The final stretch of summer is here. With school starting everywhere, you’ve got to squeeze the most adventure you can out of the final days of the season. Get the whole family outside to hike, bike, swim, explore, discover, and chow down. From across the state to your own backyard, we’ve rounded up the best ideas to get you outside and dirty. Read on for more!

photo: tjook via flickr

1. It’s still hot, hot, hot! Grab the sunscreen and life jackets and Splash around in some of nature’s best swimming holes.

2. Hit the trails! Read up on some tips for beginners, then find a great trail in the city.

3. Head to Astoria for a weekend adventure. Climb a giant column and explore the northwest tip of Oregon.  

4. Pack a picnic and a blanket, and watch the sunset as it dips below the horizon.

5. Create a masterpiece in the backyard, with these outdoor studio ideas

6. For an adventure that will please your young adrenaline junkies, hit the rapids and get wet with an epic white water rafting adventure! 

photo: River Drifters via yelp

7. Have the perfect kite-flying, seal-watching, sand-castle-buildilng beach day at Seaside.  Don’t forget to hit the arcade and bring a bag of saltwater taffy home.

8. It won’t be long until all the sports will be played on indoor courts. Challenge the neighbors to these great outdoor games.

9. Grab your boots and cowboy and cowgirl hats and get in the saddle. Your kids will be dreaming about their next horse back riding adventure all winter long.

10. Unplug and get one last off-the-grid camping trip in. Look for Loch Ness, or (Olallie Ness?), at Olallie Lake.

11. Keep the indoor grill clean for a little while linger and Grill up a feast anywhere!

12. There’s still time to take one last mini-vacation! Get out of town and head to these great summer destinations

photo: Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife via flickr

13. Check out all the things you can do with a simple bucket of sidewalk chalk (and some tips for making your own!)

14. The days of using bug spray are coming to an end. But you will need that bottle one last time as you explore Suttle Lake.

15. Grab your bikes, trikes and helmets and hit the best beginner trails for two wheels (or more)!

16. Nothing brings the family together like a breathtaking adventure. Zoom! Whoosh! Zip! Fly through the trees with these zipline tours.

17. Make a little cash and spread a little love! Freshen up the neighborhood lemonade stand with these new options.

18. Fill your baskets, buckets, t-shirts, or hats with summer’s bounty. Make sure to call in advance and find out what’s still in season!

photo: shannon via flickr

19. The days are getting shorter and shorter so take advantage of the long evenings while they last with these great picnic spots.

20. Lunch in the open air at some of Portland’s hottest food markets for kids

21. The days may be hot, but the evenings are cooling quick. But you can still sleep in the woods well into the fall. Two words: RV Camping.

22. This one’s for all of the little science and water lovers. Make your own sailboat and float it away! Fun for the back yard or while romping in a lake.

23. Can’t get to the pool? Create an epic waterpark in your backyard.

24. Turn your Spring Break plans into Fall Break plans and hit one of these spots!

25. You don’t have to go far to find the perfect place to pitch a tent and spend the night under the stars. The Milky Way awaits!

What’s on your adventure list? Tell us in the comments below!

—Katrina Emery (Edit by Annette Benedetti)


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