Top 9 Family Friendly Things to do in Eugene Oregon

Top 9 Family Friendly Things to do in Eugene Oregon

9 family friendly things to do in Eugene OregonEugene, 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 Things to do in Eugene, Oregon with Family

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 whichever 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.

Fidgets 2 WidgetsFidgets 2 Widgets is an activity center based around STEM education. They offer all kinds of interesting programs that your kids are sure to love. Here your kids can learn about math and science using Minecraft or they can take a class on something else that peaks their interest like Youtube, Javascripts, Japanese Amine and many more.

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.

If you are looking for even more to do while you are in Eugene I also recommend checking out the Kids’ Adventure 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 somewhere to eat I have a few recommendations:

Track town pizzaTrack 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.Dickie Joe's Burgers

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.

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By | 2018-05-07T12:10:57+00:00 February 5th, 2017|Eugene|2 Comments

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Meagan is the author and host of Mommy Travels, a family travel and lifestyle blog. She has been traveling the world with her three kids for over a decade and loves sharing her adventures and tips with others.


  1. Tahler Thacker May 8, 2017 at 12:01 am - Reply

    I love Eugene! It’s a great city. My family hopes to move there this August and we will definitely check out some of these great places you’ve mentioned here.

  2. Josh May 22, 2018 at 11:43 am - Reply

    I honestly wouldn’t raise my child here if I had the option to move elsewhere in the near future. Homeless population is staggering, drugs are rampant, and half of the things mentioned in the post above didn’t have anything to do with ACTIVITIES for children. There is almost NOTHING to do with your child for the entire rainy season of the year (6 MONTHS)!!! HHow many times do you think your child is going to enjoy the SAME exhibit!!! How much $$$ do u want to spend every month for your child to go bounce on trampolines at a minimum of $7 per child per visit. If it wasn’t for nature this place would have nothing to offer whatsoever and you can’t even enjoy that for most of the year. The best thing bout this place is that the ocean is an hour away, but again it costs $$$ for gas to get there, too cold to swim in with children unless ur honestly don’t care if there freezing, not to mention it’s not actually in Eugene!!! This place is terrible. Yes there are good places to eat, but almost any place in the entire world has good places to eat so that isn’t worth any awards. Save yourself the time, money and disappointment of coming here and invest in a better more eventful road trip/adventure!

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