Where can we walk from here? We get asked this question a lot. Luckily the Lara House Bed & Breakfast is right in the heart of downtown Bend and so much is walkable. Here are some of our favorite spots to walk to for outdoor adventure and local entertainment.
Drake Park, Bend, Oregon
WALKING BEND ENTERTAINMENT
Deschutes Historical Museum
Discover the history of Central Oregon. The museum building was constructed in 1914 and was first used as Reid School. At the museum you can see what it was like to go to school in the early 1900’s when you visit Ms. Reid’s classroom. Other exhibits include learning about Bend’s early history, explore objects from pioneer life, the forests of Central Oregon and Native American Tribes and exploration. Special exhibitions rotate, the current exhibition is Cruisin’ 97: Travel and Tourism from 1930 to 1960. If you are visiting by car you can download the exhibition app and travel to historic sites in Deschutes County.
129 NW Idaho Ave., Bend OR 97703
The Tower Theatre
The historic Tower Theatre is a hub for culture. They host live concerts, comedy and variety shows, films and lectures. Many local community organizations rent the 466-seat theatre for conferences (BendFilm, Muse Conference, Bend Venture, and more!). For a current event schedule visit their website.
835 NW Wall St, Bend, OR 97701
Deschutes Public Library: Downtown Bend
Maybe it’s a gray day and you want to relax with a book, or you want to see some local community art, the Downtown Bend Library hosts storytimes for children and cultural programs for teens and adults. Check their schedule often times you can find fun community classes like learning origami or how to sew.
601 NW Wall St, Bend, OR 97701
The Tin Pan Theater
A quaint 28 seat theatre with original programming tucked into Tin Pan Alley between Bond and Lava just south of Minnesota by the Oxford Hotel and Thump Coffee. You’ll find interesting underground indy flicks curated by BendFilm. For showtimes visit their website.
869 NW Tin Pan Alley, Bend, OR 97703
WALKING BEND PARKS & OUTDOOR ADVENTURE
Take a scenic stroll along Mirror Pond in this 13-acre park. The park features two softball fields, restrooms and a playground that includes a boat you can play in built by Kenny Lehto, a Bend Parks and Rec employee.
1100 NW Harmon Blvd, Bend, OR 97701
This popular downtown park hosts a ton of events throughout the spring, summer and fall. With nearly a half mile of riverfront to enjoy, acres of open lawn, an outdoor stage, restrooms and picnic tables, it’s easy to enjoy an afternoon in the park. If you want to act like a local, order a slice of pizza from Pizza Mondo and enjoy it on the lawn while you watch the ducks swim by. Drake Park is also home to Great Horned Owls!
777 NW Riverside Blvd, Bend, OR, 97701
Miller’s Landing Park
As Bend’s newest riverfront park Miller’s Landing Park is 4.7 acres of outdoor enjoyment. You can hang out on the lawn and picnic or use the space for a game of frisbee. If you brought your water toys (tube, paddle board, kayak) the park has river access.
55 NW Riverside Blvd, Bend, OR, 97701
Bend Whitewater Park
Have you ever seen someone surf a river? If you answered no head to Bend Whitewater Park to see surfers riding the whitewater channel. Believe it or not you can usually spot surfers year round – in wetsuits of course. The whitewater park is in the Deschutes River and includes three different channels. The whitewater channel, hosts surfers like we mentioned but also expert kayakers and paddle boarders who want to traverse the intense waves. Another section called the fish ladder is for those who want a milder adventure with fewer rapids, this channel is great for tubers. The third channel is specifically for local and migratory wildlife, with no public access, it exists to protect and enhance the river health.
166 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr, Bend, OR 97702
On the Western edge of the Deschutes River you’ll find Columbia Park in quiet residential area. Kids love it for the ship-like play structure called the “SS Columbia.” The two acre park includes picnic tables, a large lawn area and spot to play horseshoes.
264 Northwest Columbia Street, Bend, OR
Deschutes River Trail – Old Mill Reach
If you want to head out on a long walk, hike or bike ride get on the Deschutes River Trail. To head there from the Lara House walk to Miller’s Landing Park (you can also access from Farewell Bend Park, Riverbend Park and McKay Park). Covering 23 miles the trail system runs on both sides of the Deschutes River and goes through the Old Mill District that includes shops, restaurants and other businesses. Click here for a map.