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 places we like to eat at.
12 Things to do in Eugene with Kids
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 of 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 11 am 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.
Tiny Toys Indoor Playground – For those with toddlers this is a nice safe, indoor place to play out of the rain. There’s not too much to it, but when your kids are this little it doesn’t really matter.
Catch a Game – With Eugene being the home of the Oregon Ducks chances are high that you can catch a football game, basketball game, or even a track meet.
The Science Factory – The Science Factory is a children’s museum and planetarium. Kids can learn and there’s a special room just for toddlers called the Tot Spot.
Demolition Zone – Rage out in their rage room where you and your family can break stuff. Kids have to be at least 13. Located at 4075 Franklin Blvd, Eugene, OR 97403.
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. 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 Pizza – Track Town Pizza is located right across the street from the University of Oregon. Their pizza is amazing! They load on the toppings. Located at 1809 Franklin Blvd, Eugene, OR 97403.
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. Located at 1485 E 19th Ave, Eugene, OR 97403.
Sweetwaters on the River – Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with lovely river views, Sweetwaters offers salads, pasta, burgers, and more. During weekend brunch they have a DIY Bloody Mary bar! Located at 1000 Valley River Way, Eugene, OR 97401.
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. Located at 1079-C Valley River Way, Eugene, OR 97401.
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.