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Uncover and experience the depth of activities and attractions in Centralia.  From the tempting shops and captivating cultural performances to exploring historic homesteads and wilderness trails, come get to know our energetic and colorful community.

Centralia Train Depot
210 Railroad St., Centralia
Built in 1912, this beautiful depot has continued to serve the City of Centralia as a transportation center, meeting place and as a historic landmark.  The red brick structure with beautiful interior woodwork, tiling, and oak benches, remain intact from its early construction.  Stenciled warnings along the exterior base of the buildings stating "Don't Spit" can still be viewed today.  Today the depot is served by Amtrak as the midpoint between Kelso, Washington and Olympia, Washington. The depot is also served by connections to the Twin Transit Transportation system and is centrally located in Historic Downtown.  Take a look at the Union Depot’s historical background.

Centralia Factory Outlets
1342 Lum Rd., Centralia
Shoppers flock to this outlet mall offering great deals on name brand products.  Stores at the Outlets include Bath & Body Works, Coach, Eddie Bauer, Gap, Helly Hansen, Lane Bryant, Nike Clearance Store, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Quiksilver, Van Heusen and many others.

 Centralia Timberland Regional Library
110 S. Silver St., Centralia
Hours:  Mon & Tues, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Wed & Thurs, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Fri & Sat, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Closed Sun
The Centralia Timberland Library is one of the prestigious Carnegie Libraries, so named because it was built with donations from 19th-century industrialist Andrew Carnegie.  Today this library offers public use computer labs in the reference and youth services areas, comfortable reading areas and meeting rooms. Throughout the year the library hosts events for children and adults, including the popular Twin Cities Pet Show each summer and is the site of the annual Christmas Tree Lighting.  The park is beautifully situated in Washington Park.

Evergreen Playhouse
226 West Center Street, Centralia
For over 50 years, the Evergreen Playhouse has been entertaining audiences in Centralia.  Enhancing the cultural scene in Centralia, the Playhouse is known for their exceptional performances throughout the year.  Past performances include the Wizard of Oz, Aladdin, Oklahoma and MacBeth.

Fort Borst Park

West of I-5, Off Exit 82
Borst Park is Centralia’s signature park attracting visitors for a wide variety of activities.  In the spring, take a walk around Borst Lake and see the blooming rhododendrons.   View the beautiful historic 1860’s Borst Homestead, a replica of the Borst One Room Schoolhouse, arboretum and the Fort Borst Blockhouse. A popular area for sporting events the park is home to four baseball fields, three softball fields and seven soccer fields.  This 101-acre park also features walking trails, playgrounds, picnicking, volleyball areas, children’s fishing and a wading pool.

Fox Theatre

119 South Tower Avenue
The charming, historic Fox Theatre is a beloved icon in Downtown Centralia.  Originally opened in 1930, it was built with approximately 1,200 seats over three seating levels. Currently, the Fox is undergoing a complete restoration back to its glorious 1930 appearance.  Upon completion, the Fox will be a model of the art deco period and has plans to take its place as a state of the art performing arts center.  While improvements take place, the Fox Theatre hosts events during the year.  Take a look at The Fox Theatre’s historical background.

Historic Downtown Centralia
The Downtown Centralia Historic District is at the heart of the community offering a vibrant and artsy energy.  Sip on a cup of coffee in a local coffee shop, browse the endless array of antique and boutique shops, or simply enjoy the dining and people watching.  Historic Downtown shops and galleries feature a unique mix of locally-owned establishments offering specialized items such as handmade jewelry, beautiful handcrafted furniture, homemade chocolates and seemingly endless antique stores.

Historic Lewis County Farmers Market

Downtown Centralia
Hours:  Fridays, May 4th - September 21; 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Find it fresh at the market! Peruse this seasonal market on Fridays for farm fresh local produce, fresh fruit and veggies from the Yakima Valley.  Find veggie and flower starts as well as beautiful perennials and annuals, sedums, shrubs for your garden.  The market offers freshly made bakery products and also home décor pieces including potpourri, wreaths, bird houses, rustic furniture, jewelry and handcrafts.

Historic Murals

Historic Downtown Centralia
Beautifully hand-painted murals are found throughout historic downtown Centralia.  These works of art depict Centralia’s colorful history. Examples include murals depicting: The founder of Centralia (Centerville) named George Washington, Buffalo Bill and his Wild West Show, and an abstract mural depicting the 1919 Armistice Day, also known as the Wobbly War.


Rotary Riverside Park & Fuller’s Twin City Skate Park

Lowe Street north of Harrison Ave.
This popular waterfront community park is located along the banks of the Skookumchuck River.  Perhaps the biggest draw of this park is the 44,000-square-foot regional skate park providing a wide range of recreational opportunities. The park is fully serviced with parking areas, group picnic facilities, restrooms, shelters, play equipment, sport fields, and paved and soft-surface walking paths.

Seminary Hill Natural Area

End of Barner Dr., between Summa St. and Seminary Hill Rd.
Take a quiet walk in the woods on Seminary Hill.  This large, urban natural area overlooks Centralia and the Chehalis and Skookumchuck River Valleys.  A trailhead established at the end of Barner Drive, provides public access to the natural area’s steep trails, woods and vistas. The 2.25-mile trail system is generally in good condition depending on weather.



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