Things to do in Bend and Central oregon with Kids & 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: spend the day at Mt. Bachelor, where kids ski free. Visit the Sun Mountain Fun Center, or channel your inner Iditarod adventure with a sled dog ride in the mountains.
And if your kids still have the energy, take a family hike along the Deschutes River, or 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 indoor pool at the Juniper Swim & Fitness Center. 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 1800s.
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4 Peaks Music FestivalStevenson Ranch, BendPhone: Visit the WebsiteThe 4 Peaks Music Festival—celebrating its 10th year—is an intimate, family-friendly festival, but on a grand scale. At Oregon’s premier craft music festival, patrons should expect grand views, grassy fields, a large late night tent, “chill” areas, and a huge selection of vendors. This year’s multi-day music event, set at beautiful Stevenson Ranch in Southeast Bend, will feature an array of eclectic, national, regional and local bands.
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.
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 Resort in the Pacific Northwest, Brasada Ranch is an 1,800-acre resort and lodge located just east of Bend, and features suites and cabins that meld rustic elegance with understated luxury. The resort features endless amenities, including a championship golf course, spa, horseback riding, athletic center with multiple pools, bike rentals, hiking trails, kids’ programming, and more. Brasada Ranch is an ideal escape for families, couples and golf groups, and also features meeting and event space ideal for weddings, corporate retreats, and more.
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