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5 of the Very Best Things to Do in Ridgefield, WA, for Families!

January 22, 2024

There can never be too many choices of things to do with your kids. If you’re looking for some fun outside the urban areas of Portland, OR, and Vancouver, WA, head north a few miles. Here, you can explore 5 of the very best things to do in Ridgefield, WA, for families.

Family-friendly Activities in Ridgefield

Ridgefield, WA, is a small town on the Oregon-Washington border. But don’t let the size fool you. Ridgefield is big on family-friendly things to do.

New Traditions Homes builds communities of new homes in Ridgefield and the surrounding area. We’ve had the chance to get to know the area and all the things to do in Ridgefield, WA. Here’s information about the best ones.

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

Connecting (or reconnecting) with nature is an ageless and rewarding activity. The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is a natural habitat where humans are allowed to visit and view unspoiled lands and protected wildlife. The 5,218-acre refuge includes two easily accessible areas (Carty Unit and RIver S Unit)—at the cost of just a few dollars per carload. 

If you want a guided experience, ranger-led walks, tours, and programs will give you and your family an informative experience, like learning about nesting of sea turtles. You might even catch a glimpse of a bald eagle!

For a more active recreational experience, here are some of the kid-friendly activities at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge:

  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Backpacking
  • Camping
  • Dog-sledding
  • Dog training
  • Horseback riding
  • Birding
  • Climbing
  • Archery
  • Cross country skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Fishing
  • Ice fishing
  • Shell fishing
  • Earthcaching
  • Picnicking

Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex

Another great destination for outdoor fun is the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex. The complex spans 53 acres. Come here to spend a day on the playgrounds or walking trails. Also, local teams—maybe your children’s—play soccer, baseball, softball, lacrosse, football, and track and field here. 

The Ridgefield Raptors, a West Coast League baseball team, plays about 30 home games at the field each summer, so it’s a fun place to bring the family and cheer on the home team.

The Community Building at the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex features a concession stand, community room, and a great view of the baseball field.

Clark County Fairgrounds

The Clark County Fairgrounds in Ridgefield hosts kid-friendly activities all year long. The Clark County Fair is a mainstay that takes over the fairgrounds for 10 days every August. This annual  event attracts thousands of visitors to experience the food, rides, entertainment, and competitions.

Your family will also enjoy the many equestrian  and canine events that take place throughout the year at the Clark County Fairgrounds. And the kids might enjoy the Washington State Toy Show in March.

Ridgefield Farmers Market

Every other Saturday, from June until early October, the Ridgefield Farmers Market sets up on the town green on Main Street. It’s one of the most family-friendly things to do in Ridgefield. 

Visiting this popular market is a great way to teach your children about agriculture and the environment. You’ll also show them the importance of supporting local growers and artisans. Browse the organic farm-fresh produce, baked goods, and specialty items while enjoying live entertainment in the heart of town. 

Ridgefield Community Library

Have you visited your local library lately? It’s an incredible place to explore family-friendly activities, often for free!

At the Ridgefield Community Library, you can borrow anything from books, ebooks, and audiobooks to movies, music, and games. Children can play tabletop games (like Dungeons & Dragons), get involved in the online world of Minecraft, join a Youth Book Group or Teen Video Game Club, and try different arts and crafts. The Kids & Teens programs spark an interest in learning and exploration for every age group: Early Learners, Kids, and Teens. There’s also a writing contest, Imagined Ink Writing, for children between the ages of 12 and 19.

When you want to instill a love for learning, your local library is the best place to go!

New Homes for Sale in Ridgefield, WA

Ridgefield, WA, is more than a great place to visit for family-friendly things to do. Imagine the value of living in a town that is so centered on kid-friendly activities.

New Traditions Homes is giving you an exciting opportunity to move here. We’re planning a brand new community of single-family homes here. Paradise Pointe is now selling in Ridgefield, WA. This master-planned community is located near downtown, but residents will also have the benefit of the amenities coming to Paradise Pointe.

Choose your homesite and your floor plan from the many available options, including single-level and two-story designs, ranging from 1,865 to almost 3,500 square feet of interior living space. We curated this collection of new home designs to include sought-after features as standard—not upgrades! And every New Traditions Home is ENERGY STAR NextGen-certified, a reflection of our commitment to providing you with a home that’s proven to save energy.

Contact New Tradition Homes Today for Info on Our New Communities!

Since 1987, New Traditions Homes has made it our tradition to design and build homes in southwestern Washington State with lasting value—which comes with your comfort and complete satisfaction. We build homes for life. Please contact us to begin your journey home.

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