What About Salem, Oregon?
Salem, Oregon... so much to see and do in Salem that
you will never be without choices for great activities,
entertainment or recreation!
SALEM OREGON AS A COMMUNITY
The City of Salem website offers a lot of
information. Here in Salem you can visit world-famous iris
and tulip farms, walk through acres and acres of lush public
parks and gardens, and tour award-winning wineries. Discover
the Willamette River from the deck of the vintage Willamette
Queen sternwheeler. Drive the surrounding countryside to
explore the area's covered bridges and river ferries,
historic churches and farms, and the agricultural magnitude
of the valley. Experience community theatre in a rustic
setting, see world-class entertainment on a gothic stage, or
listen to classic Bluegrass along the banks of the
Willamette River . . . Salem, Oregon has it all!
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES IN AND AROUND SALEM OREGON
For outdoor enthusiasts, Salem has everything from golfing to cycling; fishing to boating, as well as an abundance of wildlife viewing. With mountains all around and the ocean only an hour away, snow skiing, hiking, scuba diving, surfing, beach combing and much more can all be done in a day!
THE OREGON GARDEN
The Oregon Garden, a 24-acre world-class display garden east of Salem in the Silverton foothills recently opened to the public and plans to eventually showcase regional ornamental and agricultural landscape. Garden workshops and educational events are ongoing, and features a children's garden, as well. The facility also hosts outdoor concerts and private weddings/receptions in the pavilion area and expects to draw over a million visitors per year.
SALEM OREGON FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Local fairs, regular Saturday markets, plus other festivals and events include Salem Saturday Market, the World Beat Festival, Keizer's Iris Festival, the Bite of Salem, Summer in the City, Polk Home and Garden Show, the Marion County Fair and the Oregon State Fair. Long-standing community traditions include the Salem Art Fair and Festival in Bush's Pasture Park, now in it's 52nd year, and annually attracts more than 100,000 participants. It is considered one of the top ten community events on the west coast!
SALEM'S REED OPERA HOUSE
The Reed Opera House, also in downtown Salem, opened in 1869 with the community's first theatrical production of "The Female Gambler." Now an elegant specialty shopping mall with a 3rd floor ballroom, the Reed Opera House has retained its historic appearance and atmosphere while it serves as a unique commercial space housing many businesses in the heart of the city. The Reed is host to offices and numbers one-of-a-kind shops featuring everything from lighting and home decor to fine clothing and locally hand-crafted items. Dining choices at the Reed range from classic Greek food to soups and sandwiches.
SALEM'S RIVERFRONT PARK
A 23-acre park located in downtown Salem by the Willamette River with an amphitheater, play equipment and large grassy areas. (See the Travel Salem Visitor Info). This beautiful park is now home to the Salem Riverfront Carousel; the fabulous A. C. Gilbert Discovery Village (a Salem native who was the creator of the Erector Set, American Flyer Trains, Mysto Magic sets, chemistry and telegraph sets in the early 1900s) as well as the EcoEarth Ball. Facilities also included are restrooms, picnic tables jogging/walking/biking paths and three "mutt-mitt" dispensers.
SALEM BUSH'S PASTURE PARK
90+ acres with 2,763 trees; 49+ acres of grassy areas; 22+ acres wild and undeveloped.
Facilities include: 1 ball field; 12 horseshoe courts; 4
playground structures; 24 play equipment pieces; 7 drinking
fountains; 86 picnic tables; 16 benches; 1554 linear feet of
sidewalks-concreted; 3982 linear feet of walks and
paths-asphalt; 770 linear feet of gravel trails; 9638 linear
feet of soft surface jogging path. Also features: lighted
tennis courts; rose gardens and flower beds. Bush Barn Art
Center and Gallery; Bush House Museum and Soap Box Derby
SALEM'S MINTO-BROWN ISLAND PARK
898+ acres with 12,286 trees; 16+ acres of grassy areas; 66 acres of wild undeveloped area. Features include: 1 play structure; 6 play structure activities; 8 portable toilets; 1 shelter; 2 drinking fountains; 13 picnic tables; 7 benches; dog exercise area; 51,955 linear feet of walks and paths in asphalt and 25,238 linear feet of soft surface jogging paths.
If you have any further questions, it will be my pleasure to provide you with the answers!