Summer Things to Do in Bend Oregon

The best way to spend your summer vacation in Bend, Oregon.

Summer is the season that makes Bend, Oregon such a special place. The weather is amazing warm and sunny during the day and cooler at night, making it the perfect Northwest recreation playground. Here's a just a snapshot of some of Bend, Oregon's things to do in the summer when staying at Riverhouse on the Deschutes.

Float the River

Relax on any inflatable device in the water by floating down the Deschutes River from the Old Mill District to Drake Park. It is a must do on your list of all things Bend. Rental equipment is available from Sun Country Tours at Riverbend Park including tubes and life vests. Join the crowd and float down then ride the river shuttle back to Riverbend Bend Park.

Raft the Deschutes

Grab your family and book a Big Eddy Rafting trip with Sun Country Tours. You'll get wet and enjoy the views of the Deschutes River with a professional river guide. Read about the Big Eddy trip and other tours Sun Country offers in the Central Oregon Area. Read more

SUP the Deschutes River or up at the many Cascade Lakes

Did you know that Central Oregon was named the best stand up paddleboard (SUP) getaway in the country? Experience what all the hype is about for yourself. Rent boards during your stay and explore the waterways while working your core. Read more about the local hot spots for SUP here.


Mountain Biking

There are plenty of trails to ride, located just minutes away in Bend. Phil's trail complex is located on Skyliner road or several trails leaving from Wanoga Sno-park as well as the river trail. (NW Forest pass is required at most trail head parking lots)

Cascade Welcome Center - Explore the Forest

Located on Cascade Lakes Highway is staffed by the Forest rangers. It's a great place to get directions and maps, hiking and biking trails to explore the area and purchase NW Forest day passes. There are many trail heads from the parking lot to start your adventure of the mountains, lakes and wildlife. NW Forest pass is required at most trailhead parking lots.

Drinks on the deck at CURRENTS

After a day of outdoor adventure in Bend, why not enjoy another Deschutes River view at CURRENTS? Check out the menu and drink specials here.


When staying at our hotel in Bend, Oregon, make sure you take advantage of the close by golf course. Make a tee time at River's Edge Golf Course. Enjoy amazing views of the Deschutes River and Mt. Jefferson while playing 18 holes on the golf course that was voted Bend's favorite golf course and received 4.5 stars by Golf Digest

Explore with Wanderlust Tours

Wanderlust Tours offers many ways to experience the beauty of Central Oregon. Canoe the Cascade Lakes, hop on the Brew Bus and explore Bend's breweries or head underground on a cave tour.

Summer at Mt. Bachelor

Mt. Bachelor isn't just a winter paradise; it's also a great place to visit in the summer. Make a reservation to enjoy sunset dinners on Friday and Saturday evenings. Try out the downhill mountain bike park, Frisbee golf course or take a scenic chairlift ride to have lunch with breath taking views.  Be sure to bring your camera!

Concerts at Les Schwab Amphitheater

Catch a show with a view at the premier outdoor concert venue in Central Oregon. See the upcoming lineup for this summer here

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