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waterplayOne of the best things about Hood River is that there is always something to do! But if you are kid “Adventure Town” takes on a whole new meaning! Kids could spend a day…  literally a day from sun up to sun down with non stop action at the waterfront.


Usually our day goes something like this in the Summer (when I am not styling someone into a Hood River Vacation Rental home) We head to The Columbia River waterfront at the sand bar – spread out a blanket and get out the sand shovels start digging a little,  trying ever so hard to create something that remotely resembles Mt. Hood  – then dip our toes a little, splash around just waiting for the rental shops to open up to rent a paddle board for the day  Big Winds and Gorge Paddling Center just to name a few of the experts – eventually everyone gets a little grouchy – this must mean one thing… lunch time! Here is where the decisions start so many options just steps away – The Local Grind yummy teriiyaki, The Sandbar cafe, grab a beer and burger and you set! Stroll a bit further down the waterfront path and of course you come to the kid favorite (and adult:) Solstice – we try and wait to hold off for Cicci’s Gelato later in the day – hah! Like that is going to happen usually directly after lunch, truth be told sometimes before:) It’s just so darn delicious personal shout out to chocolate hazelnut! Burn all of those delicious calories while chasing around those little ones on the playground – which is full of fun stuff!  Climbing walls, bouncy seats, run-a-bouts and musical instruments! If they are completely tuckered out by then, take a stroll, scooter or bike down the paved path along the riverfront.