It’s almost back to school, can you believe it? Parents are probably pretty excited, while most kids are dreading it and trying to soak up as much summer fun as possible. Here are some things you can do around Central Oregon as a family, before it’s back to the books.

Float the River- There are many spots in Central Oregon where you can get in the Deschutes and enjoy and nice relaxing float. If you don’t have tubes, you can rent them from Tumalo Creek in Sunriver and Bend. You can learn about where to float in Bend here and Sunriver here.

White Water Rafting- If a rush is what you want, we highly recommend this activity. There are some very mellow spots where you can just look around, and enjoy the views of the river. Inn at the Seventh Mountain takes you out The Big Eddy where you float hit the rapids in about an hour float. More info here.


Paddleboard- With so many lakes in the area to choose from for this activity, and pretty much anywhere you can float the river in calm waters, you can paddleboard. If you want to learn, or just need to rent a board in Bend, Stand on Liquid has you covered and Tumalo Creek in Sunriver.


Mountain Bike- Central Oregon is known for it’s bike trails. Some very calm for the whole family, and some trails have jumps and steep spots for the more extreme biker. Mt. Bachelor now has bike trails with many different runs, and of course offer rentals, if you need to borrow a bike. Phil’s Trailhead is close to Sunriver and Bend, and is also a very popular spot for biking. If you are looking for bike rentals in Sunriver, check out Sunriver Sports and in Bend, check out Pine Mountain Sports.


Swim at SHARC- With your choice of swimming, water slides, lazy river, and lounging in the sun, SHARC has something for the whole family. Check out times and rates here.



Shop at The Village at Sunriver- There’s always something going on at The Village- bouncy houses, art fairs, food and sweets, and  more. Check out website to see upcoming events.


We hope you have had fun this summer, and continue to get out there with the family and enjoy the sun!
The Jones Group