Happy holidays from all of us at Wanderlust Tours! How will you be spending this special time, with family and friends, eating delicious food, baking things, watching Christmas movies…? Well, if you’re looking for the perfect Bend Oregon holiday activities or Bend Oregon family activities, we’ve got a great selection of suggestions to offer:
DRINK BEER! (OR CIDER!)
Have you taken full advantage of the great craft beverage scene in Bend? There are 20+ breweries in our little town, and we’re home to the inestimable Avid Cider! Spend some time taking it in with the family, sipping on delicious suds, and bonding over special holiday-time brews, like the Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery! This festive winter ale has cocoa, dried fruit, and toffee notes, and is available for a limited time! Join us on a Bend Brew Bus tour to learn all about local seasonal beers, and to cross off some stops on your Bend Ale Trail Atlas!
2. PLAY IN THE SNOW!
Snowshoeing with us on one of our daily tours is another great way to play around in the snow! This is one of the best ways to get up close and personal with Bend’s amazing wilderness. Our naturalist guides will show you all the beautiful sights, and share their extensive knowledge of the trees, animals, and history of Bend’s old-growth forests. You could even…
3. PLAY IN THE SNOW AND DRINK BEER (OR CIDER)!
That’s right— get the best of what winter in Bend has to offer with our Shoes, Brews, & Views Snowshoe Tour! There’s no better way to spend the holidays with family than snowshoeing through a gorgeous landscape, learning all about the nature and history of Bend, and sipping on the best local wares Bend has to offer. (Psst: we have rootbeer for those under 21!)
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4. ICE SKATING AT THE PAVILION
This is a great option for the whole family! Strap on some skates and hit the ice for a night of fun! The Pavilion is Oregon’s only NHL-sized ice rink, with hockey, curling, free-skating, rentals, and lockers available right on-site. There’s even a viewing room, fire pit, and concession stand with hot drinks for those who might just want to watch!
5. EXPLORE AN UNDERGROUND CAVE!
There’s nothing cooler than strapping on a helmet and headlamp and heading into the earth to explore! For those little ones in your life that want to grow up to be an explorer or scientist, this is the best tour ever. They’ll get the chance to learn all about the ancient volcanic landscape of Central Oregon, crawl through small spaces (this is optional), and learn about bats and other creatures that depend on the unique ecosystems within our cave systems. Bend lava caves are absolutely a must-see for anyone visiting Central Oregon!
Looking for specific holiday events? We’ve got suggestions for those, too!
NEW YEAR’S IN BEND OREGON
This is THE BEST WAY TO KICK OFF THE NEW YEAR! While we have unfortunately sold out of our special New Year’s Eve Bonfire on the Snow Tour, but we’ll be running this amazing tour every night for the last week of December, and the first week of January! We have all of the dates for this tour listed on the Bonfire Snowshoe Tours page, and if you have any questions about other dates, you can always give us a call at (541) 389-8359.
VALENTINE’S DAY IN BEND OREGON
If you’re one of those people that plans far in advance, we’ve got a couple of great things to throw on your radar for the BEST Valentine’s Day Bend Oregon activities! We’ll post more about these later, but for now, keep in mind that we’ll be running our ROMANCE ON THE SNOW BONFIRE TOUR on the nights of February 14, 15, 16, and 17! This is the perfect date night activity. We’ll also be running our special event: ART IN NATURE WITH BEND CAMERATA on Sunday, February 10, 2019! This will be a fantastic experience, and an excellent way to celebrate Valentine’s with that special someone.