Plan your trip to Eugene, Cascades & Coast.
Bring the Kids!
You'll find plenty of family-friendly places, events and activities in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region. Go outside year-round for hiking, cycling, geocaching and exploring. From forests and farms to playgrounds and indoor pools, adventures await!
Romp in the Snow
Head to sno-parks for sledding, snow angels and snowshoeing. These officially designated areas are maintained for family-friendly play and offer parking and restrooms. Willamette Pass Resort offers ski rentals and half or full-day lessons at SKIcamp (ages 4 - 10) and BOARDcamp (ages 7 - 10). Sleepy Hollow provides a gentle run with a magic carpet and chair lift just the right speed for beginning skiers.
Prime Time for Whales and Sea Lions
The Oregon Coast is glorious in the winter with wide-open beaches, storm watching, warm bowls of clam chowder and shopping in Historic Old Town Florence. Kids will thrill at spotting Gray whales off the Oregon Coast from mid-December to mid-January. During winter and spring Whale Watch Week, volunteers are staffed at the Sea Lion Caves Turnout and Cook's Chasm Turnout to answer questions about whale migration. This is also a great time to visit the Steller Sea Lions as they take shelter in their marine cave.
Indoor Exploration at Regional Museums
Discover the gold rush era, space exploration and even The Simpsons at area museums. Top picks include the Science Factory Children's Museum & Exploration Dome with dozens of interactive hands-on exhibits, science demonstrations and live lizards! At the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History, children can dig for fossils, look through microscopes and examine bones. From museum dioramas to exploration play areas, there is a lot to keep minds and hands busy.