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Oregon Observatory at Sunriver

Originally named the Sunriver Observatory, the Oregon Observatory at Sunriver is one of those places that reminds us just how large and awesome the world we live in really is. Located at 57425 River Road, the Sunriver, Oregon observatory is home to 11 supersized telescopes that bring the stars close enough to allow you to explore without ever having need to leave the Earth’s surface! Future astronomers will thrill at the sight of billions of stars appearing to be close enough to touch, and for those who haven’t decided what’s in their future, this fun thing to do in Sunriver, OR could be life changing. And with an admission price of only $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $5 for children 4-12 (kids 3 and under are free), isn’t it wonderful that something life changing is so affordable?

Clear Skies and Dark Nights

Remember when you were a child and your parents let you stay out late on summer nights? At one point, you’d always find yourself lying flat on your back in the soft green grass, staring up at the sky that was alight with the glow of billions of stars. Maybe your parents would lay next to you, pointing out the North Star or the Milky Way, and eventually you’d drift off to sleep to the sound of crickets chirping and the rumbling of your dad’s voice; life was good.

Today, it’s probable that this kind of life tradition just isn’t possible where you live, as city lights and air pollution have appeared to put out the lights of the stars and galaxies you were so fond of as a child. Your vacation in Sunriver, however, gives you the opportunity to share your knowledge of the stars with your own children when you take some time out your vacation schedule for a visit to the Sunriver, Oregon observatory!

Oregon Observatory at Sunriver is Open 6 Nights a Week

Nighttime is the right time for the best view of the stars, but daytime hours also offer their own adventures at the Observatory. Filtered telescopes offer safe views of the fieriest star of all: the Sun. Have any questions? Just ask! Our staff is knowledgeable and on hand to answer all questions, from the simplest to the most difficult. After all, curiosity is our friend!

August 21st of this year brought about a unique opportunity to witness a solar eclipse, and while the total blackout area was not in Oregon, Sunriver was close enough to experience a 99% solar eclipse.

Getting Your Head Out of the Stars and Back on the Ground

After time spent at this Sunriver, Oregon observatory, it’s time to come back to earth, but that doesn’t mean you’re being grounded. We think spending a morning—or the entire day—at any of the local golf courses is the most exciting way to get your head out of the stars! Sunriver Resort is home to four different courses: Crosswater, Meadows, Woodlands, and Caldera Links. All four feature lush green and rolling hills, mature trees, and beautiful views, as well as being family friendly.

Your Oregon getaway is the perfect time to introduce your children to your love of golfing and the friendly atmosphere of the courses is also patient and understanding. As new golfer’s learn new skills, it will be apparent to all who follow and offer encouraging words when you allow them to play through! The Crosswater course has been awarded the honor of being one of Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest Courses,” while the Meadows course won a place on Golf Digest’s “Top Ten Destinations for Family Golf,” as have the Woodlands and Caldera Links courses.

Hungry Yet?

All these things to do in Sunriver, OR are making us hungry, so we can imagine that you’re stomach is beginning to make itself known. If you don’t want to drive anywhere, The Backyard is located right off the Meadows course and offers idyllic views of the course and Mt. Bachelor, live music in the summertime, and the pub food that always seems to taste better when accompanied by an ice cold craft beer! An extensive wine list is also available, and lawn games can be played by all members of the family—in the summer, of course!

Mexican food has become the new American favorite, and if your cravings will only be satisfied by chips and salsa, Baltazar’s Seafood Restaurant at 1455 SW Knoll Avenue in Bend is here to be the hero of your epicurean adventures! Offering a modern twist on the classics we all love, every bite will make your mouth water as you savor the tastes and dream about it long after you’ve returned to your Sunriver Pines vacation escape.

Create Your Own Traditions

There may not be opportunities for you to lay on the grass with your kids as you discuss the stars in the skies, but the Oregon Observatory at Sunriver allows you to create new traditions that are just as important. Start by reserving your Sunriver Pines family vacation home today; exploring the things to do in Sunriver, OR will come naturally!

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