30 Best Fun Things to Do in Bend, Oregon Story

By Andrew Sayles

Introduction

30 Best Fun Things to Do in Bend, Oregon Story

This list of fun things to do in Bend, Oregon will satisfy nature lovers, foodies...

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Grab a craft beer at Bend Brewing Company

Bend is a city that loves craft beer and has the highest number of breweries...

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Take a drive along Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway

The Cascade mountain range extends from Northern California all the way through Oregon, Washington, and...

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Enjoy river sports at Bend Whitewater Park

Surfing is one of the top Bend attractions despite being over one hundred miles inland...

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Take a hike in Deschutes National Forest

Bend sits in Oregon's high desert but is almost completely surrounded by national forests. The...

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Become a "Bendite" in Downtown Bend

When the city at the "Bend" of the Deschutes River was incorporated in 1904, it...

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Take a break in Drake Park

This park is central to Bend, both in geographical terms and in its commitment to...

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Go paddling or fishing in Mirror Pond

Created by Bend Hydro Dam, Mirror Pond is the standout feature of Drake Park, and...

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Learn about the region at the High Desert Museum

The High Desert Museum on the south side of Bend is an incredible project that...

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Feel small in Newberry National Volcanic Monument

Found in the massive Deschutes National Forest, the Newberry National Volcanic Monument is a mind-bending...

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Shop in the Old Mill District

Like many towns and cities in the twenty-first century, Bend has had to walk the...

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Climb at Smith Rock State Park

Smith Rock State Park in nearby Terrebonne is one of the most popular things to...

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Go off-grid in Oregon Badlands Wilderness

If it's open spaces you're after, you'll love Oregon Badlands Wilderness. This public land is...

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Get 360-degree views at Pilot Butte State Scenic Viewpoint

An old cinder cone called Pilot Butte rises from the Earth just east of downtown...

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Climb Tumalo Mountain

In a land of towering, glaciated volcanos, Tumalo Mountain provides a great summit opportunity without...

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Hike to Tumalo Falls

For an even less intense hike in the region, taking the trail to the thundering...

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Hit the slopes at Mt. Bachelor

Just outside of Bend, Mt. Bachelor offers world-class slopes with over a hundred unique runs...

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Take a snowshoeing and bonfire tour

Residents of Bend appreciate each of its four distinct seasons, making a pair of snowshoes...

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Go fly fishing

Bend has been rated one of the top ten fly fishing towns in the United...

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Go mountain biking

With all of the surrounding peaks, it should come as no surprise that mountain biking...

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Eat, drink, and be merry at Munch & Music

Munch & Music at the Drake Park amphitheater brings together food trucks, craft beer, and...

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Go on a Whitewater Rafting tour

The rapids of the Deschutes River provide adventure-minded travelers with a memorable whitewater rafting half-day...

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Take a day trip to Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park is consistently ranked as one of the best National Parks of...

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Get inspired at BendFilm Festival

The BendFilm Festival is a small but growing celebration of independent movie-making. If you're an...

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Rent a movie from "The Last Blockbuster"

Before gaining fame from the Netflix documentary (the irony!), the last Blockbuster on Earth had...

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Cowboy up at Sisters Rodeo

While Bend is typically seen as a modern cultural center in the region, the signs...

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Take a riverside horse ride

Horses were the main mode of transportation in Bend not that long ago, and today...

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Visit the Sunriver Nature Center and Observatory

Nearby Sunriver Nature Center and Observatory is a wonderful place to visit, with some of...

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Learn violent geology at Lava Butte

The eruptions that formed Lava Butte to the south of Bend 7,000 years ago would...

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Play pickleball

Pickleball has quietly taken the world of recreation by storm, being named one of the...

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Visit raptors at Eagle Watch

The high desert provides an ideal environment for birds of prey who make their roosts...

Conclusion

Conclusion

Bend and its surroundings offer a near-perfect balance between feeling the pulse of society and...

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