Family Vacation Fun in Bend & Central Oregon and Things to Do with Kids and Toddlers
In Bend, reconnecting with your family always seems easier. Perhaps it’s the relaxed pace of a friendly mountain town. Or maybe it’s the abundance of exciting and educational activities designed just for families. Whatever the reason, Bend continues to be the mountain town that’s got it all for families.
Start your day by jumping into the mind-boggling variety of outdoor activities that kids love in Bend: visit the Lava Lands Visitor Center, mountain bike on Bend’s many gentle trails, go for a horseback ride, raft the Deschutes River, visit the Sun Mountain Fun Center, or take a scenic chairlift ride up Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort.
And if your kids still have the energy, take a family hike along Tumalo Creek (don’t forget to pack a picnic lunch), fish for trout in the kids-only stocked pond at Shevlin Park, and tour a cave with Wanderlust Tours.
If your kids need a day of rest, don’t miss the children’s wing of the Bend Public Library or the outdoor water park at the Juniper Swim & Fitness Center. And don’t leave Bend without visiting the High Desert Museum, where your kids will get up-close and personal with the wildlife that calls Central Oregon home, have a face-to-face conversation with early settlers of Bend, and witness an authentic sawmill from the 1800’s.
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High Desert Museum | Wildlife and Living History59800 S. Hwy 97, Bend OR 97702Phone: 541.382.4754 Visit the WebsiteVoted the #1 attraction in Bend by TripAdvisor! Set on 135 wooded acres, the High Desert Museum is home to more than 100 wild animals including birds of prey, porcupines, badgers, otters and a bobcat. Living history characters transport visitors to the Old West. Permanent and changing exhibits tell the story of the High Desert. Fantastic events.
Deep Canyon Outfitters | Bend's Premier Fly Fishing OutfitterPhone: 541.390.6697 | 541.323.3007 Visit the WebsiteEnjoy a family adventure you won’t forget by spending a day on the water with Deep Canyon Outfitters. Our half-day trips are designed to focus on teaching and instruction, perfect for first time anglers. Learn to fly fish in just 4 hours, or enjoy a full day of catching on the Cascade Lakes. This family fun adventure is perfect for ages 6 and up, and can be catered to catching fish, not just fishing. Call Deep Canyon Outfitters today to build memories that will last a lifetime! Book online or call 541.323.3007.
Brasada Ranch | Conde Nast's Best Resort in the Pacific Northwest16986 SW Brasada Ranch Rd., Powell Butte OR 97753Phone: 855.789.3958 Visit the WebsiteVoted Conde Nast's Best Resorts in the Pacific Northwest. Stay in Brasada Ranch’s luxurious suites and cabins, play golf on Brasada Canyons, and relax and rejuvenate at Spa Brasada. Saddle up and ride miles of soft trails with Brasada Trails – all abilities welcome or take a hike and enjoy Bend Oregon's legendary views of nine Cascade Peaks. Savor farm-to-table dining at Range Restaurant and Bar and the Ranch House, where the Executive Chef prepares daily menus. Kids are in heaven at The Ranch with multiple pools and a water slide, Cowboy Cookouts, Cosmic Pool Parties, and The Hideout.
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