Boasting year-round festivals that follow the seasons, beautiful natural scenery that supports a plethora of outdoor activities, and a vibrant arts scene that sets the tone for the town’s youthful ambiance, Ashland, Oregon, is fun family destination. Tucked away at the south end of the Rogue Valley, the city has a wealth of things to see and do, both indoors and out. Outdoor adventures include white-water rafting, fishing, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking and trail running.
Beautiful parks offer a wonderful diversity of fauna and flora: Lithia Park covers 93 acres in downtown Ashland and is home to manicured gardens, walking paths, duck ponds, and children’s playgrounds. Garfield Park offers wide, open spaces, a water-play area and playground. Hunter Park has a community swimming pool, softball/baseball fields and tennis courts. North Mountain Park has a Nature Center, which offers environmental workshops, classes and children’s programs and has access to Bear Creek (website).
Where to Stay: Stratford Inn, located within easy walking distance of the downtown attractions, has an indoor pool and suites with kitchenettes.
Don’t Miss: ScienceWorks Hands on Museum is fun for kids and grown-ups alike, offering interactive learning, a garden and live science shows. Photo: Graham Lewis, Ashland CVB
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