Bring the Kids!
You'll find plenty of family friendly places in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region. Go outside year-round for hiking, cycling and exploring. From forests and farms to playgrounds and pools, adventures await!
Summer is the time for exploring tide pools, collecting agates, marveling at sea lions, visiting farm animals, picking peaches, playing in the parks — and so much more!
From neighborhood splash parks to wading along shorelines, cooling off is all about fun! Pristine rivers crisscross the region, so enjoy a family float with a river guide—you can tour by jet boat, McKenzie river drift boat or raft!
Oregon's beaches and dunes afford abundant opportunities for recreation and exploration. Climb aboard the dune buggies to experience thrilling tours of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. There are also train rides, go-karts, bumper boats and miniature golf.
Make some great family memories on horseback! At C&M Stables corral rides on a lead rope are $15 for fifteen minutes - just right for new riders and young children! 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. C&M Stables also offers birthday parties, the pony club and riding lessons.
Cast Out A Line
Share the serenity of fishing with your children. An Oregon Fishing License is required for all anglers 12 years or older. Grab your fishing rods and head to local fishing spots. Popular family-friendly places include the Garden Lake Pond Park (easily accessed from Interstate 5 near Creswell), Delta Ponds (in Eugene), Fern Ridge Ponds (in Veneta). The U.S. Forest Service hosts family fishing days throughout the year where licenses are waved for one day at select locations so that everyone can cast out a line.
As the snow melts, creeks and waterways swell making for some spectacular waterfalls. Hike short trails to viewing platforms across the region to enjoy these natural wonders. We recommend Sweet Creek Falls in the Oregon Coast range for it's multiple small falls and kid-friendly trails. Impressive Salt Creek Falls (Oakridge) and Koosah & Sahalie Falls (McKenzie River) are easy to see with viewing platforms just a short walk from their parking lots. Brice Creek Falls near Cottage Grove is also popular with families because of its easy hike and beautiful pools.