Eugene-Springfield Tourist for a Day
The Eugene - Springfield metropolitan area, located just off of Interstate 5, offers a multitude of activities and attractions. Create you own tour of Eugene and Springfield as you select from the many choices.
Within walking distance of downtown Eugene, Skinner Butte and the surrounding park offers a place to relax in the midst of the metro area. Stroll along the Willamette on the riverfront bike path, hike to the top of the butte for a spectacular view of Eugene or take a rest in the shady park. The past comes alive at the replica of Eugene and Mary Skinner's 1846 cabin, the first pioneer structure in the area. This new interpretive area coincided with the 150th anniversary of the Applegate Trail. (Drive by or allow 30 minutes at the cabin)
Owen Rose Garden
This park along the Willamette River is home to over 4,500 varieties of summer blooming roses. The famous Black Republican Cherry tree is also in the garden. This tree dates back to 1860 and is the last surviving remnant of an early-day riverfront orchard. It is the largest cherry tree in Oregon and one of the largest in the United States. (Allow 1 hour)
Lane County Historical Museum
Step back in time as you learn about the history of Oregon's settlement, including Oregon Trail artifacts. Period rooms, as well as vehicle displays from the covered wagons to the 1920s and 1930s await you at this fascinating museum. (Allow 1 hour)
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon
As the largest state-supported art museum in Oregon, The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon welcomes visitors to a world-class museum. The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art houses over 12,500 works of art, including extensive Asian and Pacific Northwest collections. Guided tours available upon request. (Allow 1 ½ hours)
University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History
Explore Oregon's geological past and 15,000 years of northwest cultural history at the newly remodeled University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History, which is home to the world's oldest pair of shoes. The newly expanded exhibition hall is filled with interactive displays about the geologic and human history of the Pacific Northwest. (Allow 1 ½ hours)
Hendricks Park Rhododendron Garden
This beautiful park abounds with 78 forested acres and 12 acres of over 5,000 rhododendrons and azaleas, and over 1,000 other native plants. The peak blooming season for the rhododendrons is March - the end of May. (Allow 1 hour)
Main Street Springfield
See promotional props from the hit TV show "The Simpsons". Simpsons creators themselves have identified this Springfield as THE Springfield. Stroll down th street to the Emerald Art Center to view a mural of Bart, Homer, Lisa, Marge and Maggie. Located in a 1911 Oregon Power Company substation in Springfield's historic downtown shopping and antique district, this beautiful interpretive center examines the area's rich history. The growth of the community from early settlement in 1849 to the 1920s is highlighted in the many exhibits. The ground floor Springfield Museum hosts rotating displays ranging from antique dolls to quilts. (Allow 1 hour)
Cascades Raptor Center
Come face to face with eagles, owls, hawks and falcons at this raptor rehabilitation center. More than 60 birds call the Cascades Raptor Center home. Located in the woods of South Eugene, the Raptor Center provides a unique opportunity to see these beautiful birds of prey up close and to learn more about them.
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Eugene Saturday Market
Visit the oldest weekly, open-air craft festival in the U.S. Nearly 200 craft booths combine with delicious food and live entertainment (and great people watching). Everything is hand-crafted and sold by the artist or their loved one. Open downtown every Saturday rain or shine from April to early November when it becomes the Holiday Market and moves inside the Lane Event Center through December.
5th Street Public Market
The historic 5th Street Public Market is a colorful collection of shops, restaurants and galleries. Since 1976, the market has been the perfect place to meet friends for coffee, a delicious meal, or to shop in the local boutiques.
The Shoppes at Gateway
The Shoppes at Gateway feature over 80 stores! Catch the latest blockbuster on one of the 29 theater screens, work out at the 24-hour fitness center or enjoy a meal at one of 14 eateries. Take your time at a sit down or buffet style restaurant or grab a quick bite from the extensive food court. Find everything you need at Cabela's or Target.
Eugene's premier shopping experience located in the heart of Eugene. The upscale Oakway Center offers a diverse mix of local and national shops and restaurants. The addition of the Heritage Courtyard offers outdoor dining and scheduled seasonal entertainment under canopies of heritage oak trees.
Valley River Center
The largest shopping center between Portland and San Francisco. Pick up a quick meal as you shop the over 140 stores. Located just minutes from downtown along the Willamette River.
Author: Taj Barnhart Morgan
Taj Barnhart Morgan is the Director of Content Strategy for Travel Lane County. A journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, Taj has two decades of special event management and hospitality marketing experience in San Diego, CA and Maui, HI. Passionate about mothering, and back to her Oregon roots, she is discovering the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region all over again through the eyes of her daughter.