Things to do in Bend and Central oregon with Kids & Toddlers
Hey, moms and dads—take a big, deep breath. We know it's stressful planning a family vacation, especially with toddlers or teens or . . . okay, with kids of any age. But we want to share a little secret: No matter what you do in Bend, Oregon, we promise you'll have a good time. There's no better place on earth to reconnect with your family than the outdoor playground of the west. There are so many things to do in Bend, but the one thing that's 100% guaranteed are a whole 'lotta smiles.
Start your day of play with a hearty breakfast at one of our fab family-friendly restaurants. Fueled and ready to go, set out for a family hike to Tumalo Falls waterfall, or one of countless other wilderness wonderlands in the area. Need to cool off? Book a canoe or cave adventure with Wanderlust Tours, or schedule a whitewater rafting trip with Sun Country Tours (they also rent inner tubes if you'd rather float the river on your own time).
What to do next? Visit the Sun Mountain Fun Center, or check out
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 which offers oodles of activities for all ages. 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.
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.
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.
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