The city of Redmond, Oregon is an ideal home base for anyone wanting to explore the region of Central Oregon and everything it offers. Providing a “slice of Americana,” the city is home to festivals, fairs, music events, and more throughout the year.

There are also several places to go for outdoor recreation and to explore the “Great Outdoors,” including Smith Rock State Park, the birthplace of Sport Climbing in the United States. Redmond also has no shortage of places to try a craft beverage with its many breweries and distillery.

1. Smith Rock State Park

Smith Rock State Park
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Recognized as one of the “Seven Wonders of Oregon,” Smith Rock State Park is one of the most iconic destinations for rock climbing in the United States and is located only around fifteen minutes outside of downtown Redmond, Oregon. With over two thousand routes for climbers to choose from, the state park offers climbing opportunities for people of all skill levels. In addition to bouldering, traditional climbing, and sport climbing, Smith Rock State Park also offers opportunities for mountain biking, hiking, and wildlife viewing, with possible wildlife to be spotted including river otters, prairie falcons, and golden eagles.

Terrebonne, OR 97760, Phone: 800-551-6949

2. Cline Falls State Park

Cline Falls State Park
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Cline Falls State Park, situated along the banks of Oregon’s Deschutes River, offers a relaxing and peaceful place for visitors and locals alike in the Redmond area to enjoy the sunshine and have a picnic, or maybe do some fishing in the river. Cline Falls State Park is a scenic day-use park and is open year-round to visitors. The park consists of viewpoint areas along the riverbanks, a swimming hole, and an excellent area for picnicking with grills, tables, horseshoe pits, and a fish cleaning station. There are short stretches of the river that are swift enough for inner tubing as well.

7100 OR-126, Redmond, OR 97756, Phone: 800-551-6949

3. Redmond Caves Recreation Area

Redmond Caves Recreation Area
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The Redmond Caves Recreation Area is a great place to go in Central Oregon for anyone needing an “outdoor fix.” The recreation area is home to a series of five caves that were created by the Newberry Caldera’s volcanic molten lava flows. Visitors can explore the underground and follow the footsteps of the region’s Native Americans who used the Redmond Caves over the past six thousand years. Situated within the city limits of Redmond, the caves also provide a fun way to learn about the area’s past human use, wildlife, and geology. The Redmond Caves Recreation Area is open year-round.

SE Airport Way, Redmond, OR 97756, Phone: 541-416-6700

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4. Things to Do in Redmond, Oregon: Petersen Rock Garden and Museum

Things to Do in Redmond, Oregon: Petersen Rock Garden and Museum
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The Petersen Rock Garden and Museum was started back in 1935 by Rasmus Petersen, a Danish immigrant, as a pet project. Petersen began creating bridges, towers, fountains, castles with moats, and miniature replicas of some famous buildings throughout his property, all made from pieces of glass, shells, rocks, and other objects he found. Gravel walkways wind their way through the garden, guiding visitors through Petersen’s imagination through rocks. In addition to the garden, the Petersen Rock Garden and Museum property also features a small rock museum that displaces fossils, agates, and rare geodes among other items and a gift shop. More Oregon Weekend Getaways

7930 SW 77th St, Redmond, OR 97756, Phone: 541-300-5699

5. The Vault Taphouse - Kobold Brewing

The Vault Taphouse - Kobold Brewing
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The Vault Taphouse of Kobold Brewing is a family-friendly brewery taphouse located in downtown Redmond, Oregon. Home of the city’s Kobold Brewing company, the Taphouse is the only place to taste the complete lineup of the brewery’s beers. Visitors can catch a game of Taphouse Trivia or Brewery Bingo on certain nights, or simply drink a pint or two on the outdoor patio, by the fire table or outdoor fireball, or indoors.

245 SW 6th St, Redmond, OR 97756, Phone: 541-504-9373

6. Gompers Distillery

Gompers Distillery
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A visit to the Gompers Distillery is a visit back to the era of the 1920’s at this Prohibition-themed “speakeasy” in Redmond, Oregon. The distillery is also the first in the state to produce gin in handcrafted small batches using local ingredients. At the family-owned and operated Gompers Distillery Speakeasy and Tasting Room, visitors will find award-winning spirits infused with hand-picked lavender, regionally sourced golden pear, Oregon juniper berries, and more. The distillery also offers merchandise, craft cocktails, tasting flights, and tours of the Gompers Distillery.

611 NE Jackpine Ct, Redmond, OR 97756, Phone: 541-588-2825

7. Wild Ride Brew

Wild Ride Brew
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The Wild Ride Brew Company welcomes visitors to stop by its family-friendly Tap Room to enjoy a variety of award-winning brews just a few feet from the brewery, as well as on the spacious outdoor patio. Situated in the heart of Redmond’s downtown district, this craft brewery started production in 2014 and has a standard beer lineup of at least a dozen beers. With both outdoor and indoor seating, there’s often food trucks on-site as well.

332 SW 5th St, Redmond, OR 97756, Phone: 541-516-8544

8. Initiative Brewing

Initiative Brewing
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Initiative Brewing is a place where locals and tourists alike can relax in the laidback brewpub and have a pint or two of world class beer, as well as a bite from an innovative food menu. With around twenty years of homebrewing experience and more than ten years of professional experience, Initiative Brewing produces a unique menu that showcases the brewery’s love for Central Oregon. Visitors can choose to enjoy their brews and food indoors or soak in the sunshine and views of Central Oregon from the family-friendly brewpub’s outdoor patio, where dogs are allowed as well.

424 NW 5th St, Redmond, OR 97756, Phone: 541-527-4380

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9. Cibelli's New York Pizza

Cibelli's New York Pizza
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Cibelli’s Pizza was started by Frank Cibelli, a man who grew up in New York and City and enjoyed nothing more than a good slice of pizza. After Frank moved to Oregon, however, he realized the options for a “fine slice of pizza” were rather limited. This is what led him to open up his own pizzeria to provide the people of Oregon with the best pizza in the area, a restaurant that celebrates the art of pizza dough, including tossing and spinning it. Cibelli’s Pizza has expanded over the years to include locations in Redmond, Corvallis, and Bend.

885 SW Rimrock Way, Redmond, OR 97756, Phone: 541-923-7388

10. Juniper Golf Course

Juniper Golf Course
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Book a tee time and play to your heart’s content at the Juniper Golf Course. Publicly owned, the Juniper Golf Course promises great golfing and social activities, attentive service, and great amenities. It is one of just six public courses in the Central Oregon area and features an 18-hole course with tree-lined fairways and a porcupine rough, part of which was designed by Tim Berg, a Sunriver pro. With many awards and accolades under its belt, the Juniper Golf Course is a fantastic option for recreational golfers in the area. When done with a day out on the green, golfers can head to the View Tap and Grill to dine on great food while enjoying a view of Oregon’s mountains.

1938 SW Elkhorn Avenue, Redmond, Oregon 97756, Phone: 541-548-3121

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