Due to its favorable climate and terrain, Yakima County offers an almost limitless variety of recreational opportunities. Excellent downhill and cross-country skiing are within an hour's drive. Stream and lake fishing, upland bird and big game hunting, backpacking, hiking, bicycling, boating, swimming, windsurfing and water skiing area all available in season. Golf, tennis and softball are avidly pursued sports. Parks and recreation departments offer varied year round programs for children and adults.

Entertainment events include the nine-day Central Washington State Fair, auto-racing, rodeos, and colorful community celebrations and festivals.

The Yakima Valley is home to the Yakima Valley Pippins, a summer wood bat league for college-eligible student athletes.