Leavenworth, Washington audio tour: Wenatchee River Institute and River Haus Art Walk: A Leavenworth Tour

Wenatchee River Institute and River Haus Art Walk: A Leavenworth Tour

Walking Tour

45 mins

About the Tour

The Wenatchee River Institute is based on a nine-acre nature reserve, encompassing forests, fields, trails along the Wenatchee River, several art installations, and seven gardens. On this walking tour, you’ll experience a small section of this unique space from the perspective of the artists who were inspired by the landscape you’ll see around you.

While you meander through the reserve, you’ll see The Bird Nest Rock Garden by Kasey Koski, the iconic River Haus with the Watershed art collection housed inside, as well as the ELY Community Garden which was named after Leavenworth’s first female mayor, and is a work of art in its own right. Along the way, you can look forward to:

• Hearing highlights from River Haus’ 100+ year history
• Learning about the Wenatchee River Institute’s mission to connect communities and the natural world through environmental education
• Finding out about “Magical Realism” and its role in art
• Sampling a delicious strawberry from the public patch (when in season, of course!)
• Seeing the Bavarian Rhapsody mural created by Ginger Reddington on a metal canvas

What makes this tour magical is the location! Surrounded by beautifully maintained gardens, wild meadows and wildlife, enjoy making your way along shaded gravel pathways on this art exploration. There are only a few steps on this tour, which makes it accessible for all. Enjoy hearing a bit of history and get inspired by some of the wonderful artists who make this valley their home.

Tour Producer


Icicle Tours

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Major Landmarks

  • Wenatchee River Institute

  • River Haus

  • Leavenworth Community Garden

Directions to Starting Point

This tour begins in front of the information kiosk located on the edge of entrance loop to the Wenatchee River Institute. Once you are standing in front of the kiosk click start tour.

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Places to stop along the way

The Wenatchee River Institute property is quite extensive and offers trails down to the river and multiple gardens. Feel free to explore before, during or even after the tour. Parking is free for visitors to the property. Enjoy this special place!

Best time of day

Best time to tour is 9am - 5pm Mon-Fri. Best time of year is April - November.


The Watershed Art Collection is housed in the River Haus and will only be available during business hours Mon - Fri. Please plan your tour accordingly so you don't miss out on this installation.


Beautiful tour and highly informational with art descriptions from the actual artists!

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , about 1 month ago

Lovely to hear from the artists. Such a beautiful place.

Posted by Icicle , 3 months ago
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Wenatchee River Institute and River Haus Art Walk: A Leavenworth Tour