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5 things to do in Central Oregon for families

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If your family is looking for some summer adventure, why not consider central Oregon. Nestled next to the cascades in the high desert, the landscape offers so many options for quality family fun. From Mount Hood, to Bend and Sunriver, you will find you won't have time to fit in all there is to do in this beautiful area. It can be difficult to chose which activities to experience, check out 5 of the top things to do in central Oregon for families.

Get recommendations that best fit your family from the local and regional tourist centers: Visit Bend, Visit Central Oregon, Mount Hood Territory.

Mount Hood Skibowl
Mount Hood Skibowl Tracy Iseminger

Mount Hood Skibowl

If your family loves adventure, then the Mount Hood Skibowl is a must stop destination.  With thrilling attractions like the alpine slide, zipline, bungee jumping and more, you are sure to find something that excites you.  If that's a little too much for you, there are also go-carts, trampolines and summer sledding.  

Find our more information on the Skibowl Website

High Desert Museum
High Desert Museum Tracy Iseminger

High Desert Museum

The High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon introduces the history and environment of the area in a fun, interactive manner.  It is perfect entertainment for all ages.  View native species and plants and learn about the early settlers through artifacts, displays and even a living history homestead. 

See the High Desert Museum website for more information.

Wheel Fun Bike Rentals
Wheel Fun Bike Rentals Tracy Iseminger

Wheel Fun Bike Rentals

Riding bikes is always a fun way to get active with the family but Wheel Fun Bike Rentals in Bend is bringing it to a new level.  Try renting a Surrey bike that will fit the whole family.  With bikes that hold 6 adults or kids, even larger families and groups can go for a fun ride. Cruise along the Deschutes River and enjoy the Old Mill District. 

Learn more about rentals on the Wheel Fun Website

Sunriver Stables
Sunriver Stables Tracy Iseminger

Sunriver Stables

For a fun way to get out and explore the wilderness, Sunriver Stables offers a variety of horseback trail rides, lessons and pony rides for the young ones.  The horses are well trained for beginners and kids as well as seasoned riders. Chose from a variety of rides to best fit your group. 

Learn more about Sunriver Stables at Sunriver Resort Website.

Sunriver Marina
Sunriver Marina Tracy Iseminger

Sunriver Marina

Looking to cool off? Check out Sunriver Marina for a variety of water sports and tours.  Located on the Deschutes River, the marina offers both smooth sailing and whitewater rapid tours.  If a tour is not what you are looking for, you can opt to rent a raft, kayak or paddle board and create your own adventure. The family fun float offers a chance for families to explore the waters in a family friendly atmosphere. 

Learn more at the Sunriver Resort Website

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