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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Tower Theatre: Music. Comedy. Dance. Movies835 NW Wall St, Bend, OR 97703Phone: 541.317.0700 Visit the WebsiteFor nearly eight decades, Central Oregonians of all ages and lifestyles have gathered at the Tower to create lasting memories. It is “Bend’s Living Room”, and the next generation of theatre-goers enjoy family programs that engage their minds and hearts, including acrobats, illusionists, scientists and mariachis!
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 WebsiteHigh Desert Museum | Wildlife and Living History. Voted the #1 attraction in Bend by TripAdvisor! Enjoy close encounters with wildlife such as eagles, owls, otters, porcupines, reptiles and more. Visit with living history characters from the Old West at the Miller Ranch or in the boomtown of Silver City. Explore High Desert art, culture and history through our daily programs, fantastic events and permanent and changing exhibits.
4 Peaks Music Festival | 201821085 Knott Road Bend, ORPhone: Visit the WebsiteBack at the Stevenson Ranch for 2018, stay tuned for additional info and date announcements!
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