Thanks to beautiful weather and a plethora of outdoor fun, Bend is a great vacation destination during the summer. If you’re looking for some indoor sites to see in Bend Oregon—whether as a respite from all the outdoor fun or a necessity due to rain—Bend also offers many great indoor attractions for you to check out. Read on below for some of our favorites!
High Desert Museum
Explore the art, wildlife, culture, and the living local history of Oregon at the High Desert Museum. There are up to 12 new exhibits to check out every new year, so even if you’ve been before, you’ll want to go again. This year come and see Animal Journeys: Navigating in Nature, Desert Reflections: Water Shapes the West, and Moon Country: Oregon and the Space Race. General admission is $17, students/seniors are $14, and children are $10.
Wicked DIY Candle Lounge
This is one of the more creative ways you can fill an afternoon while on vacation. Come and create your own one-of-a-kind candle! Pick your mold, color, and style, then plan your design. Everything is up to you, and kids as young as 5 can participate in the fun too. The candles you make will be ready the next morning for pick-up. Prices here are only $5 per candlemaker per day, while the prices of the candles themselves vary.
While away the afternoon at a good old-fashioned arcade. Vector Volcano has all the classic arcade and pinball machines from the 80s and 90s. They take special care to keep everything in mint condition so you can enjoy these games as they were enjoyed in their heyday. This arcade is open to minors, but also serves craft beer for the adults! All-day tickets for unlimited playtime are $15, or you can get in for an hour for only $5.
This iconic theatre in the heart of downtown Bend is almost 80 years old. Enjoy both classics and modern hits this summer with shows ranging from Muppets in Space to Rogue One. Concerts play here as well, so make sure to check the calendar for your visit to Bend. See what’s playing, because chances are, you won’t want to miss it! Ticket prices vary depending on the show.
Mountain Trampoline Park
You’ll want to set aside an entire morning or afternoon for Mountain Trampoline Park. This is an endlessly amusing indoor recreation experience that the entire family will love. There’s no age limit on fun. Ticket prices are $12 for 1 hour, $17 for 1.5 hours, and $20 for 2 hours. Note: If you love discounts, head in for Kid’s Night Out on the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month for 3 hours of jump time at only $24, which also includes pizza, drinks, and games!
Make Memories and Enjoy Indoor Sites to See in Bend Oregon
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We all know how Bend is full of attractions, and it will take more than one visit to enjoy them all. But sometimes you only have enough time for a long weekend vacation. So, what are you going to do? Well, for one thing, you need a good plan. With so many attractions, you can’t possibly visit them all in your short visit, but you can still enjoy the best the town has to offer and hope to come back again to cover the rest of it! Here are some of the best Bend attractions that draw tourists from all over the country.
Bend Attractions: High Desert Museum
This is a museum dedicated to wildlife, but this is not a regular museum with simple exhibits and some interactive shows; this is 125 acres of land where exhibits cover both indoors and outdoors, and it’s all about desert life and the hardy critters that make the desert their home. These include raptors, otters, porcupines, and reptiles. You can also visit the Miller Family Ranch and Sawmill and get a glimpse of what life used to be like in the area.
One way to get a good look of the whole town is to hike up Pilot Butte. It’s good exercise, and once you’ve reached the top you’re met with amazing views. Try to start early to beat the hot sun and also because the views in the early morning are spellbinding. This is a popular activity for both locals and tourists alike. You’re more than likely to meet other hikers along the way and get a chance to make some new friends. If you don’t like to hike, you can still go up the road in a vehicle.
When traveling in a group or with your family, you’d usually want to go everywhere together. But instead of taking a cab or public transport, why not hop on a bike surrey? It’s a lot of fun for the whole family—for both those who are pedaling and those sitting at the back and enjoying being shown around comfortably. You can plan your trip to visit the Old Mill District and the Deschutes River where there’s plenty to see and the roads are good for your unique vehicle.
Be sure to experience the best Bend attractions while you are in town. For more information and places to stay during your three-day weekend in Bend, call us today!