The weather is beautiful year-round in Bend, Oregon, so make sure to get outside during your next vacation getaway. Of all the outdoor recreation areas, Hollinshead Park stands out as one of the best state parks. The land was formerly owned by Dean and Lily Hollinshead and was a working ranch for years. Since then the ranch has been donated to be used as a state park and still retains its unique pioneer charm.
There is so much to do at Hollinshead Park in Bend that you could easily spend hours here. The community garden features beautiful local flora with colorful flowers and luscious greens. This is the perfect place to set up your own family picnic. The community garden also opens up available garden plots during the spring of each year to any locals who wish to use the space to grow vegetables or fruits. You may even be lucky enough to visit during one of the many gardening sessions provided by the Maser Gardeners during the year!
Do not forget to bring your friendly dogs, as they will love to play in the unfenced, off-leash dog park area. Your pups can run around this spacious area and play ball or with other lovable canines. A majority of the park is open fields where the Hollinshead orchard used to be. Bring your favorite sports ball to play catch or take in the beautiful Oregon scenery.
Homestead House and Tack Shed Museum
You can view a piece of Central Oregon history by visiting the onsite museum at the Homestead House. The house and tack shed used by the original owners have been restored so you can see how the family lived back during the Depression era. This restored home offers rustic charm that any historic buff will love to view.
If you are hosting a group event during your stay in Bend, the Hollinshead Barn is one of the best venues in town. This historic site is a great place to host weddings or other private events, all in the comfort and charm of Hollinshead Park.
The barn has free Wi-Fi so you can make all of your friends jealous when you post pictures of your Bend event on social media. It has accessible bathrooms and offers 16 folding banquet tables. It has a small kitchen where you can prepare snacks and drinks. You will have to have insurance to have an event here and you are responsible for cleaning up after yourself.
Finding Hollinshead Park
You can visit Hollinshead Park during your next trip through Bend at 1235 Northeast Jones Road. The park is open every day of the week from 5:00am to 10:00pm. Free parking is available on site.
Things to Do Nearby
Once you get done exploring the Hollinshead Park in Bend, you will find that bend offers many activities and educational attractions.
The High Desert Museum
This wonderful center offers exhibits about the history of the Pacific Northwest and the unique part the region played in American history. It is also a place where you will meet and learn about many of the animals who are indigenous to the region. The employees at the museum are all dedicated to giving you the most fun and informative experience of your Bend trip. The museum has both permanent and temporary exhibits.
Prices and hours vary a bit during the year, but you will never pay more than $17 for general admission. The museum is easy to reach from Bend; just get on US 97 and follow the signs.
The Bend Ale Trail
Bend has more breweries per capita than any other city in Oregon. If hops aren’t your thing, there are plenty of wineries and distilleries in the area as well. You can walk or bike the Ale Trail where you will find many establishments offering a selection of micro brewed ales. If you get enough punches on your trail card, you can get yourself some beer themed bling.
There are also a couple of great places to eat near Hollinghead Park. Laughing Planet is located at 913 W 3rd St, Bend, Oregon 97701. This casual eatery offers a wide selection of healthy food. Be sure to try one of their gigantic burritos made with smart beans. The grilled vegetable quesadilla makes a great appetizer and comes with the house made green sauce that you will not want to miss.
If you are looking for fun food, be sure to try the Pilot Butte Drive In. Located at 917 NE Greenwood Ave, Bend, OR 97701. The drive in offers burgers, fries and some fabulous onion rings. The portions are huge in this 50s themed eatery. You won’t want to pass up the thick milkshakes they have here.
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