Did you know that The Dalles Dam is a prime winter location for migrating bald eagles? Well it is! Come see for yourself by participating in the 9th Annual Eagle Watch Event at The Dalles Lock & Dam. This is a fun outing for families and birders alike. If you’ve never seen a bald eagle swooping overhead with a fish in its claws or a convocation of eagles jockeying for a prime perch, then you may be in for a treat. Be sure to stop by Grinders and get some hot cocoa with sprinkles to keep your hands warm while you take turns holding your binoculars. It may be cold out so be sure to dress appropriately.
When you’re done watching the wild eagles at The Dalles Dam, take the whole family to The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center for a chance to see one of their Raptor Programs. Get up close and personal with some amazing raptors and maybe even get a selfie with them. Afterwards, you can explore the interactive exhibits and kids room at the Discovery Center and have lunch at their Basalt Rock Café. Then take your kids to color an Eagle coloring page at Wonderworks Children’s Museum or go on a hike at Eagle Caves. Switch it up for dinner by heading over to Spooky’s Pizza for family-friendly service, a video game arcade, and great pizza and sandwiches.
Make a weekend of it and spend the night in ‘The Barn’ at Cousins Country Inn. In the morning you absolutely can’t miss trying the best giant cinnamon rolls in the Gorge baked fresh every day at Cousins Restaurant. Can’t eat a whole one? Order the Mini- Center rolls- because everyone knows the center is the best part anyway.
Take a stroll downtown and visit Klindt’s Booksellers, the oldest bookstore in Oregon, and pick up some reading material for the trip home, or for the next sunny afternoon you spend in The Dalles. Spend the rest of your morning playing disc golf at Sorosis Park, skating at The Dalles Skate Park or hiking along the Riverfront Trail to make sure everyone gets some fresh air and exercise before the drive home.