What to do and see in Grants Pass, United States: The Best Places and Tips

September 25, 2017 Concepcion Newsome

Grants Pass is a city in, and the county seat of, Josephine County, Oregon, United States. The city is located on Interstate 5, northwest of Medford. Attractions include the Rogue River, famous for its rafting, and the nearby Oregon Caves National Monument located 30 miles (48 km) south of the city. Grants Pass is 256 miles (412 km) south of Portland, the largest city in Oregon. The population was 34,533 at the 2010 census.
Restaurants in Grants Pass

1. The Glass Forge

501 SW G St, Grants Pass, OR 97526-2472 +1 541-955-0815
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5 based on 180 reviews

The Glass Forge

This is a fully operational glass blowing shop, where you can get up close and even try your hand at blowing molten 2000 degree glass. The artisans are usually working producing all kinds of glass art from vases, bowls to paperweights and sculptural pieces. Come browse the gift shop, or just stay and visit. It does get warm so can be very nice in the winter!

Reviewed By Jan501 - Susanville, California

I have seen glass blowers at work years ago, but I never before saw glass forgers. These master craftsmen/artists are just incredible. I took my four grandchildren, and we got to get up close and talk to the artist as he worked. Then he invited us to come into his work area to "see the dragon," inside the 2,000 degree F. furnace. The artist explained everything he was doing. It was just an awesome experience. I look forward to taking my husband with me on my next trip to The Glass Forge. This is a MUST SEE stop in Grants Pass.

2. Orange Torpedo Rafting Trips

210 Merlin Rd, Merlin, OR 97532-4501
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5 based on 358 reviews

Orange Torpedo Rafting Trips

Orange Torpedo Trips is the most experienced rafting and inflatable kayaking outfitter on the Rogue River. We offer unique inflatable kayaking trips and rafting trips ranging from 4 hours to 14 days on a variety of rivers including the Rogue River, Salmon River, Klamath River, and North Umpqua River. We have the perfect trip for everyone from age 4 years and up!

Reviewed By Connie N

Outstanding! Exceptional guide, Mike. My 2 friends and I had the most awesome hike. Loved the lodges- mostly hiked but enjoyed rafting a few miles. Highly recommend Orange Torpedo- very professional, every detail attended to and had enough wine for us! Will do this again!

3. Wildlife Images - Rehabilitation & Education Center

11845 Lower River Rd, Grants Pass, OR 97526-9613 +1 541-476-0222
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5 based on 288 reviews

Wildlife Images - Rehabilitation & Education Center

Wildlife Images is non-profit wildlife rehabilitation and education center in beautiful Southern Oregon. We have been a non-profit since 1981, when our mission of Saving Wildlife started. Our center includes a wildlife hospital for wild patients and permanent residents, youth camps throughout the year, and over 80 permanent residents who cannot be released back to the wild. By taking a tour you can view a great assortment of birds, smaller mammals, reptiles, and large mammals such as cougars, bears and wolves! The tours provide a unique, up-close encounter with wildlife that is not seen every day.

Reviewed By Ann H - Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Wildlife Images is a first-class animal rescue foundation. The guides are excellent, the animals well-cared for, and rehabilitated if possible.

4. Morrisons Rogue Wilderness Adventures

325 Galice Rd, Merlin, OR 97532-8754
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5 based on 503 reviews

Morrisons Rogue Wilderness Adventures

For over 40 years Morrisons Rogue Wilderness Adventures has been the leading guide service on the Rogue River in the Southern Oregon region. Single day adventures are available. Hiking, fishing and rafting are all part of our menu of products. Please check out our website for a full listing of our trips. With wonderful food, professional guides and the best in customer service we do everything we can to make this a wonderful experience for you. Morrisons Rogue River Lodge is our parent company and we invite you to join us for the best in Northwest hospitality with fantastic meals, comfortable cozy cabins and wonderful access to the Rogue River.

Reviewed By KKNsarsasota - Sarasota, Florida

We all loved this trip! Beautiful scenery, amazing, helpful guides Bama and Dan. The lodges and food were perfect! Great adventure and we laughed through every minute of the trip! Highly recommend!thank you

5. Wine Hopper Tours

3370 Lower River Rd, Merlin, OR 97526-9038
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5 based on 108 reviews

Wine Hopper Tours

Daily guided wine tours of the Rogue and Applegate Valley AVA's. Pickups in Ashland, Medford and Jacksonville. Trips include transportation, wine tastings, lunch and history of this growing wine region. Couples and groups are welcome. Open Year Around.Custom group tours are also available.

Reviewed By julesdaniel - oakland california

Had a fun time with friends touring the beautiful southern Oregon wine country with Jim and Glen on Wine Hopper. Jim was the host, Glen the driver, and they were both engaging, entertaining, and informative. The transport was great, the food they provided was well chosen, and the vineyards outstanding. It was a fun time and I highly recommend Wine Hopper

6. Riverside Park

304 E Park St, Grants Pass, OR 97527-5230
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4.5 based on 142 reviews

Riverside Park

Reviewed By jlmsBellevue - Bellevue, WA

Riverside Park is a must visit. Bring good walking shoes, a camera and your sense of adventure. There is a very nice children's play area. Plenty of seats covered and uncovered for a picnic. The river's edge is a landing place for all kinds of birds. Children enjoy sitting on the edge and fishing or just watching the birds.

7. Schmidt Family Vineyards

330 Kubli Rd, Grants Pass, OR 97527-8611 +1 541-846-9985
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4.5 based on 83 reviews

Schmidt Family Vineyards

A family owned and operated winery, Schmidt Family Vineyards provides award winning wines and incredible scenery to its visitors. Stroll through the beautiful grounds after enjoying a pizza straight from the wood-fired pizza oven or any other food option from the lite menu. Family friendly and dog friendly (dogs must remain outdoors). Open daily from 12-5pm and during summer months open late (8pm) on Friday nights with live music.

Reviewed By 182jr - Oklahoma

We stopped in for lunch while touring wineries with friends. Their lunch menu was limited but interesting. I would say the food was just average but still enjoyable and filling. I bought a bottle of their radiance blend, a dry red wine, which I really...MoreWe are glad you enjoyed your time! Thank you for the feedback on the food. We are always working to improve!

8. Troon Vineyard

1475 Kubli Rd, Grants Pass, OR 97527-8610 +1 541-846-9900
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4.5 based on 58 reviews

Troon Vineyard

Surrounded by the dramatic, lush green splendor of the Siskiyou mountains, Troon Vineyard is located in one of the most beautiful wine regions anywhere, the Applegate Valley. What you'll find at our Applegate Valley winery tasting room are wines as compelling as the views. Our Troon tasting room team could not be more friendly and passionate about our wines and sharing them with you is their pleasure. Surrounding our tasting room our beautiful lawn and gardens are perfect for picnics or just sipping a glass of our wine as you soak in the natural beauty of the Applegate Valley. We are centrally located between Grants Pass, Medford and Jacksonville and just a half-hour drive from I 5. It would be hard to imagine a more perfect day than packing a picnic and visiting Troon and our neighboring wineries in the Applegate Valley. Our vineyards are all LIVE and Salmon Safe certified and we are now beginning our quest to become biodynamic certified.

Reviewed By astaplet82 - Dallas, Texas

The tasting room here (and moreso the patio area) are really nice. Unfortunately, the tasting kinda sucked.

You're limited to either Red or White, without any option to pick from a list of multiple wines. And they didn't offer us an option to have the tasting outside, so we stood at the bar for all of the wines, then went outside after.

Generally, we were disappointed with the wines as well (none were good enough to warrant buying even a glass). We had a much better experience up the road at Schmidt

9. Wooldridge Creek Winery

818 Slagle Creek Rd, Grants Pass, OR 97527-9475 +1 541-846-6364
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4.5 based on 41 reviews

Wooldridge Creek Winery

At Wooldridge Creek Vineyard, Winery, Creamery and Charcuterie, we specialize in small batches of wine, cheese, and charcuterie (meats and vegetables) available only at our estate tasting room. As the first combined winery, creamery and charcuterie in Oregon, we invite you to visit and taste our estate wines and small batches of artisanal cheeses and meats.

Reviewed By WineEng - Green Valley, California

We visited Wooldridge for a third time and found their wines improved from several years ago. Many years ago they were outstanding, then they slipped for several years, but are improving again! They wouldn't let us taste their sparking Chardonnay during this last visit which is a shame. In the past it was very good and one of the things I looked forward to this time.

In addition to half a dozen whites and even more reds for sale, they make their own cheese and even cure meats for those so inclined. During this visit we bought a small cheese plate for $10 to have with our wine tasting. The only negative side and the reason I didn't give them a 5 is that even though we bought get wine, cheese and crackers to take home, they deducted none of the three tasting fees at $10 each. Many other wineries would do something with this. Somewhat of a puzzle.

Despite the chintzy handling of tasting fees, we enjoyed the wines and overall visit including the lovely setting. Recommended. Cheers!

10. Bear Hotel Artworks Museum

2101 NE Spalding Ave, Grants Pass, OR 97526-4196 +1 541-479-3351
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4.5 based on 32 reviews

Bear Hotel Artworks Museum

Tours available by appointment only.

Reviewed By Libraryl8de - Pomona, California

This unique exhibit includes almost 50 bear statues in various garb and expressing various themes. I have seen very similar exhibitions involving angels and cows. It's interesting though to see all such statues displayed in one spot. This is a great place to take children as there are also various children's educational displays and activities available. While we were there there was also an artist in residence who did beautiful metal bird statues and figures. This is an exhibit you can go through quickly and it's lots of fun for everyone.

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