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Family Friendly

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The young and the young-at-heart are always awed by the wondrousness of the Willamette Valley (seriously, like mouth-drop-open amazement), making this the perfect place for family getaways. Groomed trails welcome young hikers and bikers, while attractions range from a restored carousel to farm animals to tulips as far as the eye can see. This is just the beginning, with many more opportunities around each bend.

Five Great Trails for Cycling With Kids in the Willamette Valley

Cyclists of all ages find something to love about the family-friendly bike paths that crisscross the Willamette Valley.

Learn all about five fun Willamette Valley bike trails that pass through wetlands rich with wildlife, modern-day attractions, and historic landmarks.

A man rides a bike down the Champoeg Bike Trail pulling a covered wagon with his dog on a leash by his side.
Cycling at Champoeg State Heritage Area
A view from the outside of the Spruce Goose at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum.
The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is home to the iconic Spruce Goose.

Three Days of Family Fun in the North Willamette Valley

You'll find plenty of family fun all over the northern reaches of the Willamette Valley.

The likes of Wilsonville, Salem, and McMinnville offer a host of educational, active, and awe-inspiring activities so we've rounded up a full weekend of family fun that includes a few favorite stops, along with restaurant recommendations and suggestions for overnight stays.

Field Trips and Educational Outings Around the Willamette Valley

No matter your child's favorite subject in school, they'll find plenty of fun family field trip ideas around the Willamette Valley.

We've put together a few suggestions from the Albany Historic Carousel & Museum (where little ones can learn how carousels work and ride the attraction's ornate wooden figures) to the wildflower-covered hiking trails at Mount Pisgah Arboretum.

Albany historic carousel
The Albany Historic Carousel & Museum features dozens of hand-carved and hand-painted whimsical creatures.
The sign for Champoeg State Park sits amid rolling green hills with a mix of green trees.
Champoeg State Heritage Area is one of many outstanding outdoor destinations for kids of all ages around the Willamette Valley. Photo by Fred Chambers.

Camping and Outdoor Adventure Around the Willamette Valley

If you're looking to instill a love of the outdoors in your little ones from an early age, you've come to the right place.

The Willamette Valley is home to dozens of well-kept campgrounds, playful parks, and scenic sites that offer plenty of enchantment and education for young children. Check out our article on family-friendly outdoor activities in the Willamette Valley.

Six Family-Friendly Hikes Around the Willamette Valley

The Willamette Valley is home to a wide range of natural wonders from towering waterfalls to winding rivers to basalt-lined waterways.

Fortunately, many of these sites are accessible via family-friendly hiking trails that cater to hikers of all ages and skill levels.

A man and women walk along the bank of the river.
The Molalla River Rim Trail is one of several family-friendly hikes in the Willamette Valley.

Your adventure begins with the official Willamette Valley Travel Guide. Request your complimentary printed guide or download a digital guide today.

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