71 Fun Things To Do In Salem

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Salem is loaded with history and culture and offers plenty of interesting activities to do if you’re in town. From the Rose Gardens to the Bush House Museum, you’ll find plenty of things to marvel at, places to eat, and spots to relax. Check out more top selections in the state of Oregon, as well!

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Bush's Pasture Park

Walk through the rose garden or down the derby track at Bush’s Pasture Park

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Salem's Riverfront Carousel

Hear the laughter and squeals of delight while at Salem’s Riverfront Carousel

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Enchanted Forest Theme Park

Visit a world of enchantment with Storybook Lane, the Western Town, the English Village, Rides and much more at Enchanted Forest Theme Park

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Balloon Flying Service of Oregon

Feel like a bird soaring over the city of Salem with Balloon Flying Service of Oregon

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Schreiner's Iris Gardens

Stroll through a 10-acre display at Schreiner’s Iris Gardens to enjoy the colors of flowers

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Santiam Brewing Co

Chill out in the tap room and sample the fifteen Santiam Brewing craft beers on tap

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EscapeTech

Test your wits and see if you can outfox the game at EscapeTech

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Keizer Rotary Amphitheater

Watch a show in an amazing setting nestled into the hillside at Keizer Rotary Amphitheater

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Oregon State Capitol

Get a brochure to go on your own self-guided walking tour of Oregon State Capitol

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The Reed Opera House Mall

Shop, dine or see a movie at historic Reed Opera House Mall

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Salem Scuba & Travel

Make your dive experience memorable with Salem Scuba & Travel

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Bethel Heights Vineyard

Tantalize your taste buds on a gourmet tasting tour of Bethel Heights Vineyard

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Minto-Brown Island Park

Jog or Bike the 8.9 miles of trails at Minto-Brown Island Park

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Erratic Rock State Natural Site

Hike up to the top of the hill to see Erratic Rock State Natural Site

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Waverly Park

Have some fun on paddle boat rentals at nearby Waverly Lake at Waverly Park

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Hallie Ford Museum of Art

Check out outstanding collection of Native American baskets at Hallie Ford Museum of Art

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Riverfront Park

Take a long hike through the large grassy areas of 23-acre Riverfront Park

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Town and Country Bowling Lanes

Knock down the pins at Town and Country Bowling Lanes

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Willamette Queen Sternwheeler

Step back in time and enjoy the unchanged natural beauty of the Willamette River aboard the authentic Willamette Queen Sternwheeler

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Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum

Let your imagination soar at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum

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Super Bounce

Take your kids for hours of jumping, sliding and climbing fun at Super Bounce

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Talking Water Gardens

Gaze in wonder at the beautiful man-made waterfalls at Talking Water Gardens

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Mac Stage

Get on the dance floor at Mac Stage

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Sailaway Balloon Rides

Get ready to party on the clouds with Sailaway Balloon Rides

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Salem Public Library

Attend the story time every Tuesday night at Salem Public Library

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G2 Fun Zone

Go for a mini golf session at G2 Fun Zone

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Wings & Waves Waterpark

Slide out of a real Boeing 747 aircraft sitting on the roof, and enjoy a day of fun at Wings & Waves Waterpark

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Volcanoes Stadium

Watch a Minor League baseball game at Volcanoes Stadium

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Gilbert House Children's Museum

Spark your children’s natural curiosity at Gilbert House Children’s Museum

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Young at Art

Give your creativity a thorough workout at Young at Art

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Bush Barn Art Center

Check out the inspiring art collection at Bush Barn Art Center

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HydroSports Dive and Travel

Be Adventurous. Be Amazed. Be A Diver at HydroSports Dive and Travel!

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Willamette Mission State Park

Sit back along the beautiful river at Willamette Mission State Park

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Lakeshore Lanes

Bowl with the lights down, great music turned up, and awesome special effects lighting at Lakeshore Lanes

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Red Tail Soaring

Soar the Willamette Valley with Red Tail Soaring, and Enjoy beautiful farmland, Oregon’s rich wine country, and gorgeous views of the Cascade Range

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Red Raven Gallery

Appreciate the soulful art displayed at Red Raven Gallery

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Siuslaw National Forest

Explore a stunning choice of things to do and see at Siuslaw National Forest

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Ale Ways Brewery Tours

Explore, taste, and tour behind the scenes at the finest breweries around Salem with Ale Ways Brewery Tours

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EZ Orchards Fruit Market

Stroll around EZ Orchards Fruit Market to get the best deals on fresh produce, berries and much more!

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Bush House Museum

See how life was lived in the 1800s at Bush House Museum

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Naked Winery

Shut off the technology and connect with your spouse by sharing a glass of wine at Naked Winery

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Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch

Enter into the ranch store at Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch for a quick pick up gift that is made from alpaca fiber, for yourself or someone special!

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Embrace Oregon Tours

Visit wineries, breweries, historic places, waterfalls, lighthouses and much more on a guided tour with Embrace Oregon Tours

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Bowman Park

Sit back and watch the beautiful sunset sight at Bowman Park

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Monteith RiverPark

Enjoy a lively concert on Monday and Thursday nights in the Summer months at Monteith RiverPark

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Ankeny Vineyard

Get enhanced by fine wines in a relaxed atmosphere at Ankeny Vineyard

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Willamette Heritage Center

Attend the Christmas Lights Event “Magic at the Mill”” at Willamette Heritage Center

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Konect Aviation

Marvel at the beauty of Oregon from the Sky with Konect Aviation

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Osborn Aquatic Center

Shoot some hoops in the pool at Osborn Aquatic Center

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Cascadia Expeditions

See The Willamette Valley From The Water with Cascadia Expeditions

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Segway of Corvallis

Ride the futuristic broom stick at Segway of Corvallis

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2 Sparky's Taphouse

Enjoy a full selection of Oregon beers and some of the best off the hook pub food at 2 Sparky’s Taphouse

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Deepwood Museum and Gardens

Beat the summer heat in the cool, shaded garden of Deepwood Museum and Gardens

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Clubhouse Adventures

Let the little ones climb, run and play games at Clubhouse Adventures

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Lancaster Mall

Choose from the great options in the food court at Lancaster Mall

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Willamette University

Take a stroll around Willamette University

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Stonefront Tavern

Go for some late night food & drinks at Stonefront Tavern

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Vista Balloon Adventures

Fly in the sky in the beautiful winemaking region of the Willamette Valle with Vista Balloon Adventures

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Salem Saturday Market

Participate in fun weekly activities ranging from cooking demos to scavenger hunts at Salem Saturday Market

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Childers' Raspberry Farm

Pick your own berries at Childers’ Raspberry Farm

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Spirit Expeditions Tours

Go on a spooky walking tour of the Downtown Salem area with Spirit Expeditions Tours

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Takena Landing Park

Take a walk or ride through the woods along the river at Takena Landing Park

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Insiders Wine Tour

Experience a guided tour of Breweries and Wineries in the picturesque setting of Willamette Valley with Insiders Wine Tour

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Wheels N Time

Get a personalized ride to do Oregon Wine Tasting, World Class Dining, and more with Wheels N Time

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F/Stop Fitzgerald's Public House

Stop off for a drink in a relaxing environment at F/Stop Fitzgerald’s Public House

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Keizer Heritage Foundation

See a lot of artifacts and photographs in the small museum of Keizer Heritage Foundation

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Red Hills Lake

Enjoy a catch & release fly fishing experience at Red Hills Lake

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The Annual Balloon Festival

Attend The Annual Balloon Festival this August at Timber Linn Park

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Hoffman Bridge

Explore the 1936 built Hoffman Bridge

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Dayton Courthouse Square Park

Plan a picnic in one of the Picnic Shelters at Dayton Courthouse Square Park

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Honest Chocolates

Leave your diet at home and taste the delicious yummy chocolates at Honest Chocolates

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Keizer Rapids Park

Walk to the water and walk down the shore to find a nice private spot to chill at Keizer Rapids Park

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Honeywood Winery

Enjoy sampling a wide variety of tantalizing fruit wines at Honeywood Winery

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Adelman Peony Gardens

Make both memories and excitement among over 20 acres of peonies at Adelman Peony Gardens

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Runaway Art & Craft Studio

Get creative at Runaway Art & Craft Studio

There’s plenty to do in Salem. Although the city isn’t as large as others (actually third largest behind Portland and Eugene), there’s still plenty of activities for both residents and visitors to check off the list. We’ve tried to knock out as many as possible here, but it’s possible we missed some. Make sure to contact Fun Things To Do if you see any additions or feedback that you’d like to include!