My Oregon-loving heart wants to write ALL THE OREGON POSTS. I mean, really…it doesn’t get much better than Oregon in July. I want to share a few family-friendly activities in Oregon with you guys in case you are traveling that way.
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry – Portland
We used to visit OMSI when I was a kid. It was always a highlight of our trips, and I wanted to share that with my kids. Although OMSI has changed locations, it’s as awesome as ever – and a sure favorite if you have kids with you. We were at OMSI for nearly five hours, and we barely scraped the surface. We watched a movie and toured the submarine, had lunch at the cafe (super good), explored some of the exhibits, and ended up wishing we had more time as it was time to go.
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum – McMinnville
My seven-year-old is OBSESSED with vintage aircraft (especially anything involved with World War II), so this was really a trip we took for him. The Evergreen Museum houses lots of airplanes, including the Spruce Goose. It’s a beautiful museum, with plenty to look at and learn about. There’s also space museum, several tanks the kids can climb on, and a huge playground outside.
Drive to Bend – Portland to Bend
YOU GUYS. The drive from Portland to Bend? Stunning. Even my kids found it exciting, with all the beautiful terrain to look at. We don’t see a lot of mountains or gorges in North Texas, you know? To see mountains (with snow on top!), bright blue lakes, giant gorges and fields made from lava rocks? Kind of a big deal.
Toyota graciously let me borrow a RAV4 when we were in town, and it felt like the perfect vehicle in which to tour Oregon. Bright blue and fully loaded with leather seats (I love having leather with the kids, because we can easily clean up their messes) and a big sunroof, it was the perfect road tripping car. Also, it was super fun to drive – zippy and peppy and a lot like my normal car (a Toyota Highlander), but in a smaller size. And my nails were a perfect match, so…there’s that, too! <3
Canoe the Deschutes River – Sunriver
I wanted the kids to know what it’s like to be able to swim in a lake or dangle their feet in a river. We just don’t have a lot of that around here (and although I LOVE looking at our local Texas lakes, I just don’t get excited about swimming in them…sorry, lakes of NTX). The kids really, really, REALLY wanted to get out on a boat, so reting a canoe was the perfect opportunity.
It was also one of the highlights of my trip, because I just sat in the front and enjoyed the ride while Charles paddled. Go, Me!
Summit Mt. Bachelor – Bend
The snow was mostly melted off Mt. Bachelor, but you can still take a ski lift to the top (and walk around and enjoy a beverge and a snack while you’re there!). The view was stunning. The kids loved getting to play in the snow (which is more like ice, really).
While we were here, we also took a dog sled ride. This was CRAZY- it was fast and the dogs were fun. This was one of the highlights of our entire trip!
Visit a lake – Pretty much anywhere
No, really. Just find one and go visit it. It’s hard to explain to people who already live amidst clean, clear lakes. But if you’re like us, and lakes are exciting, GO SEE ONE. We visited Lake Todd. It was freexing, but the kids went swimming in it (kind of) anyway. Because that’s the kind of stuff I want them to experience and remember.