Vacations can be expensive, with hotel costs, restaurant meals, and sourvenirs. But you don’t have to break the bank to vacation in Bend, Oregon. Here are 9 favorite ways to play in Bend for cheap.
Hike Tumalo Falls, a 97-foot waterfall a short distance west of Bend. It’s one of Bend’s most popular hikes, and offers incredible views. You can also catch a flick at McMenamins Old St. Francis School, where they specialize in new(ish) movies that are between big-box theaters and being available on DVD. Ticket prices for adults are only $4 and $2 for kids 12 and under. With the winter season making its way, check out Mt. Bachelor’s deals to hit the slopes at a discounted price. Looking for some more snow fun? Head to Wanoga Sno-Park with the family for some good old-fashioned sledding. You can also trek the Bend Ale Trail, which doesn’t require a purchase to get your stamps and earn a prize. Of course that’s not as fun as trying some of the tasty craft brews, so look up each breweries specials for a chance to try one at a discounted price. GoodLife Brewing offers $3 pints on Thursdays, for example. If you’re wanting to satisfy your sweet tooth at one of Bend’s legendary sweet shops, you can take a self-guided tour at Goody’s Chocolate and Ice Cream factory, which includes a sample of chocolate while you walk through the historic site. If you have the kids in tow and are looking to get some exercise, take them to Bend’s public ice-skating facility, The Pavillion, which offers drop-in skate sessions and a special “cheap skates” on Tuesday evenings for $6 admission and skate rental. Last but not least, the High Desert Museum is a Bend vacation highlight, and luckily they offer free admission days several times a year. Just keep an eye on their Facebook page for the full deets.