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Discover Oregon’s Rides and Thrills
No matter where you travel in Oregon, you will find places built for family fun. Whether you are traveling with very young children and are looking for gentle amusements, or you are searching for thrill rides that will make even the most daring adult quake in anticipation, you will find it in the Beaver State.
Classic arcade games play a prominent role in family entertainment in Central Oregon. And if you are a pro at “Pac-Man” or “Asteroids,” you are in for a real treat if your travels take you to Bend. Here, you will find Vector Volcano Classic Arcade which specializes in all of those amazing 1980s pinball and video arcade games. A huge arcade is also on offer at Sun Mountain Fun Center. You can stop in at the arcade to test your skills before knocking the pins down on the bowling lanes, taking to the go-kart track or working on your putting on their miniature golf course.
Speaking of go-karts, if your travels take you to Joseph in Eastern Oregon, Wallowa Lake Karts beckons. Their new go-kart track is great for kids and adults, and they also offer ping pong tables, volleyball, mini-golf and more. Mini-golf is also a main attraction at the Maridell Center in La Grande – but with an “old west” twist. Here, the course is in a complete old west town, including the saloon and the undertakers. Maridell is also a fun spot for people to rent some skates for a family roller skating party or prepare for a round of intense fun at their Laser Tag Arena.
Other “must visits” in Greater Portland are Milwaukie Cinema & Wunderland and The Lumberyard Indoor Bike Park. In addition to the cinema, Wunderland boasts more than 100 different arcade games. Meanwhile, the Lumberyard just recently welcomed visitors to its indoor facility. Inside, you’ll find skill sections, jump lines, and technical trail riding to challenge all skill levels.
Zip lining takes center stage along the Oregon Coast at High Life Adventure in Warrenton. Sail over the forested hillsides and across a lake, enjoying the stunning views from the air. There are eight different zip line options that correspond to hiking trails, which can be combined into a “hiking-flying” adventure. Don’t be surprised if you see people taking dips into the lake from the lines as the temperatures rise.
Love zip lining, but find yourself in Southern Oregon instead? No problem! Rogue Valley ZipLine Adventure in Central Point is waiting for you. They have a five-line course that takes you over the hills of Southern Oregon, while revealing a glimpse of Braden Gold Mine, Crater Lake Rim, and Table Rocks, among other sights. It also claims to be the home of the longest zip line in the region.
Adventurers traveling through the Willamette Valley have loads of family fun options, including the Enchanted Forest in Turner. Encompassing more than 20 acres, Enchanted Forest has become an Oregon legend. Here, attractions inspired by fairy tales make the stories come alive. Other “districts” in the park offer what is reported to be the “biggest log ride in the Northwest,” a haunted house, kiddie rides, a mining town, and more.
The Family Fun Center in Wilsonville boasts a year-round park that includes bumper boats, a climbing wall and miniature golf – and that’s before you get inside the complex. Indoors, you’ll find two levels of arcade games, a laser tag arena, and go-karts, as well as a signature restaurant sure to refuel and re-energize everyone for another round of fun.
Pat’s Acres Racing complex in Canby welcomes kids and adults who are eager to take to the track in their go-kart rentals (lessons are required for children 11 and under). Meanwhile, train lovers will want to schedule a visit to the Molalla Train Park. Open on Sundays from May through October miniature trains take guests on a fun-filled 10-minute ride. See the steam engines, as well as the diesel, electric and gas models. Come for the ride and stay for a picnic as you watch the smiles of everyone who rides the rails.
With all of these terrific options and numerous others throughout the state, your getaway to Oregon can be filled with family fun, rides, and excitement!
Oaks Amusement Park
Opened in 1905, Oaks Amusement Park is a staple attraction in the Portland metro area.
The 44-acre amusement park is found on just off of Oaks Park Way along the Willemette River.
While they are season, you'll always be able to have some fun at the Oaks Amusement Park skating rink, open year round.
Head for the east end of Oaks and check out the Herschell-Spillman Noah's Ark Carousel, or the Screamin' Eagle.
At the north end of Oaks, don't miss out on the Cosmic Crash Bumper Cars.
Tree To Tree Aerial Adventure Park
Ideal for team building exercises, family outings, and birthday events, Tree To Tree Aerial Adventure Park is a premier attraction near the Portland metro area.
Visit the city of Gaston, a shirt drive south from Forest Grove, and check out this forested wonderland.
Tree To Tree features two main attractions – the Aerial Park, and Woody's Ziptastic Zip Lines. The Aerial Park features wobbly bridges, balance beams, and more than 60 extreme obstacles across six colored levels.
You can also try the guided Zip Line Tour, which features a 1,200-foot zip line and a 40-foot rappel.
Enchanted Forest Theme Park
Opened in 1971, the Enchanted Forest Theme Park is a top destination in central Oregon. Drive in from Salem and enjoy attractions inspired by classic tales like Mother Goose, and Alice in Wonderland at the park’s Storybook Lane district.
Other park districts include English Village, Tofteville Mining Town, and the Summer Comedy Theater. Don’t miss the Big Timber Log Ride – the largest of its kind in the entire Pacific Northwest.