Summer Vacation Fun in Bend and Central Oregon
People often ask the best time of year to visit Bend, and while we’re morally obligated to tell you it’s amazing 365 days a year, let’s admit it—there’s no place on earth offering a better summer vacation than Bend, Oregon.
June, July, August, and September are great months to explore Bend’s wide open spaces,and you can do it in dozens of ways. Try biking, cycling, hiking, fly-fishing, standup paddleboarding, rock climbing, rafting, golfing and so much more!
When your legs are tired and you’ve got a goofy grin plastered on your face, take a break to do some people-watching while you enjoy a scrumptious meal on an outdoor patio at one of our amazing Bend restaurants. Summer is also a great time for events, ranging from concerts to festivals—all featured on our huge calendar of summer events.
Traveling with kids for the ultimate Bend family vacation? Take a trip to the High Desert Museum to check out the animals and enjoy unique exhibits. Run the young’uns ragged at Sun Mountain Fun Center where they’ll enjoy bowling, arcade games, billiards, bumper cars,outdoor mini-golf, go-karts, and batting cages. To explore lakes, volcanoes, or caves, book an outing with Wanderlust Tours. You can even try one of their new road cycling tours, or opt to explore on a mountain bike when you hit the trails with Cog Wild. Want the ultimate camping adventure? Rent a luxury camper trailer from Cricket Rentals and savor every moment in the great outdoors.
If you’re fond of the foodie scene, schedule a culinary adventure with The Well Traveled Fork. Craving some arts and culture? Check out the the Roundabout Art Route on a guided outing with GETIT Shuttle and enjoy the fabulous BendArt Safari tour.
No matter how you choose to spend the hours of your amazing Bend getaway, you’re sure to enjoy every sun-soaked minute!
|>> Canoe, Kayak & River Activities
||>> Trail Running
|>> Golf Courses
||>> White Water Rafting
Visit Brasada Ranch16986 SW Brasada Ranch Rd., Powell Butte OR 97753Phone: 855.789.3958 Visit the WebsiteVoted Bend’s Best Destination Resort come play golf on Brasada Canyons, relax and rejuvenate at Spa Brasada with the area’s only outdoor spa pool, saddle up and ride miles of soft trails with Brasada Trails – all abilities welcome, take a hike and enjoy Bend Oregon's legendary views of nine Cascade Peaks, and farm-to-table dining at Range Restaurant and Bar and the Ranch House, where our Executive Chef prepares the menus daily. Kids are in heaven at The Ranch with multiple pools and water slide, Cowboy Cookouts, Cosmic Pool Parties, and The Hideout. Just 20 minutes from Bend.
Old Mill DistrictPhone: 541.312.0131 Visit the WebsiteThe Old Mill District is Bend’s premier entertainment district located on the banks of the Deschutes River. The Les Schwab Amphitheater is an incredible venue for live music by national acts and hosts a Free Summer Sunday concert series in the summertime. Enjoy walks on the river trail, historic plaques detailing Bend’s past or patio dining with spectacular mountain views. Rent a surrey at Wheel Fun Rentals and take the entire family on a scenic bike ride. Float the river or take out a stand-up paddle board from Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe. The Old Mill District offers a fantastic array of shops and restaurants, numerous events as well as a unique 12-hole fly casting course, sand volleyball courts and birding along the Deschutes River migratory corridor.
Confluence Fly Shop375 SW Powerhouse Dr Suite 100 Bend OR 97702Phone: 804.221.7748 Visit the WebsiteConfluence Fly Shop is Bend, Oregon's Premier Fly shop, situated on the banks of the Deschutes River in The Old Mill District. We pride ourselves in providing world class product and guided trips. Our staff is committed to providing you with up to the minute intelligence, honest opinions and superior customer service. If you're looking to fish the waters around Bend, Oregon look no further than Confluence Fly Shop to be the team that points you in the right direction.
Art in the High Desert - "Truly original - Made for you"Phone: 541.322.6272 Visit the WebsiteHand-picked for Central Oregon, Art in the High Desert showcases over 100 visual artists, many nationally acclaimed, selected from across the U.S. and Canada. Celebrating their sixth year and recently recognized as one of the top 15 shows in the country, this is a fine art show and sale not to be missed!
*August 22-24 at the Old Mill District - Free
First Ascent Climbing GuidesPhone: 541.318.7170 Visit the WebsiteJoin First Ascent for guided rock climbing tours at Smith Rock State Park. First Ascent offers personalized and professional guided rock climbing for all ability levels. Families, group and private trips are also available. All equipment is provided and reservations are required. As an American Mountain Guides Association Accredited Service we adhere to the most recent trends in climbing. Whether you are trying rock climbing for the first time or desire to summit Monkey Face, First Ascent is the company to make it happen!
Airborne Outback AdventuresPhone: 541.280.4561 Visit the WebsiteLooking to explore the sheer beauty of Central Oregon from the air? Look no further than Airborne Outback Adventures where you will enjoy a window seat that has no windows in an open air trike. Airborne Outback Adventures has over 25 years of experience and is ready to take you on the flight of a lifetime. Give them a call today to set up your next adventure in Central Oregon or like them on Facebook.
Wanderlust Tours - Canoe, Kayak, Cave, Volcano & Road Bike Tours61535 S Hwy 97 Suite 13 Bend OR 99702Phone: 541.389.8359 Visit the WebsiteThroughout the Summer Wanderlust Tours offers Canoe, Kayak, Cave, Volcano, and Road Bike Tours daily at 9am and 1:30pm with Moonlight and Starlight Canoe Tours offered nightly. You can also enjoy The Bend Brew Bus or Local Pour tour if a relaxing day around town strikes your fancy. Wanderlust Tours excels at vibrantly sharing the the cultural and natural history of this spectacular area on each and every tour. Tours are open to all experience levels and come complete with a world class naturalist guide.
Sunriver Resort17600 Center Dr Sunriver OR 97707Phone: 800.801.8765 Visit the WebsiteSunriver Resort offers amazing activities for families to enjoy. Explore the Sunriver Marina, Stables, Nature Center, Observatory, Sage Springs Spa & Club, four golf courses, bike trails, retail shops, restaurants, tennis courts and much more! Endless opportunities await just 15 miles south of Bend at the base of the Cascade Mountains!
|>> Aerial Tours and Scenic Flights||>> Bend Ale Trail Beer Tour
|>> Bicycle Cab & Carriage Ride Tours||>> Biking|
|>> Bird Watching||>> Boating|
|>> Canoe, Kayak & River Activities||>> Historic Cemetery Tours|
|>> Cultural Tours||>> Crater Lake National Park|
|>> Culinary Tours||>> Disc Golf|
|>> Equestrian Polo||>> Fishing|
|>> Golf Courses||>> Hiking|
|>> History Tours||>> Horseback Riding|
|>> Mt. Bachelor in the Summer||>> Motor Sports|
|>> Museums||>> Pickleball|
|>> Rock Climbing||>> Rock Hounding|
|>> Sightseeing||>> Standup Paddle Boarding|
|>> Spas||>> Spelunking & Caving|
|>> Star Gazing||>> Swimming|
|>> Tennis||>> Trail Running|
|>> Walking Tours||>> White Water Rafting|