Summer is almost halfway over. With only a few months left of longer days and warmer temps, now is the time to hop in the car and get your summer adventures in before the kids head back to school. Cowlitz County, home to Mount St. Helens, is the perfect destination to take a road trip, get outside, and find unique (and even some free!) experiences that are sure to make for a memorable summer.
The region boasts some of the best fishing, camping, and hiking in the Pacific Northwest, but if that's not your thing, or you're looking for a way to shake up your summer routine, Cowlitz County has got you covered.
Tune out at Lake Sacajawea
This laid-back lakefront park is excellent for family picnics, breezy canoe rides around the lake, and the perfect spot to throw in a line. Relax and take a load off.
If you're lucky enough to make your stay a long weekend trip, this is the ideal spot to be on Thursday evenings. Lake Sacajawea hosts a Concerts at the Lake summer series that runs until August 15.
Kick back, grab a burger, rock out, and enjoy the lake views at this free event.
Go nuts at Civic Circle
Take a stroll through downtown to shop, grab a delicious treat, and then head down to Civic Circle for a post-lunch stroll through the park. This Longview staple gleams with bright green grass and picturesque tree-lined pathways.
Civic Circle is well known for the many events it throws year-round, but perhaps the most famous of all is the annual SquirrelFest. This one-of-a-kind free event pays homage to the furry creatures during this daylong festival. They're games for kids, vendors selling handmade crafts, local food to snack on, and a free concert followed by fireworks.
If you're feeling squirrelly for a weekend trip, hightail it over to Civic Circle on August 17 for the 2019 SquirrelFest.
Reach for the stars at Mount St. Helens Science & Learning Center
The trip to Mount St. Helens is worth it alone for the breathtaking views (or Instagram photos), but if the massive mount has you wondering about where to start, check out Mount St. Helens Institute.
Parents and kids alike will enjoy immersive events like the free Summer on the Mountain Series which includes guided walks, science activities, and geo-caching. You have two chances to join the fun on July 27 and September 28.
For the night owls, hang out under the stars at the Mount St. Helens Sky and Star Party. You'll set up camp and get a tour of the night sky with local astronomers. If you want to join the party on August 23 (or August 24, contingent on weather), you'll need to sign up to secure your spot.
While It may seem like summer is flying by, there's still plenty of time to explore, adventure, and make your summer one for the books.
Explore all Mount St. Helens has to offer and plan your trip online at www.visitmtsthelens.com or call the Cowlitz County Tourism office at 360-577-3137 for more information.