What to do, Where to go on your Family Vacation:
Best Summer Adventures For Families is in Bend
Escape and reconnect this summer with your family in beautiful Bend, Oregon. Family adventures last only a short time. Don’t miss those early years that make for the most exciting and beautiful family memories. We’ll help you plan your family adventures with age-appropriate activities for the kids, a little luxury for the adults, and a whole lot of family fun for everyone. With the new Huntington Lodge as well as roomy vacation rentals, pools, tennis, bikes, three restaurants, golf, kids activities, and close proximity to Bend, Pronghorn Resort is the perfect basecamp for your summer family adventures.
Book your family’s summer vacation at Pronghorn Resort! We will help you plan the most memorable and age-appropriate family adventures Bend has to offer.
watch a movie under the stars.
Grab a cozy blanket and join us on the Event Lawn for Summer Movie Nights at Pronghorn Resort. Because nothing says quality family time more than an outdoor movie under the Central Oregon night sky. Enjoy a family-friendly movie while snacking on popcorn and other treats, then head to a fire pit for marshmallow roasting and s’mores building. While you’re here, enjoy the incredible late-night stargazing opportunities away from the bright city lights. The kids will remember these magical summer evenings for years to come!
bike ride your way through your family vacation.
Pronghorn Resort is the best bike hotel. We have bikes and scooters for every age and stage, plus safe, low-traffic roads and paved pathways. Perfect for expert bikers or little tikes just learning to pedal, Pronghorn Resort is the best place to take a summer cruise. Because exploring our high desert oasis is just more fun when you’re on two wheels! Bring a set of binoculars and a few snacks. Keep your eyes peeled for owls, eagles, trumpeter swans and many high desert species of plants and animals. Learn about the Huntington Wagon Road along the way, the historical namesake of the Huntington Lodge, and a relic of the Oregon Trail days this part of the country is so well known for. If you have an adventurous family looking for a rougher ride, grab a mountain bike and ride the BLM land that surrounds the resort.
canoe a crystal clear mountain lake.
A lazy summer paddle in a canoe is a fun way to spend a family day in Central Oregon. The kids are only small enough to fit in one boat for a short time. Soon they’ll be in their own watercraft speeding ahead of you. Take advantage of this time and rent a canoe for a self-guided adventure, or take a canoe tour with Wanderlust Tours. Either way, your time on one of our beautiful Cascade Lakes will make memories to last a lifetime. As you slip through the crystal clear waters and gaze at snow-capped mountains, you’ll wish for these days to last forever.
take a leisurely hike to a waterfall.
One of our favorite excursions for any guest is a scenic hike to Tumalo Falls. This towering iconic waterfall is a must-see on any visit to Central Oregon. For families that enjoy hiking, you can take the 3-mile trail along Tumalo Creek to get to the falls. The meandering water leaves many opportunities for water and snack breaks, but be prepared for a long activity. If you are short on time or have family members unable to make a longer distance, you can drive to the falls parking lot in the summer for closer access to the falls. Either way, put Tumalo Falls on your family bucket list and be sure to be camera-ready!
ride a surrey through the Old Mill District.
Hop on a four- to six-seat surrey to move a giggling family through the Old Mill District. Rent a surrey from Wheel Fun Rentals and pedal your way along the Deschutes River Trail through the Old Mill District. You’ll pass paddle boarders and shoppers along the way. Stop for lunch at one of the many restaurants in the Old Mill District, or make it a pre-concert activity before heading to Les Schwab Amphitheater for live music.
take to the skies on a magical helicopter ride!
If you’re looking for that one epic adventure the family will never forget, this is it. Think Central Oregon is beautiful from the ground? Imagine it from high up in the sky! Fly above and around towering Cascade Mountain peaks in your own private helicopter ride. Your pilot will teach you about the geology of the region, which includes exciting notions like volcanoes, lava and magma flows that seem to go on for miles. A ride by world-renowned climbing destination Smith Rock is also incredible! If you’re a family of golfers, take to the skies high above our golf course and get a birds eye view of your favorite tracks. No matter where you fly, this is one awe-inspiring and educational ride from our friends at Big Mountain Heli Tours!
play a round of no-pressure, all-fun golf
Some parents save golf for themselves. This summer, why not let your little ones join you for a round or two? It’s a great way to bond, have fun, and get them interested in the game at a young age. If you’d like the kids to learn some skills before teeing off, schedule a private lesson with one of our instructors. You never know where a love for the game of golf will take them in life, and imagine the photo opportunities. You can also try a family game of foot golf for a faster-paced friendly competition. Foot golf is a great way to run energy out of the kids before bed! After a day of golf, the whole family will need a treat. Head to the Trailhead Grill after your round for house-made Italian Sodas and some pool or hot tub time.
memories of your family vacation
when you book a family stay at pronghorn resort, you’ll make memories that will last a lifetime.
Do something different this year, and let us help you plan the most adventurous family vacation yet!
We’ll be sure to plan in some down time for the parents, too. Naps in a poolside cabana, cocktail tastings and indulgent spa treatments are just a few of the relaxing opportunities!