There’s an abundance of family fun in the Columbia River Gorge, with several activities and attractions that everyone will enjoy. Kids will love the excellent displays at local museums as they learn about the history and events that took place many years ago. The whole family can enjoy a riverboat cruise aboard an authentic triple-deck old fashioned paddle wheeler. If you’ve never seen a sturgeon before or a live fish that weighs 500 pounds, be sure to take the family to Bonneville Dam and see one of the earth’s oldest creatures to swim in the Pacific Northwest. Farm fun and educational tours include a visit to an alpaca ranch to learn about their history, where they come from, what they eat and why they spit. There’s so much family fun for all ages!


1    Visit Herman the Sturgeon at Bonneville Dam
2    Explore history and hands on fun at the different museums
3    Discover the many ice cream shoppes in the Gorge
4    Venture along the Fruit Loop and visit U-pick farms
5    Attend fun waterfront concerts and local county fairs
6    Play in the snow! Go tubing, sledding and skiing
7    Ride your bike on the scenic, car-free trails
8    Learn to stand up paddle or windsurf at kids camps
9    Tour the Gorge to find the numerous family friendly hiking trails
10  Take the family on a safe whitewater guided rafting trip
11  Discover all the waterfront parks, beaches and playgrounds
12  Check out the adventure parks at Mt. Hood and Skamania Lodge

A close up of a handsome alpaca at Cedar Creek Alpacas in Cook, Washington

Cedar Creek Alpacas


Cedar Creek Alpacas is a small farm located in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge. We feature free educational farm tours including fiber arts demonstrations in our boutique. Bring your camera for close up photos of the adorable alpacas. Check out the quality handmade products from our own farm. Open Wednesday–Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm, April–December.

182 McNichols Road, Cook, WA     541-604-5765     visit website

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, official interpretive center for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Wasco County Historical Museum


Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum is the official interpretive center for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, which includes one of America’s longest continuously-occupied areas and the Lewis and Clark and Oregon Trails. Seven raptors live at the museum; a red-tailed hawk, an American kestrel, a northern pygmy owl, two great horned owls, and two bald eagles. All summer, daily live raptor programs take place at 11 am and 2 pm.

5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, OR     541-296-8600     visit website

Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum in Stevenson, Washington, focuses on natural and cultural history of the region

Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum


Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum focuses on the natural and cultural history of the region. Along with an award-winning geology film and tasteful displays of the cultures of the Gorge. The museum is located in the wonderful little town of Stevenson, Washington — in the heart of the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. The museum is a perfect place to host a wedding, business event or just enjoy a family outing.

990 SW Rock Creek Drive, Stevenson, WA     509-427-8211     visit website

The Dalles is the eastern gateway to the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area and is sunsational

Explore The Dalles


This is where discovery meets history at the edge of the Columbia River. Just 90 miles east of Portland, The Dalles is a year-round escape with 300 days of sunshine throughout the year. This is the place where fishermen catch 12-foot-long river monsters, where bikers race to the peaks of Mount Hood, and where people of all ages can experience the art, culture, and history of The Dalles.

404 W 2nd Street, The Dalles, OR     541-296-2231     visit website

The Fruit Loop in the Hood River Valley is a fun scenic drive and opportunity to stop at farms and fruit stands along the way

Fruit Loop


Visit all 27 of our member farm stands. Enjoy their seasonal bounty of award-winning wines, cider, fruit, vegetables, flowers, delicious food, and artisan gifts. Experience spectacular scenery and breathtaking views of majestic Mt. Hood! Pick up a map along the way, or visit our website.

541-490-7713     visit website

Goldendale Observatory in Goldendale, Washington

Goldendale Observatory


Just minutes from Hwy 14 at Maryhill, Goldendale Observatory State Park is home to one of the nation’s largest publicly accessible telescopes. The newly-renovated observatory is known for science programs and vivid starry skies. During daylight hours, enjoy a solar presentation and a look through the telescope at our closest star. Evening visitors can explore stars, planets, and all the deep sky has to offer. Free entry with a Washington State Parks Discover Pass, which is required to park on-site and available for purchase at the facility. Visit the website for a schedule.

1602 Observatory Drive, Goldendale, WA     509-773-3141     visit website

Skamania Lodge Adventures invites you for some family fun zip lining, testing your skills at the aerial park or axe throwing

Skamania Lodge Adventures


Let our amazing guides lead you through our top rated zip line course high in the Doug Firs or test your skills on a self-guided experience at our aerial park. Try your hand at axe throwing! Whether you are day tripping or booking a stay at the breathtaking Skamania Lodge, we have an activity for your entire group. Open year-round.

1131 Skamania Lodge Way, Stevenson, WA     509.427.0202     visit website