Activities & Outdoor Recreation in Bend & Central Oregon
There are plenty of opportunities for fun in Central Oregon. The outdoors is what Central Oregon and Bend are known for, so we've compiled all of the area activities based on the time of year to help you plan your Bend vacation. Simply put, Bend Oregon is where you go to play!
With a head spinning amount of outdoor activities in Central Oregon year-round, it’s no wonder that Bend is raved about as one of the top outdoor recreation capitals in the world. To help make the most of your vacation time, we've narrowed down all the activities and things to do in Bend. The hard part will be deciding on how you’re going to fit it all in.
For more enlightenment, check out The Bend Buzz Blog – Visit Bend’s weekly blog – which offers plenty of under-the-radar and off-the-path ideas on summer and winter activities. From discovering a new favorite hiking trail to where you can find the best burger in Bend, the Bend Buzz Blog will guide you to everything new and cool in Bend.
Bend's summer season is full of warm temps and sunny days leaving zero excuses for not getting outside. From rafting or floating the Deschutes River to hiking a high mountain lake trail, we have the entire list of summer activities here.
While the rest of Oregon is up to their armpits in rain, Bend’s winter climate is cool and dry with most of the precipitation falling as snow. Plan on leaving your Gore-Tex ski gear behind because you’ll experience more sun-filled snow days and the driest powder in the Northwest. Central Oregon’s diverse climate also makes it possible to enjoy not-so-typical winter sports and activities like hiking and biking year-round. Find winter sports and vacation ideas here.
Trust us, your kids are going to be jumping up and down when they hear you’re taking them on a Bend vacation. With more time being gobbled up by work and life stuff, this means less and less family time with the little people who matter most. Fun family vacations don’t just happen, they’re planned. Get started planning your kid-friendly vacations packed full of fun here.
When you’re done exploring the mountains, lakes and trails in Bend, head to one of the millions of events happening around Central Oregon. Summers are chock full of beer festivals, running races, rock concerts, farmers markets, and art walks. Winter brings Oregon Winterfest, cross country ski, and snowshoe races as well as on mountain events and concerts at Mt. Bachelor. Check out the Bend event calendar for the latest happenings here.