Oregon Family Fun for All

There’s plenty to keep active families entertained in Oregon.
September 29, 2021

Sometimes when you are road tripping with the family, the best moments come when you discover something unexpected along the way — and this is especially true here in Oregon. From exploring tide pools and shipwrecks along Oregon’s 363-mile public coastline to geologic wonders and abandoned pioneer towns, and the world’s only known Bigfoot trap, Oregon claims dozens of roadside attractions and weird treasures. 

Please remember to keep any flying jellyfish you encounter on a leash at all times. 

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Fly a kite, make a kite and watch the pros fly their amazing kites at Lincoln City's annual Summer Kite Festival. (Photo by Cody Cha)

Family-Friendly Festivals and Events on the Oregon Coast

Oregon’s 363-mile-long coastline is one of the state’s top destinations for adventure seekers, so why not plan your visit around one of the Coast’s annual events? Joining in on a community celebration is one of the best ways to discover the local culture, history, food and outdoor traditions — whether it’s wading in a cranberry bog, feasting on Dungeness crab or joining a derby duck race. Family-friendly events happen throughout the year, so there’s always something new to experience each season. Check ahead of time to confirm event dates, times and details.

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Less-Crowded Beaches on the Oregon Coast

Everyone who visits the Oregon Coast has a favorite beach. For some, it’s where they built sandcastles with generations of family. For others, it’s where they spied an epic sunset on a cool February Friday or where they first encountered a sea star. Whatever the reason, we all have a special attraction to the Coast that keeps us coming back for more — the next day trip, the next sunset or the next close encounter. Here are some of our favorite less-crowded beaches to keep that sense of discovery (and tradition) alive.

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Dog-Friendly Weekend at the Oregon Coast

Every pet owner knows that one of the greatest joys of inviting an animal into your life is introducing these furry family members to new things. There’s just something so magical about experiencing something through their eyes — and in a strange way, it can help you rediscover old passions. Here’s how to navigate your pup’s first visit to the Coast with as much fun as we did.

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8 Spots for Van Camping on the Coast

So you’re interested in camping, but you’re kind of over sleeping on the ground and cooking by headlamp hunched over propane stove. We’ve got just the thing for you: van camping. Pop-up campers offer easily accessible beds, petite kitchens and fold-down tables for eating (or cribbage, anyone?). Compact and tidy, they are perfect for the car-camping section of the campground right next to the beach.

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7 Stunning Oregon State Parks Without the Crowds

Oregon is flush with incredible state parks, and there’s nothing quite like a day spent rediscovering your favorite. However, when everyone else has the same idea, it can put a damper on things. Luckily, the state is home to enough less-crowded alternatives that pack their own unique punch. Here are some of Oregon’s most popular state parks and where you might consider going instead for equally impressive trails, views, wildlife and natural wonders — all with a bit more solitude.

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Family Road Trip: Wacky & Weird Oregon

Sometimes when you’re road tripping with the family, the best moments come when you discover something unexpected along the way — and this is especially true here in Oregon. From geologic wonders and abandoned pioneer towns to shipwrecks and the world’s only known Bigfoot trap, Oregon claims dozens of roadside attractions and weird treasures.

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