Don’t know about you, but we’re pretty happy Spring is here! It could not have gotten here soon enough and you’re probably eager to get away and take a break. Â If travel is not in your budget this spring, fret not. Here are seven “must-do” local activities this spring. Consider this your Spring in Eugene “bucket” list!
âœ“ Pack a picnic lunch and spend the afternoon strolling throughÂ Hendrickâ€™s Park
With 80 acres of stunning gardens and incredible views, Hendricks Park is a must for any nature lover. Itâ€™s the oldest park in Eugene and itâ€™s never quite as noticeable (or incredible) as when youâ€™re walking beneath the branches of 200-year old fir trees.
âœ“ Take a quick roadtrip to Florence, Oregon
Florence may be a bit of a drive at 60 miles west of Eugene, but it’s absolutely worth it for theÂ stunning beach! Grab some friends and enjoy surfing, biking, fishing, dune buggy riding, and kayaking. When you’re done, why not spend some time and explore Florence’s unique charms?
âœ“ Spend some time people watching atÂ Amazon Park
With so much to do in this 99-acre park, there is ample opportunity for people watching as you unwind, relax and take in the scene. Thereâ€™s tennis courts, soccer fields, a skate-park, baseball diamonds, ball fields, a community garden, concerts, picnic tables, recreation centers, bike paths, a dog park, and exercise stations. It also contains Eugeneâ€™s only outdoor pool in its recreation facilities.
âœ“ Embracing your wild side at theÂ Cascades Raptor Center
No, not those kind of raptors… though that would be cool.
The Cascades Raptor Center houses one of the Pacific Northwestâ€™s largest collections of birds of prey (over 50 species)! Eagles, Hawks, and Owls are just someÂ of the usual suspects youâ€™ll find in the centerâ€™s aviaries.
Tending to these beautiful creatures is a lot of work, so if youâ€™re an animal lover looking for a way to become involved and make a difference why not volunteer and lend a hand?
âœ“ Enjoy a concert at WOW Hall
With shows ongoing throughout the year, there is no doubt you’ll find something to rock outÂ to at WOW hall! Be sure to check out their Events Calendar!
âœ“ Hike up and enjoying the view atÂ Spencer Butte
Spencerâ€™s Butte is a favorite destination for students, couples, even families to recharge and reconnect with nature.Â Youâ€™llÂ be hard pressed to find a better spot to spend a day. You can typically expect to spend anywhere from 1-6 hours to reach Spencer Butteâ€™s summit depending on which trail and pace you wish to take.
The Main Trail is a 700 foot climb over 1.08 miles, whereas the West Route is a 700 foot climb over 0.6 miles. How you decide to head up is up to you. Mountain bikes are not permitted but dogs are so bring your furry buddy with you just as long as you keep them on a leash.
âœ“ Find your moment of zen at Cougar Hot Springs
Located 50 miles east of Eugene is Cougar Hot Springs, a local favorite to get in some relaxation in the water. Take a dip in one five pools in springs that range from 85Â°Â to 112Â°! For just $6 you can enjoy an entire day! Heads up- swimsuits are optional.
Of course, there’s always the local staples of museums, movie theaters, cafes, parks, great shopping, and restaurants to enjoy. Â So get out there and enjoy our city!