Central Oregon Activities

Central Oregon Final Summer Bucket List

Alright, we’re not quite to autumn yet, but we are just around the corner. The days are getting a little shorter and we’re getting down to our last few weekends of official summer. If you’re looking to make the most of your last month of the season, look no further and check out the list below for some post-work and weekend ideas.

1. Float the RiverĀ 

This one is a given. But if you haven’t gotten yourself on a River Rat and cruised down the lazy float through the Old Mill, you’re missing out and should surely make it happen before the season ends.

2. Bungee Jump the Crooked River Gorge

This is for the dare devils and those who love a thrill. Bungee jumping from the Crooked River Gorge is an excellent way to say “goodbye summer” and hello to a new chapter of joy rides.

3. Enjoy an Outside Beer at Spoken Moto

We can’t help but just love the vibe at Spoken Moto. They often feature bands, and their food carts are some of the best (we think). Grab some friends, get over there and enjoy their beers (and maybe even trivia on Sundays).

4. Hike Smith Rock’s Misery Ridge for the Sunrise

This may seem like a doozy, but boy is it worth it. You might want to wait until some of the smoke clears, but if you can get yourself up at 5am to make it to the top of Misery Ridge by 6:30 for the sunrise, we promise you won’t be disappointed.

5. Rent a Paddleboard and Hit the Lakes

Who doesn’t love paddleboarding? Or maybe you don’t know yet because you’ve never tried it. Well, there’s no time like the present (and the end of summer). Head over to Tumalo Creek and Kayak, rent a paddleboard and get yourself out to Sparks.

6. Take the Kiddos to the High Desert Museum

Always on our lists because it never ceases to amaze us. The High Desert Museum is a fun adventure for all ages, but especially for the kids. Say hi to the otters, learn about the Oregon Trail and hit theĀ High Desert Dreams: The Lost Homesteads of the Fort Rock Basin exhibit before it leaves October 14.

7. Take a Lava Tube Cave Tour

This one is a little funny as an end-of-summer activity since the caves themselves are pretty cold. But man, are they fun! Learn about the geology and check out these hidden gems in Central Oregon

8. Play the Roundabout Art Game

Wait, a roundabout art game?? Yes, we’re not kidding. Get on your bikes and cruise the town to check out the sculptures at the roundabouts. Pick up the map from the Bend Visitor Center and answer the trivia questions!

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