There is a lot of fun to be had in Eugene all year round, but once fall arrives, there are a few special events or occasions that families will enjoy. The city has the best forests, farms, playgrounds and outdoor activities, but there are a few things that you must do before the weather turns too cold.
Here are a few fun things to do in the fall in Eugene:
Leafy Hiking Exploration – explore the leaves while hiking in one of many Eugene parks. The natural trails are filled with colorful leaves in the fall and make great pictures for keepsakes or holiday portraits. The Row River Trail in Cottage Grove encompasses Dorena Reservoir and displays seven covered bridges. Enjoy the Row River Trail for some family fun, as it is marked with easy terrain, buffered pathways and marked road crossings.
Visit Cascades Raptor Center – to see domestic animals and wildlife before they go in for the winter. Neighborhood farms, wetlands and parks are ideal places to peek at hawks, falcons, eagles, ospreys and other amazing creatures. Visit Aragon Alpacas to see sheep, cows, alpacas and feed the goats. There is also a gift shop to grab souvenirs and a warm sweater if needed.
Willamette Fish Hatchery – displays pools of white sturgeon and trout. Seasonal appearances by the Spring Chinook salmon and summer steelhead are a great site for viewers. Enjoy the nine-hole miniature golf course that explains the life cycle of the salmon, a museum, a viewing area of game birds and a picnic area.
Under Cover Romps – take the fun inside and out of the chilly weather. The Roaring Rapids Pizza Company features the 1930s carousel for fun rides. While mom is shopping, enjoy the play areas at Valley River Center.