Ride on a steam train. Hike the Goat's Rock Wilderness. Fly fish on the Cowlitz. Antique shop. Celebrate a festival. Explore the White Pass Scenic Byway. Lewis County boasts the best that the rural and wild Northwest has to offer. Looking for an activity? There's something for everyone! Find the perfect activity for whatever - weekend getaway, family vacation, or just personal excursion. You'll find it here!
Appease car weary children and play in our city parks. The skate park in Centralia is the largest free skate park in the Northwest. Chehalis and Penny Playground inspires the imagination of children and adults. Borst Park features a public swimming pool, picnic facilities, historic attractions and more.
Lewis County's Twin Cities; Centralia and Chehalis
We welcome your interest in visiting Centralia. You can shop for antiques, visit the Factory Outlets, or stroll through the Historic Downtown District where you’ll find boutiques, restaurants, a winery, a family-owned jewelry shop, and much more. Plus, you’ll find a home-style atmosphere that is appealing to residents and visitors alike.
The Centralia Downtown Historic District is a contiguous collection of commercial buildings that comprise the heart of the City of Centralia. The central business district has been the apex of community life since it was platted in 1885 and today the rich tapestry of businesses offer local residents and visitors a variety of dining, shopping, entertainment and recreational experiences.
Chehalis is a friendly and fun-loving community. Stroll the streets of “Old Town” where historic buildings are reborn with charming boutiques and inviting eateries. Take the kids to a real soda fountain or grab a cup of joe and let them enjoy the kids room at our locally owned bookstore. The Westside District also offers a shopping experience with many name brand stores and more family-friendly restaurants. Combine history with your stroll on a Historic Walking Tour in the heart of Chehalis. Kids will be delighted with an afternoon at Recreation Park ,home of the Gail & Carolyn Shaw Aquatics Center, kiddy spray park, and sprawling Penny Playground. Special events and festivals keep the crowds hopping year-round, from the Community Farmers Market each summer, to ChehalisFest in July. In August, don’t miss the Chehalis Garlic Fest & Craft Show and December’s Santa Parade ! For details about these events and activities, and more, visit us at www.ci.chehalis.wa.us.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of steam railroading as it used to be. Ride the 1916 logging locomotive on a scenic and relaxing journey through the Chehalis River Valley. The locomotive's last assignment was to pull log trains for the Cowlitz, Chehalis, and Cascade Railroad which operated in the area until the mid-1950s. The cars on the train are restored coaches from the 1920s. We invite you to ride the steam train on one of their regular excursions, special brunch or dinner trains, murder mystery trains, or special event trains. Visit www.steamtrainride.com or call 360-748-9593 for more information.
The mission of the Veterans Memorial Museum is to honor and perpetuate the memory of the service men and women who have served in our nation's armed forces down through the history of our country during peacetime or war. The mission of the museum began over a decade ago with the goal of making sure that our veterans, "Shall Not Be Forgotten."
The Lewis County Historical Museum is housed in the historic, 1912 turn of the century Northern Pacific Railway Depot. Operated by the Lewis County Historical Society, it is dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of Lewis County, Washington. For more information visit www.lewiscountymuseum.org , or call 360-748-0831.
The Vintage Motorcycle Museum, located in the historic Hotel Washington, is home to original and fully restored, pre-1916 motorcycles and an assortment of antique bicycles. This private museum’s showcases are filled with memorabilia and historical photographs. For more information visit their website at www.AntiqueMotorcycles.net, or call 360-748-3472.
A complete listing of year-round events and places to visit in Lewis County can be found on the Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce website.