Eugene, Oregon is less than 2 hours south of Portland, Oregon and a super family friendly city. Eugene is home to the Oregon Ducks and a massive college town, but don’t let that deter you there are so many family friendly things to do in Eugene.
We find ourselves down in Eugene at least once a year for Noah’s gymnastics meets. Each time we are in the city we find another fun thing to do or a new restaurant we like. Here are some of the things we have enjoyed doing and a few placed we live to eat.
9 Family Friendly Things to do in Eugene, Oregon
Skinner Butte Park – The whole park is awesome, but it’s the massive playground here that’s our favorite thing to do in Eugene. Skinner Butte Park is a sprawling park along the river. It features an area where people rock climb, extensive bike paths and it has an incredible playground for kids. Here is a short video I took at the playground to give you a better idea and what to expect.
Bike Riding – Eugene is one of the most bike-friendly communities in the Pacific Northwest with bike paths everywhere. The bike paths are a great way to see some the beautiful sites in the area without traffic worries. Kids love the extensive bike bridges that connect to paths on both sides of the Willamette River. Along the paths kids can also see lots of wildlife including blue herons, egrets and pond turtles. There are several outfits in town that rent bikes and deliver to which ever hotel you stay in. I recommend going with a larger rental company, so they don’t cancel.
Cascades Raptor Center – Something truly unique in this area is the Cascades Raptor Center. Located near Eugene is a special wildlife rehabilitation and public education center. You can walk through the grounds along forested hillside trails to get close up views of eagles, owls, falcons and many other raptors. It’s located in the South Eugene hills very close to a popular urban trail known as the Ridgeline Trail—yet another popular bike trail and park for families.
Level Up Arcade – Level Up arcade is an old school arcade in downtown Eugene, Oregon that allows minors until 9 PM. Parents can enjoy a cocktail while kids play one of the 25 pinball machines
Get Air Eugene Trampoline Park – All kids will enjoy coming here to bounce around. They have an area for bigger kids and one for smaller kids. There’s a foam pit and an area where you can play dodgeball. Prices vary quite a bit so check their website.
Trap Door Escape Room – Escape rooms are pretty fun. The kids and I made it out with 3 minutes left! Everything in the room is in there for a reason and it’s up to your and your family to figure out the clues, puzzles, locks, and more to escape.
Putter’s Family Entertainment Center – Putter’s Family Entertainment Center has an assortment of fun things to do for families including mini golf, laser tag, an indoor playground, an arcade, pool tables, and pizza. They open at 11am daily and laser tag opens at 4pm Monday through Thursday.
5th Street Public Market – The 5th Street Public Market located in the heart of downtown Eugene is a shopping destination with an assortment of shops. It is fun to explore and it’s full of family-friendly eateries including Goody’s Chocolate, Ice Cream and Candy Shop http://www.5stmarket.com/goodys-chocolates
If you are looking for even more to do while you are in Eugene I also recommend checking out the Kids’ Adventure Club www.EugeneCascadesCoast.org/kids-club. There they can provide you with suggested activities for the specific dates you are in town!
Family Friendly Restaurants in Eugene, Oregon
If you are looking for some where to eat I have a few recommendations:
Track Town Pizza – Track Town Pizza is located right across the street from the University of Oregon. Their pizza is amazing! They oil on the toppings.
McMenamins East 19th Street Cafe – This particular McMenamins allows kids to play the games with you. Games include darts, shuffleboard, pool, and pinball. I recommend going here during happy hour. They have one of the best happy hour menus I’ve ever seen at a McMenamins.
Dickie Joe’s Burgers – Dickie Joe’s Burgers specializes in burgers hence the name but also hot dogs and chicken fingers. I personally thought their chili was wonderful.
Have you been to Eugene? Did you find any good places to eat or fun things to do? We would love to hear about them.