays a wonderful array of original artwork by local artists. New artwork rotates in every other month. The exterior windows in the Library display iconic images of historic Ridgefield.
If it's March, you can check out, Youth Arts Month, a partnership between Ridgefield School District and the Ridgefield Art Association, that encourages young people to take part in artistic endeavors including literary, visual, musical, and performing arts. Visit the Ridgefield School District's website for a complete calendar of events.
End your day with dinner at Sportsman's Public House. They offer Burgers, Steak, Sandwiches, Soups, Salads, Cocktails, and Beer.
Tip: To save money, eat out once a week instead of all in one day. You'll also have something to look forward to each week!
Treat yourself and relax…without going far away!
- Start off your spa day with a coffee and a handmade bakery treat, breakfast burrito or croissant from The Birds and the Beans Coffee Refuge located in the lobby of the Ridgefield Administrative and Civic Center, 510 Pioneer Street
- Ridgefield offers a variety of hairdressing salons you can choose from:
- Main Street Studio is located right across the street from Season's Coffee Shop. They offer men and women haircuts, colors, and massages!
- Mirror Salon is an 8-minute drive from the downtown area to the junction and they offer men and women haircuts and color, Brazilian blowouts, skin, eyelash, facials, and waxing services.
- Living Waters Hair Salon across from Overlook Park specializes in cuts and color.
- For nail care, visit Emmy's Nails and Spa. It is located off Main Avenue next to Bunnie's Pizza. They provide relaxing manicures, pedicures, facials, and waxing services.
- If you really want to treat yourself, schedule a massage at one of Ridgefield's multiple massage studios:
- Main Street Studio: located on Main Avenue offers massage services in addition to hair care.
- Ridgefield Chiropractic and Massage: Here, you can get a Chiropractic doctor to care for any pain you may have; including back pain, neck pain, and headaches. You can also go in for a massage, where they do a full-body session that will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders.
- Sage Organics: Laurie Lanza is a licensed esthetician and massage therapist. She is passionate about wellness. Her primary product line is Eminence Organics, a triple-certified organic facial line from Hungary. She also carries PCA SKIN products for those who desire chemical peels.
Tip: you can make this a fun day for any celebration, like a birthday, or a just a day with friends!
If you love the outdoors then this daycation is for you!
- Begin the day with a kayak, boat, or SUP adventure on Lake River! Kayaks and SUP boards can be rented from Alder Creek/Ridgefield Kayak, located at the Ridgefield Marina off Mill Street. If you have your own boat, you can launch motorized boats at the Ridgefield Public Boat Launch at the end of Mill St or launch non-motorized boats at the kayak launch located at the end of Division St.
- Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge has approximately 200 bird species that have been observed on the Refuge. As you are paddling your way around, can you spot the different bird species?
- For a more extensive water tour, take your boat on Lake River and follow this Water Trail Interpretive Guide (PDF) for more information about the birds, wildlife, and history of the area!
- Up for a challenge? Download the Geocaching app and discover hidden treasures around Ridgefield! Geocaching is a location-based treasure hunt. Use the app to pick a cache, go to the location and read the hints to find a hidden container. There are several caches around Ridgefield. See how many you can find!
- Afterward, pick up some lunch from the Center Market, right on the corner of Pioneer St and Main Avenue, locally known as the corner store. They carry a wide variety of products including grocery items, produce, candy, snacks, household items, and delicious deli food. Take your lunch for an outdoor picnic:
- Stroll across Main Avenue to Overlook Park to enjoy lunch with an expansive view of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Seating is available at two picnic tables, two benches, or sit on the stage. If you visit on a Wednesday in the summer enjoy free live music as part of "Musicians in the Park" from noon to 1:30.
- Meander one block south on Main Avenue to Eagle View Park for a unique view of Lake River houseboats and the Refuge. There are picnic tables and benches in the park.
- Walk 3 blocks north to Davis Park on Main Avenue and eat at one of the picnic tables or in the grass field. Kids can take a break and play on the play structure.
- Take your food to Lake River waterfront and enjoy a nice picnic beside the water. You can even jump in for a swim, or fly a kite!
- After lunch, visit the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge offers you a few options to explore the outdoors:
- Oaks to Wetlands Trail, Open Year-round, daily
The Oaks to Wetlands trail is located on the Carty Unit of the Refuge. The trail has several internal loops and offers hiking distances of less than a mile to over 2 miles. The Cathlapotle Plankhouse may be viewed from this trail.
- Kiwa Trail, Seasonal Closure
A 1.5-mile loop with wildlife as the star attraction. Experienced birders can identify 40 to 50 species in a single morning. Check for closures on the refuge website.
- Carty Lake Trail, Open May 1 through September 30
The Carty Lake Trail entrance is located at the Port of Ridgefield. The trail system offers Port visitors a free path to the Lake River overlook. Beyond there, visitors can go on the fee-entry seasonal trail to the Cathlapotle Plankhouse, the Oaks to Wetlands Trail System, and Refuge Office. Visitors can connect back to town by exiting the refuge at Main Avenue and walking along the newly improved pedestrian path for a 5-mile loop trail system through the Refuge, City, and Port.
- Auto Tour, Saturdays only through July 2020, daylight hours
This four-mile loop gives visitors of all physical abilities the chance to see many habitats and wildlife up close in any season as you use your vehicle as a viewing blind.
- Oaks to Wetlands Trail, Open Year-round, daily
Please note: Refuge Trails are a fee area and no dogs are allowed.
End your day at El Rancho Viejo, a Mexican Restaurant. Located on 3rd Avenue in the former home of the Reflector Newspaper! For after-dinner drinks, travel next door to Ridgefield Craft Brewing. This is the only brewery in downtown Ridgefield. Ridgefield Craft Brewing is strictly 21+, and patrons can sit inside or outside on the expansive patio area.
Tip: Bring a friend who loves nature as much as you do, or a date!
Bring your friends along for a fun day together!
- Start the day off by grabbing some friends and heading down to the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. There, you can sign up for a GeoAdventure. The GeoAdventure allows participants to explore a Refuge trail playing the role of a biologist, geologist, or archeologist. Each participant is presented a small bag filled with mysterious objects including printed materials, natural objects, clues, and a journal. You may need an adult with you to check out the equipment.
- After lunch, browse the local shops to find some unique knickknacks! The Ridgefield Mercantile and the Ridgefield Hardware Store always have something of interest. If its a Saturday, make sure to check out the Farmers Market (Saturdays June-October) to see what the vendors are selling.
- After shopping, stop by the Season's Coffee for an ice cream cone or smoothie. Walk to the Community Skate Park for some skating while you enjoy your refreshments.
- Head down to Abrams Park to play soccer, a round of disc golf, or navigate the permanent orienteering course. The Abrams Park Disc Golf course is located in the trees behind the north playground. Learn more about the Abrams Park Permanent Orienteering Course.
- You can also visit the Ridgefield Community Library. The Library is on Main Avenue, they have an area just for teens and offer various teen events.