Top 10 Family Activities in Hood River – Spring/Summer Edition

Hood River is a huge playground for kids and grownups alike. Here are 10 great activities for kids (or your inner child), from alpaca petting and berry picking to standup paddle board and waterfall hikes.

1. Spend the day at the Hood River Waterfront Park. With a great playground, sand beach, amphitheater, and spectacular views, there’s no better place to spend a day with your kids than at Waterfront Park. Even better, there’s a local coffee shop, Stoked Roasters, and two family-friendly restaurants – Solstice Wood Fire Cafe and pFriem Family Brewers – just steps away!

2. Visit WAAAM- the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum, which is home to one of the largest collections of still-flying and driving antique vehicles in the country. Be sure to visit on the second Saturday of the month (10 AM-2 PM), when WAAAM volunteers fly and drive the antiques!

3. Pick berries! (Or apples, or pumpkins…See above!) The Hood River County Fruit Loop is perfect for fruit-loving kids. Bonus: Draper Girls Family Farms has a petting area with goats and pigs, and Kiyokawa Family Orchards has a play fort.

4. Feed an alpaca! Head to Cascade Alpaca to see some of the sweetest – and softest – animals around. On weekends there are often weaving demonstrations. And, any day, you can take home an alpaca finger puppet made out of – you guessed it – alpaca wool.

5. Chase waterfalls. Cool off on the Tamanawas Falls Hike, which is just 30 minutes south of Hood River. The easy, 3.6-mile round-trip walk rewards hikers with a broad, thundering waterfall.

6. Take a SUP lesson. Hood River is the perfect place to dip your toes into the up-and-coming water sport of standup paddleboarding (SUP), and several outfitters provide lessons for SUPing wannabes of all ages. Check out Hood River Waterplay and Gorge Paddling Center.

7. Go paddle boating on Lost Lake. With picture-perfect Mt. Hood looming in the background, this is possibly the most photogenic place a one can rent a paddleboat or canoe. The calm waters make this the perfect place to spend the day exploring the lake, and there’s also a 3-mile trail that goes around the lake for landlubbers. Reward the kids for their great pedaling with an ice cream from the general store.

8. Get a cone at Mike’s Ice Cream. Stopping at this cute ice cream shop is a weekly — or daily — ritual for many visitors and locals alike. Parents can relax in Adirondack chairs while kids run around on the lawn. Don’t miss the huckleberry milkshake!

9. Grab your skateboard and head to the Hood River Skate Park. This well-shaded park on the western part of town includes picnic tables, a bathroom and lots of beginner and intermediate options for skaters and BMX bikers.

10. Take a nature walk along the lush Indian Creek Trail, located above a creek that feeds into the Hood River. From downtown Hood River, take the stairs starting at 2nd and Cascade streets a couple of flights until you see a sign for the Indian Creek Trail. The two-mile trail leads to the Columbia Gorge Community College Hood River campus.

Families can refuel and recharge in Hood River, which has a number of family-friendly restaurants and lodging options