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Eugene Attractions

Known as a robust college town, Eugene is characterized by a familiar, local vibe and is replete with pedestrian-friendly paths, local art, and tasty craft beer. With the lush, mountainous beauty of western Oregon just outside the city, Eugene is a great destination for hikers, and outdoor enthusiasts. Take your time exploring the city's eclectic flavors, experiencing both the city and the nature of the Northwest in sprawling riverside parks and public space. And don’t forget your sneakers, this self-proclaimed "Running Capital of the World" is crisscrossed with countless paved and wood chip trails perfect for an active vacation.

Things to Do in Eugene with Kids

Eugene has plenty of nearby fun activities for you and the kids. Our family friendly experiences will keep the crew entertained for days.

Areas & Neighborhoods in Eugene

Eugene is full of unique neighborhoods and natural parks that weave together to give the city its diverse and friendly atmosphere. Head out on foot or grab a bike to discover Eugene like a local.

Downtown

Downtown is where Eugene's local arts and culture come to life. Vibrant Broadway Plaza, also known as Kelsey Square, hosts live events like the HiFi Street Performance Series and pARTy on the Plaza. Check out the buzzing Farmers Market, packed with local produce and artisan foods, or stop by Saturday Market to find handmade crafts and unique goods.

University of Oregon

Home of the Ducks, the University of Oregon is Eugene's biggest university. The enormous campus, nestled near the 100-year-old Hendricks Park and the South Willamette wine country, is a beautiful place to stroll and soak in the scenery. Take an art tour of the campus and see the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, or visit the university's Natural and Cultural History Museum and gaze into the heritage and geological past of the region.

Alton Baker Park

Eugene's largest developed park consists of West Alton Baker Park and the Whilamut Natural Area. Spanning a total of 413 acres (167 ha), Alton Baker Park is constantly thriving with races, events, and festivals. The sprawling green space is set along the Willamette River and features the long running path of Pre's Trail, the Cuthbert Amphitheatre, the Nobel Peace Laureate Project, and an 18-hole disc golf course.

What to See in Eugene

The natural beauty of western Oregon is apparent even in the city, as Eugene is abound with gorgeous parks and forested trails. Catch sight of Spencer Butte's rocky summit from downtown Eugene, or step out of the city to hike to its peak. Cyclists can relish views of Eugene and lush landscapes from the Ridgeline Trail, while runners can take in wetlands and wildlife along the Fern Ridge Path. Eugene has its share of live entertainment as well—Matthew Knight Arena plays host to headlining musicians, while the local Cottage Theatre puts on plays and musicals all year round. For even more culture, join one of the city's many regular art walks to tour Eugene's galleries and public art exhibits.

Sightseeing in Eugene

Eugene, also called TrackTown USA, is all about running and getting around on foot. The city has over 42 miles (68 km) of running paths for avid athletes and casual joggers alike, spanning flat straights and beautiful rolling hills. Enjoy a walk or run on trails like the wood chip-paved Adidas Oregon Trail or the concrete Ruth Bascom Riverbank Path System and immerse yourself in Eugene's natural splendor. After your run, take a break with one of the many small-batch craft beers the region is known for. The Eugene Ale Trail is a fun way to sample the city's best local breweries and get a feel for each neighborhood's vibe. Between sips, grab a bite at Eugene's foodie-friendly eateries, which range from food trucks to boutique restaurants that serve up unique culinary creations. If you're a Ducks fan, head to Autzen Stadium and catch a football game, or tour the University of Oregon campus, home to fascinating museums of art and history.

Free Things to Do in Eugene

Traveling on a lean budget in Eugene? Spend time instead of money on great experiences.

Springfield Museum - Brimming with displays and artifacts, this gallery is a wonderland for minds that thirst for knowledge.

Armitage Park - You can't go past this attraction if you want to live it up and simply have fun.

John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts - Architecture enthusiast or not, you're sure to be awed by this landmark's modernistic design.

Saturday Market - Stop here and discover the significance of this place to the locals.

Rexius Trail - Appreciate the stark difference between city life and nature's rugged beauty at this scenic location.

Alton Baker Park - Arrange a picnic date and enjoy a stroll around the gorgeous plant life.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Eugene

Downtown Eugene

Travelers come to Downtown Eugene for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Hult Center for Performing Arts and McDonald Theatre while you're in town.

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West Eugene

While visiting West Eugene, you might make a stop by sights like McDonald Theatre and Hult Center for Performing Arts.

Harlow

If you're spending some time in Harlow, Autzen Stadium and PK Park are top sights worth seeing.

Cal Young

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Cal Young and surrounding area, you can visit Hult Center for Performing Arts and Autzen Stadium.

Western

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Western and surrounding area, you can visit McDonald Theatre and Hult Center for Performing Arts.

Southeast Eugene

Southeast Eugene might not have many top sights, but Cascades Raptor Center and Hendricks Park are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I not miss in Eugene?

Don't venture home without crossing off the following superb sights:

  • University of Oregon
  • Matthew Knight Arena
  • Autzen Stadium
  • McArthur Court

What can you do in Eugene for free?

Your time away in Eugene needn't cost a bundle with free attractions like these to keep you on the go:

  • University of Oregon
  • The Shoppes at Gateway
  • Alton Baker Park
  • Oakway Center