Personal Recommendations for Family Fun in Bend, Oregon
Family Fun in Central Oregon
Our favorite things to do while on vacation in Central Oregon especially for babies, toddlers, kids, and their parents
Located near the breathtaking Cascade Mountain range, just 15 miles south of Bend, Sunriver Resort offers a unique Oregon vacation experience for all ages.
A unique Northwest vacation destination for all seasons that creates togetherness and memories among families and groups, Sunriver Resort provides unmatched activities and experiences in a serene, natural setting.
Set in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, Sunriver, Oregon boasts 300 days of sunshine and a climate ideal for a myriad of outdoor activities. Enthusiasts flock to our Bend, Oregon resort to enjoy world-class golf, skiing and snowboarding, kayaking, fishing, rock climbing, biking-virtually endless year-round recreational opportunities. Sunriver Resort's private airport is the only private resort airstrip in the Pacific Northwest.
Our Central Oregon resort boasts 63 holes of world-class golf, so magnificent that Golf Magazine awarded Sunriver the coveted Gold Medal, identifying this as one of America's best golf resorts. Carefully designed to preserve the natural beauty of the area, each golf course at this Bend, Oregon resort has a character all its own.
Guests looking to relax can take refuge in our renowned Sage Springs Club and Spa. Offering a full range of massages, facials, body treatments, and salon services, our Central Oregon spa is the refuge of choice for relaxation seekers. For those seeking a fun-filled family vacation in Oregon, Sunriver Resort offers family vacation packages. Our Fort Funnigan children's program and a host of other activities have been thoughtfully designed to keep every member of the family happy during their resort vacation in Oregon, no matter their age.
Sunriver Resort is also an ideal location for corporate meetings and intimate events such as weddings, family reunions and anniversary celebrations. With more than 44,000 square feet of flexible meeting and banquet space, groups can choose from a wide variety of flexible indoor space featuring Northwest-style ambiance, or naturally gorgeous outdoor space, including the scenic Bachelor Lawn, Besson Commons or Great Hall Courtyard.
Whether planning a corporate meeting or a dream wedding in Oregon, our state-of-the-art meeting facilities, combined with the world-class recreation opportunities at Sunriver Resort, will help give your event flexibility and creativity that exceeds your expectations.
Explore all that Sunriver Resort has to offer with these three and seven day itineraries!
Our Sunriver vacation rentals are ideal accommodations options for families and groups alike. Choose from a variety of luxury homes and cabins for your vacation, offered by our Bend, Oregon resort.
Sunriver Resort is a part of the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection.
HIGH DESERT MUSEUM | WILDLIFE AND LIVING HISTORY
59800 S Hwy 97, Bend, OR 97702
Voted 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.
WANDERLUST TOURS | DAILY CANOE, KAYAK, MOONLIGHT & STARLIGHT CANOE, CAVE, VOLCANO, & BREWERY TOURS
61535 S Hwy 97, Suite 13, Bend, OR 97702
Throughout the Summer Wanderlust Tours offers Daytime Canoe Tours, daily at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. with Moonlight and Starlight Canoe Tours offered nightly. You can also enjoy The Bend Brew Bus or Local Pour Tour if a relaxing day around town strikes your fancy. Wanderlust Tours excels at vibrantly sharing the the cultural and natural history of this spectacular area on each and every tour. Tours are open to all experience levels and come complete with a world-class naturalist guide.
OLD MILL DISTRICT
The Old Mill District is Bend’s premier shopping center entertainment district located on the banks of the Deschutes River. The Les Schwab Amphitheater is an incredible venue for live music by national acts and hosts a Free Summer Sunday concert series in the summertime. Enjoy walks on the river trail, historic plaques detailing Bend’s past or patio dining with spectacular mountain views. Rent a surrey at Wheel Fun Rentals and take the entire family on a scenic bike ride. Float the river or take out a stand-up paddle board from Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe. The Old Mill District offers a fantastic array of shops and restaurants, numerous events as well as a unique 12-hole fly casting course, sand volleyball courts, and birding along the Deschutes River migratory corridor.
One of the best ways to get oriented — not to mention get a little fresh air — is to drive or hike up Pilot Butte as soon as you arrive in Bend. This ancient 500-foot cinder cone makes Bend one of just a handful of cities in the U.S. with a dormant volcano, and the summit offers panoramic views of the city and the region.
Once you’ve got your bearings, set out for some more sightseeing on the Deschutes River Trail near the Old Mill District. You also won’t want to miss a visit to Bend’s historic Drake Park and Mirror Pond. With giant Ponderosa pine trees, meandering pathways, and plenty of picnic sites with views of the Deschutes River, Drake Park will leave you wishing you could stay in Bend forever.
Make sure you’ve got plenty of room on your camera before heading out to Tumalo Falls just 11 miles west of town on Galveston Avenue/Skyliners Road. Savor the splash of the 100-foot main falls near the parking area, or continue up the trail to enjoy a plethora of smaller waterfalls.
Can’t get enough of Oregon’s volcanic landscape? Drive south on Hwy 97 and follow signs to the Lava Lands Visitor Center. The 500-foot summit of Lava Butte gives you stellar views of the Cascades, and the Lava River Cave a mile south of the visitor center is the longest cave of its kind in Oregon. You can also check out the 7,000-year-old Lava Cast Forest with mature )onderosa pines preserved by molten lava. After you’ve explored there, continue south on 97 to Newberry Crater National Monument and climb four miles to Paulina Peak, which offers views of high desert plateaus and the Newberry Caldera. Hike the seven-mile trail around Paulina Lake or bike the 21-mile trail around the rim of the caldera. You’ll find opportunities for boating and sailing, as well as an abundance of trout and salmon for fishing. You can also check out Paulina Falls, an 80-foot waterfall plunging into a canyon over volcanic cliffs, and the Big Obsidian Flow, one of the largest in the country.
A visit to Central Oregon would not be complete without a summer lift ride up Mt. Bachelor and a drive around the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway via Century Drive. Begin with lunch at Pine Marten Lodge at 7,775 feet on Mt. Bachelor while you soak in the sights, and enjoy one of Bend’s many award-winning microbrews. Then continue to Sparks Lake, a shallow trout lake offering breathtaking views of South Sister, Mount Bachelor, and Broken Top.
Elk Lake is another must-stop: rent a kayak or paddleboard to explore the lake, and then spend the afternoon hiking part of the Pacific Crest Trail. You can also visit the Historic Elk Lake Guard station which opened in 1929 to serve as a base for the Forest Service. Bird watchers will be delighted by opportunities to observe osprey, cormorants, terns, and bald eagles at Crane Prairie Reservoir.
While Smith Rock State Park may be world renowned for its rock climbing challenges, it’s also a great place for hiking deep river canyons set against stunning basalt cliffs beside the picturesque Crooked River. For a unique vantage of Smith Rock State Park join Airborne Outback Adventurers to see it from the air!
Got time for a short road trip? Head south on Hwy 97 to take in the sapphire-blue waters of Crater Lake National Park. At an elevation of 7,100 ft., the lake is five miles wide and almost a mile deep — the deepest lake in the United States.
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