Oregon has a lot to offer when it comes to recreation, from mountain sports to wine tasting in the Willamette Valley and walks on the beach. There are all sorts of new experiences to be had, including ones you may not usually think of when you’re brainstorming how to spend your day. As it turns out, you don’t have to leave the state to stay overnight in a treehouse, take a glass-blowing class, or taste 170 flavors of salt water taffy. Here are 12 awesome ideas for things to do in our beautiful state–and some wonderful new experiences to be had.
12. Spend the night in a tree house.
At Out'n'About Treesort near Cave Junction, you can stay overnight in your very own treehouse. It's like a real-life Lothlorien! (All my fellow nerds know what I'm talking about).
11. Walk the streets of a ghost town.
Oregon has more ghost towns than any other U.S. state, which is all the more reason to go see one for yourself. Here's a photo of Shaniko, one of the most popular ghost towns in Oregon.
10. Go zip lining!
Concur your fear of heights by zip lining, a fun, adrenalin-pumping outdoor activity. There are many places to zip line in Oregon, including Rogue Valley ZipLine Adventure Park in Central Point.
9. See what's in season at your local U-Pick farm.
There are wonderful U-Pick farms all over Oregon where you can harvest your own food, fresh off the vine. Whether you love apples, berries, tomatoes, or plums, there is something for everyone. Here's a photo from the Sauvie Island U-Pick.
8. See a shipwreck.
When the tide is low, head over to Fort Stevens to see the 100-year-old remains of the magnificent Peter Iredale.
7. Taste over 170 flavors of "The World's Best Saltwater Taffy".
The Candyman in Seaside has an incredible amount of saltwater taffy (as well as other sweet treats), and it's a great place to take the little ones.
6. Take a jet boat tour.
Jerry's Rogue Jets will take you for an unforgettable ride down the Rogue River.
5. Fly away in a hot air balloon.
See Oregon from a different perspective as you sail the sky in a hot air balloon. There are multiple companies in Oregon that provide scenic hot air balloon flights, including Vista Balloon Adventures, Balloon Flights, and more.
4. Learn how to blow glass.
Elements Glass, Portland Glass Blowers, Live Laugh Love Glass, Fusion Glass Blowing, among others, all offer glass blowing classes. What a cool hobby to pick up!
3. Or learn to make ceramics.
There are also many places to make your own ceramics in Oregon. It's a fun, creative activity and you end up with some great handmade ceramics to be proud of.
2. Take a scenic train ride.
Quite a few railroads in Oregon offer unforgettable scenic, historical, and recreational train rides on beautiful vintage trains. Here's a photo of the The Sumpter Valley Railroad’s Christmas Train.
1. See a drive-in movie.
Believe it or not, there are still some drive-in movie theaters in Oregon. Here's a photo of Motor Vu Drive In in Dallas.
What other unique things do you like to do for fun in Oregon? Let us know in the comments.