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Family Guide to a Stay at Home Summer

08/05/2020 04:06PM ● By Eugene Cascades Coast

The lazy days of summer just got lazier! Lane County residents have been staying close to home all spring and it looks like summer will be similar. Here are helpful tips to start planning the best "Stay at Home" summer ever! 

DRIVE-IN MOVIES

This nostalgic entertainment has been revived for our warm summer nights. Roll into the Lane Events Center to classics on the big screen from your car. Food trucks will offer food on location — order from your phone and they'll deliver to your car. Or, beforehand, pick up burgers, fries and shakes to go from Mandy's for that classic 50s dining experience.

U-PICK FARMS

Farms are open so stock up on all the peaches, blueberries, blackberries and strawberries you can eat and preserve. This family tradition will operate a bit differently this year, so call ahead to your favorite farm to reserve your time and find out how they are addressing the Governor's guidelines. But some things won't be different — sticky hands, the hot summer sun and the satisfaction of buckets of sweet, delicious goodness. 

RIVER RAFTING

Beat the heat with white water plunges through the McKenzie River rapids. River guides are offering modified tours of local rivers — you'll meet on-site, have private trips and probably bring your own snacks but you'll still be able to enjoy paddling the clear, cold Cascade waters. 

DUNE BUGGIES

Roar up and over the shifting, sandy mountains in the coastal dunes just outside Florence. Did you know that the largest coastal sand dunes can be accessed right from Florence? At Sandland Adventures they even have go-karts and mini-golf for a full-tilt family fun experience.

JET BOAT TOURS

Cruise the Willamette River, feel the wind in your hair and the sun on your skin. Soak up the scenic beauty, watch for birds and wildlife along the banks and learn about the Willamette River watershed. A relaxing and thrilling jet boat tour with your family will be one of this summer's treasured memories.

LONG BIKE RIDES

Pedal the Row River Trail on Oregon's official Scenic Covered Bridge Bikeway. Cycle the Fern Ridge path to wildlife preserves or cruise the Ruth Bascom Riverbank Path System between Eugene and Springfield. Mountain bikers can check out the Thurston Hills area in Springfield.

HORSEBACK RIDING

C&M Stables is offering trail rides! Saddle up and enjoy the coastal scenery by horseback. A variety of options exist for kids depending on ages from corral rides to the dunes trail. 

"STAYCATIONS" & "NEARCATIONS"

Stay in your own hometown but overnight at a hotel! Explore downtown, dine in or take out from local restaurants and take walking tours of the street art, historic buildings and landmarks. If you want to visit a nearby community, please be sensitive to the residents there. Minimize your impact with careful preparation and support their open businesses with respect and kindness.

Learn more at EugeneCascadesCoast.org