Cheap Or Free Fun Things To Do Okanagan BC
Adventure Out For Really Cool Family Friendly Fun!
Are there free or cheap fun things to do in the Okanagan? Absolutely!
Lots of Okanagan BC attractions are not too expensive to take in. And some you can do for free (or almost free)!
Adventure out and explore what the valley has to offer for a fairly reasonable cost.
Plus, you can cut your costs by bringing along a picnic lunch!
Play Mini Golf at Night
For something a little different in mini golf, check out 19 Greens Putt 'N Play in Kelowna.
They have a putting green that is open at night. It's right along Okanagan Lake and the view of the city of Kelowna is beautiful in the dark.
There's an 18 hole natural grass putting course and also an 18 hole astro mini golf course. The course is lit (obviously), and is open from 9 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week in the summer, from July 1st to the September labour day long weekend.
To get there just follow the Campbell Road exit off Hwy 97 at the Bennett bridge.
Explore Knox Mountain In Kelowna! It's FREE
Knox Mountain Park is a dedicated Okanagan parkland, and is named after Arthur Booth Knox, a Scotsman who came to British Columbia in 1874. He owned and farmed large parcels of land, including mount Knox, and in 1904 sold his land. The park was dedicated in 1967.
The park is over 300 hectares (more than 750 acres) in size and the peak of Mount Knox is about 640 metres above sea level, or about 2,100 feet, providing some incredibly stunning, panoramic views of the Okanagan Valley.
Tour The Osoyoos Desert Center
An interesting Okanagan Valley attraction, the Osoyoos Desert Centre, you can walk through the centre along the raised boardwalk, on your own or with a guide, and learn about the biodiversity of the plants and animal species that live here, including the western rattlesnake and the endangered burrowing owl.
Tours are relatively inexpensive, about $16 for a family of four. A guided tour is about 1 1/2 hours. Kids really enjoy exploring, walking the boardwalk, and spending most of their time with their eyes peeled to und the ground looking for any sort of miniature life.
Go on a sunny day, though, and take plenty of water. Even though it may be hot out, you'll likely see more wildlife.
Check Out The Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory
At White Lake near the city of Penticton, BC, the White Lake Observatory is the largest radio astronomy observatory in Canada.
The observatory studies studies radio signals in space.
The observatory grounds and visitor center are open year-round for self-guided tours. In the summer you can take a guided tour. Bring a picnic lunch!
Allan Brooks Nature Centre
Just outside of Vernon BC, the Allan Brooks Nature Centre is worth the visit for the panoramic views of the Okanagan Valley alone.
You can see 3 lakes and experience five different ecosystems all in one trip! Admission is cheap, a family can visit for under $30.
There's an interpretive program, habitat room, trails, and naturescape gardens, where you can see and learn all about the natural habitat of the region.
Visit The O'Keefe Ranch
The O'Keefe Ranch, near the city of Vernon, BC, is a cool place to spend a day walking through the and seeing how life was in the early days of ranching in the Okanagan.
There's some great Okanagan history here!
At last check we found the rates were about $12 for adults, $11.00 for students (okay, not the cheapest, but cheaper than parasailing, and ages 5 and under free. The also have family rates.
There are a number of original buildings that you can tour, see some vintage relics, check out the farm animals, and see the blacksmith shop. Bring your lunch for a cheaper outing, or eat at the restaurant.
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