Bend locals quip that there’s a brewery on every corner, but guess what’s even more abundant in this outdoorsy mountain town? Parks!
Bend Park & Recreation District manages more than 80 parks in Bend, which include 2,600+ acres of open space, riverfront parks, sports fields, and small neighborhood playgrounds. That doesn’t count State Parks like Pilot Butte or Smith Rock, or vast outdoor wonderlands like Newberry National Volcanic Monument.
In other words, you could visit a different park on every day of your Bend vacation and still barely scratch the surface.
If you’re traveling with a furry friend, don’t miss Bend’s bounty of doggy playgrounds, including the 14-acre Bob Wenger Memorial Off-Leash Area, which boasts grassy fenced fields, a water feature and acres of trails meandering through lava outcroppings. Plenty of neighborhood parks boast top-of-the-line playground equipment to let your little ones burn off energy. There are even park facilities for rent if you’re looking for that perfect spot for a family reunion, birthday party, or outdoor wedding.
Pick a park, pack a picnic, and get ready to play your heart out in Bend.