Why come to Walla Walla?

Great music, great friends and great fun.

The Walla Walla Suzuki Institute brings Northwest students together to study with excellent teachers. Dr. Suzuki’s idea of a better world through Talent Education was born out of the destruction and devastation of World War II. At the Walla Walla Suzuki Institute, we celebrate his legacy by providing positive experiences and a unique opportunity for students, parents, and teachers to come together for great music, great friends and great fun.


Walla Walla is unique.

Voted “Friendliest City in America,” Walla Walla is a place where natural beauty, tip-top restaurants, arts, outdoor living and small town friendliness come together to create a community unlike any other. In fact, Walla Walla was recently touted by Sunset Magazine for not only owning America’s Best Main Street, but also for being a Favorite Small-Town Foodie Haven.

A vibrant reflection of the past and the present, downtown Walla Walla is the place where you begin to discover what makes Walla Walla so special. A walk down tree-lined streets reveals a funky mix of vintage shops, boutiques, cafes, bookstores, restaurants and more.


The Outdoors

The valley itself offers a diverse variety of striking landscapes: bordered by the Columbia River basin and its desert beauty as you enter from the west, rolling wheat fields and vineyards through the surrounding countryside, and the scenic Blue Mountains to the southeast. Walla Walla is the regional hub of hiking, climbing, camping, boating, cycling and all things outdoors.

With 300 days of annual sunshine, Walla Walla inspires people to get outside. During your stay, cheer on the Sweets, Walla Walla’s West Coast League baseball team. If you like golf, visit Golf Magazine's #5 on their list of Best New Golf Courses in the country, the unique Wine Valley Golf Club.

Walla Walla is a cyclist’s dream. Beloved for the rural farm roads that meander through rolling wheat fields, friendly drivers and lots of fellow cyclists, Walla Walla is celebrated as Washington’s top road cycling destination. The nearby Blue Mountains offer experienced riders steep climbs and sharp turns to attack, while the flat lands and paved trails that run through Walla Walla’s historic neighborhoods and farmlands are perfect for a cruise. An easy ride from town, Bennington Lake offers challenging mountain bike trails. The nearby Blue Mountains offer miles and miles of single track trails for mountain bike adventures. Fort Walla Walla Park gives BMX bikers and skaters of all ages a place to show off their skills.

The pro-style BMX track is host to competitions throughout the year, while the nearby skateboard park is the perfect place to dial in a new trick. At the Mill Creek Sportsplex you can ride a new skatepark designed by the renowned Oregon-based, Dreamland Skateparks.

 

Family Fun

With a wide variety of local vendors, farmers and artisans offering produce, handmade crafts and more, the Walla Walla Farmers Market is a great place to take the family shopping for a meal or a souvenir. The Sweet Putt features indoor and outdoor mini-golf while the Ice Chalet offers year-round ice skating.

If your family feels like playing, Walla Walla has 15 public parks to explore, totaling 600 acres. They feature 20 miles of hiking trails, state-of-the-art playgrounds, disc golf, tennis courts.

 

The Arts

From ever-present public art to the longest running symphony west of the Mississippi, to the theaters, museums and displays of art found throughout the region, Walla Walla is as fertile ground for culture as it is for grapes.

Musicals, comedy and drama can be found on stage in several locations in the Valley. The Little Theatre of Walla Walla, Whitman College’s Harper Joy Theatre, Walla Walla University, and Walla Walla Community College all provide top-notch performances throughout the year.

The recent renovation of the former Walla Walla Gas Plant into the 340-seat Power House Theater provides a home for Shakespeare Walla Walla and a venue for other live shows. The design was inspired by Shakespeare’s Blackfriars Theatre in London.

During the twice-annual Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival, music fills the streets, restaurants, libraries and parks of Walla Walla. A host of acclaimed, award-winning musicians take to the streets and transform three weeks of summer and a week of winter into an ongoing musical experience.

You’ll find bluegrass, jazz, blues, rock and every genre you can imagine in Walla Walla’s performance halls, restaurants and public spaces.

 

History

The history of Walla Walla is a combination of geological marvels, ancestral inhabitants, intrepid explorers, early settlers, and agricultural riches. The museums of Walla Walla tell a complex story of days gone by and how they have intertwined to form the Walla Walla of today. Many of the museums host special events, workshops, demonstrations and seasonal activities the whole family can enjoy.

Walla Walla is located on the Oregon Trail, where the Whitman Mission National Historic Site attracts thousands of visitors each year. A trip through the mission provides a deep education into a tragic and controversial story that you and your kids won’t find in a textbook. Drop in to the Fort Walla Walla Museum for a taste of life in the 1800s.

Once you try Walla Walla, you’ll keep coming back.


Walla Walla left me with “the pleasantest impression upon my mind of any city I visited while in the Northwest.”
— Teddy Roosevelt

 

And, Just for Suzuki Institute Families...

Walla Walla University has kindly granted free entrance to the Walla Walla University Swimming pool. You can get your exercise and have a great time without even leaving campus.