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| 10/09/2019 | Indoor Recreation, Winter

9 Great Indoor Family Activities In Mt. Hood Territory

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Please note: Some businesses may have altered hours or services due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please check ahead to ensure you're able to get the most out of your trip. The End Of The Oregon Trail Interpretive Center is currently closed do to the pandemic. The Kitchen at Middleground Farms has paused their hands-on cooking classes due to the pandemic, but have other services instead. They are available for private gatherings, onsite meetings and are holding Dinners in the Garden and Demo classes. 

Winter brings rain to the valley and snow to the mountain. But when you're ready to get out of the elements, Mt. Hood Territory offers some incredible places to explore indoors. 

North American Bigfoot Center

Opened in August 2019, the North American Bigfoot Center has been continually expanding as it also serves as the hub for all things about the elusive creature known as Bigfoot. According to legend, this creature has roamed the forests of Mt. Hood and North America for hundreds of years. The center features exhibits on lore, culture, research and artifacts, making it a must visit for believers and skeptics alike. Fans of the TV show "Finding Bigfoot" will recognize museum found and owner Cliff Barackman who can often be found showing people around. Other Bigfoot celebs have been known to make appearances at the museum as well. 

Mt. Hood Express to Timberline Lodge

If you are concerned about driving in the snow but don't want to miss out on all the Mt. Hood fun, you're in luck. You can ride the Mt. Hood Express from Sandy to Timberline, with stops at Skibowl and Government Camp and take a tour of Timberline Lodge without ever getting behind the wheel. Buses operate seven times a day, seven days a week, with an additional late night bus December 1 through March 31.

End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive & Visitor Information Center

The End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center is an interactive museum that highlights the stories of pioneer’s journals. The museum features the original film “Bound for Oregon,” interactive exhibits like candle dipping, rag doll making and packing a wagon.

North Clackamas Aquatic Park

Swimming might not seem like a winter activity, but at the North Clackamas Aquatic Park, it’s the perfect way to make a splash! With the largest wave pool in Oregon, a toddler splash area, waterslides and a 29-foot rock climbing wall, your family is sure to have hours of fun.

Mt. Hood Cultural Center & Museum

If you've had a life long love affair with Mt. Hood or recently came to appreciate the beauty, you'll be amazed by all the fascinating history. Visit the Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum while in Government Camp to witness the exhibits that showcase historic skiing and snow sports.

Bullwinkle’s Entertainment

Newly remodeled in summer 2019, Bullwinkle’s Entertainment features more than 10 attractions including go-karts, laser tag, miniature golf and bowling. It also includes a restaurant and bar. One of the newest attractions is the XD Dark Ride. This interactive experience that's part movie and part video game pitting riders against each other as they attempt to blast enemies on the screen. The Soaring Eagle Zipline is another fun ride, where you'll tower above the treetops on a thrilling ride over the park. 

Wippersnappers

Just because you’re on the mountain doesn’t mean you have to be out in the elements. At Wippersnappers, kids can explore three levels of play areas including tunnel slides, a trampoline room and web crawls. There's also a kid-sized indoor climbing wall and plasma cars. It's not just for the kids though, as adults can enjoy multiple TVs, a café and beer and wine selections while their kids play. Pro tip: The pizza will be loved by all; their pies are legit! 

Kitchen at Middleground Farms

Enjoy recreational cooking classes that explore fundamental skills in the kitchen and garden. The Kitchen at Middleground Farms offer a variety of classes that take advantage of local, seasonal ingredients from its farm and surrounding friend farms. And of course, after cooking your meal, enjoy it!

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