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    Enjoy a riverboat cruise
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 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 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 twenty-six 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

Enjoy some family fun sightseeing on river cruises along the Columbia River Gorge on Portland Spirit or the Sternwheeler

Portland Spirit / Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler


Portland Spirit offers sightseeing and dining cruises throughout Portland and the Columbia Gorge. Choose from brunch, dinner, or sightseeing on an authentic sternwheeler replica in Cascade Locks, Oregon. Cruise the Seven wonders of the Gorge on the Crystal Dolphin yacht out of Washougal, Washington. If you are up for a little adventure, join the Explorer jet-boat and search for Bigfoot through the Columbia Gorge, departing from Downtown Portland. Cruise options from one to seven hours.

503-224-3900     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