Top Family Activities in Hood River (Winter/Spring)

With easy access to ski slopes and tubing parks as well as hiking, museums and parks, Hood River lures families from throughout the Pacific Northwest seeking Winter and Spring Break adventures. Here are six great ways to spend your winter or spring family vacation in Hood River:

Hit the snow!

Stay in Hood River and take advantage of screaming deals offered by Mt. Hood Meadows and the Hood River Chamber of Commerce. Offers include a $99 3-of-5 Day Pass and a $30 youth pass. Cooper Spur also has great beginner runs, plus tubing (through March) and Nordic skiing.

Go back in time.

Kids and grown-ups alike love the fantastic Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum (WAAAM) – one of the largest collections of still-flying antique airplanes and still-driving antique automobiles in the country. Plus, kids can be entertained for hours in WAAAM’s play area.  Or see the salmon and hydropower production up close at the Bonneville Lock and Dam Visitor Center.

Explore Hood River’s Waterfront.

Let your kids loose at Waterfront Park, then grab lunch at one of the many new restaurants. Or meander in and out of the many great shops downtown, where there’s something for everyone in the family. Pop in for a movie and Pizza at Andrew’s.

Go for a scenic hike.

Just 20 minutes west of downtown Hood River, the Gorge 400 Trail starting ay Wyeth Campground is a low-elevation hike that passes numerous rock gardens and waterfalls and offers views of the Columbia River. It’s 4 miles to the junction with the Herman Creek Trail. Friends of the Columbia Gorge offers many additional hike suggestions. Or experience the wildflower on Mosier Plateau March-May.

Bike or hike the spectacular and kid-friendly Twin Tunnels, on the Historic Columbia River Highway.

Starting at the Mark O. Hatfield West Trailhead, this 5-mile trail section (closed to vehicles) features amazing views of the Columbia River and two tunnels. It ends near the small town of Mosier. 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the iconic Historic Columbia River Highway, America’s first “King of Roads.”

Explore the Fruit Loop.

Visit u-pick farms, farm stands and pet alpacas along the Hood River County Fruit Loop. The Fruit Loop kicks off its spring season with Hood River Valley Blossom Time in early April.

Shop and eat.

After strolling along in Hood River’s books, toys, apparel, housewares and gear shops, enjoy a great pizza or yummy burger at many family-friendly restaurants. Or sit back and relax and watch a movie at Andrew’s Pizza and Skylight Theater.