Planning a family vacation can be a challenge. You need to find somewhere with enough variety to keep the kids entertained, but you still want to find somewhere to relax and absorb the unique attractions that each destination has to offer. The state of Oregon provides you with the perfect balance between family-friendly activities, an incredible natural landscape of beaches, forests, mountains and farmlands to explore, plus all the comforts of home. If you’re thinking of heading to Oregon for your next family vacation, here are some of the highlights the state has to offer which will delight both adults and children alike.
Head to the Beach
No family vacation would be complete without at least a few days out at the beach. Luckily, Oregon’s stunning coastline is made up of plenty of them. Depending on where you are in the state, you’ll have easy access to different beaches. Newport’s Beverly Beach in Beverly Beach State Park is ideal for camping and lined by incredible cliffs.
In Lincoln City, Siletz Bay is a great place for families as there isn’t much wind and there you can refuel with the delicious clam chowder from Mo’s which is just a short walk from the beach. If your family likes to spend a lot of time on the beach, you may want to consider a beachside rental in Lincoln City such as the Olivia Beach properties by Sweet Haven Rentals. These holiday lodgings include private hot tubs, fire pits, and grills, and access to a shared swimming pool, fitness room, community park, playground, volleyball court and stairs to the beach.
Go On Safari
Animal lovers simply can’t miss the 600-acre zoo in Winston, Southwest Oregon. This open-air safari enables you to observe the animals as they relax and roam around the grounds. You can even book the kids onto a camp so they can get a more hands-on experience and learn all about the lions, rhinos, zebras and more.
Visit The Enchanted Forest
Young kids (and you!) will love this amusement park in Turner, Northwest Oregon. The family-run park includes plenty of rides and fun attractions to keep the whole family entertained for hours. Highlights include the Grimms’ Fairy Tales sets which give you the chance to walk into a world of magic.
Discover The Children’s Museum
Located in Portland is The Children’s Museum which gives children a place to learn about the world in a fun and engaging environment. It’s an interactive experience designed to educate children about the way the world works from science to everyday life. Visit portlandcm.org to plan your trip.
Try Rafting on Deschutes River
The Deschutes River in Northern Oregon offers some fantastic rafting trips which last between half a day and full 5-day trips. There are special family trips which children as young as 4 can take part in on the Deschutes River as the summertime air and water temperatures are more suitable. You’ll travel through wonderful open landscapes and through canyons, including incredible views of the high desert in the sunshine.