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 pools, adventures await!
Cool is the rule at this summertime favorite. Amazon Pool in Eugene offers multiple swimming areas for tots to teens, as well as grownups young at heart. Waterslides, diving boards, interactive spray fountains and a sand play area provide hours of fun in the sun. Surrounded by a park, playground and picnic area, there's a lot to keep your youngsters busy during the warm days of summer. Open May through September.
Fun is par for the course at this miniature golf park in Springfield. Putt your way through beautifully landscaped waterfalls, wooden bridges and bubbling brooks. The park includes two 18-hole courses on two acres, as well as on-site concessions and party venues. Roaring Rapids Pizza Company, complete with indoor carousel, is right next door.
Explore your wild side as you get a bird's eye view of eagles, hawks, falcons, ospreys and other amazing raptors at this bird sanctuary, rescue and rehabilitation center. Situated in the south hills of Eugene, this special woodland attraction will lead you through tall timbers and pine needle paths as you meet and learn about dozens of the center's feathered friends.
Opportunities to view the region's wildlife are plentiful, from salmon to sea lions.
Families love this inviting, festive pizza place situated right on the banks of the Willamette River. A highlight for kids is the old-fashion carousel, still spinning since 1930 when it was originally built for a traveling carnival. Don't be surprised if Roaring Rapids' mascot, Brownie Bear, comes along for a ride!
Make some great family memories on horseback! Corral rides on a lead rope are $15 for fifteen minutes. Children age six and older can ride the ocean view dune trail, children eight years and older can ride on the beach and children ten years and older may join the half day or adventure rides. All riders under 18 years old are required to wear a helmet. C&M Stables also offers birthday parties, the pony club and riding lessons. There is a gift shop.
Horseback riding is also available in the Cascades by Triangle 5 Ranch.
Climb aboard the dune buggies of Sandland Adventures or Sand Dunes Frontier to experience thrilling tours of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Visit both attractions for other popular family activities, like train rides, go-karts, bumper boats and miniature golf.
Oregon's beaches and dunes afford abundant opportunities for recreation and exploration. Hike to a century-old lighthouse, discover sea life among the tide pools or spend the day splashing around the nearby lakes perfect for picnics, hiking, fishing, boating and summer swimming.
This science museum is a place of discovery and fun that's off the periodic charts! Kids will enjoy the dozens of interactive hands-on exhibits, science demonstrations, even live lizards. New exhibits and ongoing events are always in store. The on-site planetarium has a regular run of special features to take your star gazers to infinity and beyond.
Wonderful regional museums showcase the gold rush era, space exploration and even The Simpsons.
While Captain Cox first entered the vast caves as a seaman adventurer in 1880, today's explorers can reach America's Largest Sea Cave along a much easier route. Situated right off Oregon's Coast Highway 101, just north of Florence, this famous attraction allows visitors to descend more than 200 feet down through the rocky ocean cliffs in an elevator that opens into this unique sea lion sanctuary.
One of Eugene's newest playgrounds, located in Skinner Butte Park along the Willamette River, is a popular gathering place for families with kids of all ages. Play structures pay tribute to Eugene's special places, history and culture.
The region is packed with parks, playgrounds and open spaces. From arboretums and nature trails to paved bike paths and interactive water fountains.
Swim, slide and splatter the day away at the region's indoor wave pool in Springfield. Levels of fun for everyone include a kiddie pool, waterslide, interactive fountains, water basketball and spa. Floating tubes and life jackets keep the experience safe and fun. Head outside to the surrounding park for a picnic or romp on the new playground.
Several indoor and outdoor swimming pools in the area provide year-round family fun.
Two of the region's largest shopping centers feature indoor play areas for small, active kiddos. Play structures are reflective of the area's landscapes and attractions, from lighthouses to waterfalls. With plenty of seating for weary grownup shoppers, take a rest while the kids burn up some energy sliding, climbing and bouncing their way ‘til nap time!
Drop in and ride the rails, bowls and decks of the largest covered and illuminated skate park in the country. Designed by Dreamland Skateparks, the new 23,000 square-foot park caters to all skill levels, with special features ranging from the mini-snake run to the iconic ribbon. Located in Washington Jefferson Park just northwest of downtown Eugene, park entrance is free and open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.