Monthly Guided Travel Tours
These free monthly tours are designed for children and their caregivers seeking ways to explore interesting and fun destinations in Chelan and Douglas counties which are easily accessed with Link Transit’s fixed-route system.
All tours begin and end at Wenatchee’s Columbia Station and are designed to familiarize community members with public transportation. Participating families will receive a guide to bus-friendly family destinations.
Reserve a spot by calling 509-664-7624 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited.
Wenatchee Valley Museum
9:30 AM, Thursday, Feb. 21
Meet up at Columbia Station to make a heart-shaped bird feeder then board the No. 7 bus to the museum.
Design a Valentine’s Card using the art materials available in the museum’s toddler craft and exploration room, play in the loft or interact with the hands-on sensory materials. Meet up with Bus 8E on Orondo and Mission streets to arrive back at the station by noon.
9:30 AM, Friday, March 15
Decorate (and eat) a shamrock cookie at Columbia Station, then board the B Bus for a visit to Wenatchee’s signature Pybus Public Market, enjoy a gelato and launch a tiny sailboat made from natural materials at the boat launch. Stay for lunch and take a later B Bus or head back to the station. Guided tour ends at noon.
Community Education Garden
9:30 AM, Friday, April 19
Meet up at Columbia Station for a ride on the No. 5 bus to visit the Winnie the Pig sculpture garden in Wenatchee's Community Education Garden. Play a plant sensory and seed identification game.
Finish the day with some play time at Rotary Park.
Pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it or catch the next No. 5 Bus back to the station. Guided tour ends at 12:30 p.m.
Celebrate spring with sculpture tour
9:30 AM, Friday, May 24
Design your own pasta sculpture at Columbia Station before taking a ride on the C Bus to the Riverwalk Bridge, a connection to the Art on the Avenues Sculpture Garden. Create your own leave-behind sculpture before heading back to the station from Pybus Public Market via the B Bus. Guided tour ends at noon.
Blackbird Island Nature Hike & sun prints
9:30 AM, Friday, June 21
Meet up at Columbia Station for a fun adventure on the No. 22 Bus to the beautiful walking trails near popular Leavenworth, WA. Enjoy a leisurely stroll while stoking children’s curiosity of the natural world. Pack a picnic blanket and lunch for a sedate day in the park and on the grounds of the Upper Valley Museum and Wenatchee River Institute. Guided tour ends at 2 p.m.
Memorial Park Scavenger Hunt and library story time
9:30 AM, Wednesday, June 26
Tour Columbia Station’s art collection and ride the No. 5 Bus to the Wenatchee Public Library for a special story time featuring community landmarks followed by a Memorial Park scavenger hunt. Learn how memorials help to form a collective community memory. Catch the No.5 back to the station. Guided tour ends at noon.
Douglas County Museum in Waterville
1 PM, Friday, Aug. 16
Meet up at Columbia Station to take advantage of the longer summer days for this afternoon road trip via the No. 25 bus through historic dryland wheat fields. Escape the August heat to see some cool glow-in-the-dark rocks and start your own North Central Washington rock collection. Stroll through Waterville’s historic downtown, check out the courthouse, Nifty Theatre and the 116-year-old Waterville Historic Hotel. Catch the return No. 25 bus to end the guided tour at 5:30 p.m.
Wenatchee Riverfront Railway
10:30 AM, Friday, Sept. 20
Board the C Bus at Columbia Station to traverse the Riverwalk Bridge on the way to experience a ride on the Wenatchee Riverfront Railway. This popular destination has delighted young and old for 30 years. Take the B Bus from Pybus Public Market back to the station. Guided tour ends at noon.
Cashmere Museum and Pioneer Village
9:30 AM, Friday, Oct. 25
Take a ride on Bus 22 from Columbia Station to the Cashmere Museum and Pioneer Village. A blacksmith shop, church, school and apothecary are among the 20 structures open for exploration
in this museum’s extensive Pioneer Village. The tour includes hands-on activities designed to enhance the learning experience.
Each cabin is furnished with antiques from the late 19th and 20 centuries. The museum features 13,000 feet of exhibit space filled with displays reflecting the rich local history of the region and featuring
Native American objects, pioneer artifacts, geological specimens, taxidermy and ornithology. Return to the station via Bus 28. Guided tour ends at 12:15 p.m.
9:30 AM, Friday, Nov. 8
Hop on Bus 22 at Columbia Station to take the sweetest tour of the Cascade Loop to see how candy is made in Cashmere’s Aplets & Cotlets Candy Kitchen. See how these candies are made from hand-sorted nuts to hand-packed boxes and taste-test delicious samples fresh from the factory. Liberty Orchards was founded in the 1920s by Armenian immigrants Armen Tertsagian and Mark Balaban, who created the original Aplet, made with locally grown apples and walnuts. Return to Columbia Station via Bus 28. Guided tour ends at 12:15 p.m.
Letters to Santa Post Office trip
9:30 AM, December Friday, Dec. 13
Special scribe elves from Santa’s workshop will be on hand at Columbia Station to assist with letter writing and using the No. 5 Link bus to get to the post office for mail delivery. Trip features candy canes and an opportunity to create a holiday wreath swag, table centerpiece, door or fireplace hanging after returning to the station via Bus. No. 5. Guided tour ends at noon.