Republic is surrounded by National Forest lands and within short driving distance of numerous lakes and campgrounds. Hunting, fishing, bird watching, bicycling, hiking, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, boating, motorized recreational sports and fossil digging bring people to the area.
The Stonerose Interpretive Center in Republic offers a view of the area during the Eocene Era and a Boot Hill Fossil Site where visitors can dig for their own fossils. Resorts and a state park offer recreational opportunities on Curlew Lake. The Ferry County Fairgrounds feature a restored antique carousel and a good old-fashioned county fair each year during Labor Day weekend. Eagle Track racing offers car races on alternating weekends through the summer as well as a snowmobile race in the winter.
Prospectors’ Days, a community celebration featuring mining and logging events as well as a parade and variety of community activities, happens the second weekend of June. The next month brings Republic’s Motorcycle Rally, a weekend featuring a motorcycle rodeo, entertainment and motorcycle demonstrations and shows.
The annual Wings Over Republic Fly-in brings aircraft from the northwest and beyond to the Ferry County Airport near Curlew Lake. During the event in late August there is a carnival-like atmosphere as aircraft are displayed and various activities are scheduled on the ground.
The history of the city and surrounding area can be explored and enjoyed at the Ferry County Historical Center. The center features a collection of historical photos and exhibits that depict the area history and also the Kaufman Cabin - the oldest surviving structure in Republic. Murals at various places around town and historic buildings with historical signs make a walking tour of the city a history lesson in itself.