10 Things to Do in Eugene That You Shouldn't Miss

August 16, 2017 Russell Mellin

Eugene is a great city for the arts and outdoors. You can shop from a variety of local artisans, get lost in a museum or dive into the thriving culinary scene. Visit craft breweries and artisan wineries while winning prizes with the Eugene Ale Trail and Pinot Bingo programs. Known as Track Town USA, Eugene is home to track and field year-round; in the fall, it’s a college football hub. There are scenic bike rides and urban hikes to fit visitors of all abilities in all seasons.
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1. Hayward Field

1580 E 15th Ave, Eugene, OR 97403
Excellent
85%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 197 reviews

Hayward Field

Reviewed By Philip G - Livingston, Texas

As a former long distance runner, I made sure to visit Hayward Field on our trip to Eugene. Although the locked gates kept us from entering the venue, we were able to get a good view of the track and stadium. On the outside, there were signs explaining the history of Hayward Field and honoring two legendary Oregon track coaches as well as Steve Prefontaine.

2. Autzen Stadium

2700 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Eugene, OR 97401-5929 +1 541-346-4461
Excellent
81%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 141 reviews

Autzen Stadium

Reviewed By Al154 - Phoenix, Arizona

Was in Eugene for a meeting and went to Autzen for the game. It was built in 1967 but has all the modern items a stadium needs. There are big screens above both endzones so you can replays of the action if you miss it on the field. The Duck fans are LOUD and the students are big supporters of their team with the Duck mascot doing push ups for every point scored by the home team, which can be a lot. The uniforms are always colorful to say the least and the play on the field is fast with few breaks except for the TV timeouts. Before the kickoff there are lots of tailgate parties, most by local fans, but some are sponsored as well. Since the Ducks won it was a great way to spend a Saturday at the stadium.

3. Cascades Raptor Center

32275 Fox Hollow Rd, Eugene, OR 97405-9505 +1 541-485-1320
Excellent
72%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 390 reviews

Cascades Raptor Center

Nestled on a wooded hillside in south Eugene, this nature center and wildlife hospital specializes in birds of prey. Some 50 resident birds of 30 native species are on display, including owls, falcons, hawks, to bald and golden eagles. Open Tues-Sun and some major Mon holidays.

Reviewed By travelinglobe - Fargo, North Dakota

This place does amazing work for the injured raptors that reside here. It also provides informative information about the different types of raptors and how they came to live there. Cute gift shop with friendly volunteers too!

4. Hult Center for the Performing Arts

1 Eugene Ctr, Eugene, OR 97401-2670 +1 541-682-5000
Excellent
72%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 173 reviews

Hult Center for the Performing Arts

The Hult Center, located in Eugene, Oregon, is home to 7 local Resident Companies and many other performance groups in our community. With our 2498 seat Silva Concert Hall and more intimate 458 seat Soreng Theater, we have a variety of performances throughout the year create entertaining and enriching experiences for our community.

Reviewed By batshitcrazynot - California

We've seen lots of events over the years at the Hult Center as well as other venues across the country/world.

The Hult Center has to be near the top of anyone's list.

So well designed, it has stood the test of time.

Hamilton would be so awesome here!

5. Hendricks Park

2198 Summit Ave, Eugene, OR 97403-2105 +1 541-682-4800
Excellent
74%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 152 reviews

Hendricks Park

Reviewed By iberichieg - Eugene, Oregon

My wife grew up in Eugene and never tires of going to Hendricks Park. It changes with the seasons. The tall trees and the trails and the fabulous rhododendron gardens. One of my favorite viewpoints to look out over Eugene.

6. Willamette River bike trail

Eugene, OR
Excellent
77%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 413 reviews

Willamette River bike trail

A six-mile bike trail along the Willamette River.

Reviewed By David G - Eugene, Oregon

This trail runs mostly along the Willamette river in Eugene. There are a few places where it goes farther inland and uses local streets and bike lanes for connectors. these are back roads and not too busy. There a many places where you can access it, from the Valley River shopping mall parking lot, the Eugene Rose Garden, Skinners Butte park and Alton Baker park to name only a few. It runs along the river all the way into Springfield. and goes through several parks. It's a nice ride and is relatively level so not difficult and most of it would be easy for smaller children. there are also several bridges that cross back and forth over the river and many have benches where you can stop and rest or just enjoy the view. It's a great ride and could be a couple hours or a whole day depending on how far you want to go.

7. Owen Rose Garden

300 N Jefferson St, Eugene, OR 97402-5000 +1 541-682-4800
Excellent
69%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 129 reviews

Owen Rose Garden

Reviewed By MajorMarket - Houston, TX

Free parking, free admission, beautiful set of acreage of roses. You won't need more than an hour to enjoy this place but it will be a very satisfying hour. Best arrived at by private car since you have to pass through an industrial area.

8. Mount Pisgah

34901 Frank Parrish Rd, Eugene, OR 97405-9673 +1 541-747-3817
Excellent
67%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 147 reviews

Mount Pisgah

A popular mountain for runners with paths taking you up 1,500 feet.

Reviewed By Philip G - Livingston, Texas

We visited the Mount Pisgah Arboretum for a hike and thought it was well worth the $4 parking fee. We did one of the loop trails which actually involved a combination of several shorter trails. I would strongly recommend that you print off the trail map from the website before hiking there as it provides a wide selection of options for loop trails. Some of the trail intersections were not marked so it was easy to choose the wrong path. Be advised that the trailhead for the summit trail is by the Fee Pay Station but the other trails are further down the path beyond the parking lot. The summit trail is 1.5 miles but, with an elevation of over 1,000 feet, was a little too steep for our tastes. The loop trails have some steep sections but not for very long distances.

9. University of Oregon

Eugene, OR +1 541-346-1000
Excellent
70%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 323 reviews

University of Oregon

A local university.

Reviewed By navyjim58 - Europe

First time to University of Oregon campus in Eugene Oregon. First it is huge. Walked around the whole place and took awhile. Plenty of restaurants around. Close to downtown Eugene. Starbucks there. Lots to see. Parks close by. Beautiful campus. Ducks stuff for sale. Other shops around.

10. Eugene Saturday Market

126 E. 8th Avenue, 8th and Oak Avenues, Eugene, OR 97401 +1 541-686-8885
Excellent
63%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 217 reviews

Eugene Saturday Market

Open Saturdays from 10am to 5pm, April 7th through November 10th, 2018. Each Saturday Lane County's favorite artisans, chefs and musicians bring their creations to Saturday Market, Eugene's weekly open-air Marketplace, creating a vibrant event that nurtures local commerce and community. Founded in May of 1970, Eugene's Saturday Market is Oregon's original Saturday Market, and the oldest weekly open-air crafts festival in the United States. Wander among the 200 booths filled with fine handcrafts, always sold by the artisans themselves. The International Food Court features fifteen food booths serving a wide array of foods prepared fresh on site, for every meal of the day. The Market Stage showcases local and regional musicians, performing live all day long. Two nearby parking structures provide plenty of free parking, and the area is fully wheelchair accessible.

Reviewed By rkatao - Seattle, Washington

Market is separated between vendors and food items. Both were missing summer time sellers as this was the last weekend before the market moves indoors for the holiday market. Produce was beautiful and food booths had some interesting looking items.

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