Free Tours and Things to Do In Bend, Oregon Today

Value vacations are back, and your time in Bend should have a at least a few free fun tours and things to do in it. Once you have finished soaking in an epic snow-capped mountain helicopter tour for $100 off (use code Bendstrong) take advantage of these fun free things to to in Bend this week. Enjoy!

Go on the Heritage Walk

The historic buildings of Bend are all marked by informational plaques, making for an interesting self-guided tour. The local Deschutes County Historical Society offers free apps for Android and iPhones that guide you through over forty historic sites.

Go Star-Gazing at Pine Mountain Observatory

While a donation of $3.00 is encouraged at this University of Oregon-run site, it is by no means required. You’ll find the observatory just thirty miles southeast of Bend; it’s open to the public on Friday and Saturday evenings during the summer.

Tour the Famous Deschutes Brewery

In the summer months, Deschutes Brewery offers free tours of the brewery and four free samples of beer in their Tasting Room, which is open from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. You can learn all about the craftsmanship that goes into making their perfect craft beers!

Float on the Deschutes River

You can take a river floating journey right from downtown Bend when you begin your trip at Farewell Bend Park. The online site known as Visit Bend as a safety guide for floating in the river, especially how to avoid the Colorado spillway and rapids. Make sure you wear a lifejacket; it’s legally required! If you don’t already have an inner tube or life jacket, there are stores nearby where you can purchase or rent them.

Go Caving Nearby

Lava River Cave carries a charge of just $5.00 for a day pass, with an additional $5.00 charge if you need to rent a lantern. We recommend bringing your own. It’s free to enter the China Hat Road Caves close to town, but they’re harder to find and you’ll need to bring your own light. They are also home to bats.