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If you are traveling to Hood River, you are likely doing it for amazing hikes, towering waterfalls, all the watersports you can handle, and countless other outdoor pursuits. But occasionally, Mother Nature rears her head and surprises everyone with some rain. You can still get after it outside if you do not mind getting wet, but there are also many great activities indoors that are sure to provide a memorable day. Here are the most awesome things to do in Hood River on a rainy day.

Visit the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center

Just because it is raining does not mean you cannot enjoy the beauty and wonder of this area. The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center provides an opportunity to do this without getting wet. They provide fun and educational exhibits delving into the history and the incredible natural qualities that make this such an amazing place to visit. Delve into the Gorge at 5000 Discovery Dr.

Hit the Mosier Twin Tunnels Trail

This hike may involve getting a bit wet, but tunnels that were once used as a roadway along the Columbia River will provide plenty of shelter from the storm. Walk along the river and through these fascinating historic features to find some of the most beautiful views of the Columbia River Gorge that you will find anywhere. And the rain makes for an even more beautiful viewing experience.

Indoor Things to Do In Hood River

Indoor recreation comes in many forms in Hood River. One of the most fun is certainly the best bowling in town found at Orchard Lanes at 1141 Tucker Road. Enjoy the best lanes in town at a great price, or take advantage of a full restaurant, arcade section, pool tables, and much more. You will find fun for the whole family at Orchard Lanes.

Spend Some Time in a Beautiful Home

This is the easiest thing to do on a rainy day in Hood River, especially when you trust the professionals at Hood River Vacation Rentals to provide the home for you. There are few things to do in Hood River better than curling up with a blanket by a window or on the patio and enjoying the storm in a beautiful place. To call these homes beautiful places would be an understatement. You will find all of the comforts of home here, with some luxurious twists that will make you feel like you are staying in a world class resort. Our homes feature open spaces throughout many rooms, high-end furniture for relaxing, cozy beds, gourmet kitchens, flat screen TVs, and much more. Many of these homes even come with special features like fireplaces, hot tubs, and game rooms. Find the Hood River vacation home of your dreams today!

Hood River, Oregon is a place of endless recreation. While it is not a place where you think of overwhelmingly hot days, it can get a bit toasty during the summer months when you can count on sunshine throughout the day. Do not worry though, as there are plenty of amazing activities that are perfect for staying cool while having fun. The following are some of the top Hood River activities for staying cool in Hood River.

Visit Hood River Waterplay

Located on the shores of the Colombia River just to the east of the Hood River Bridge is this premiere water sports centre. They offer endless ways to cool off by getting in the water and having a fun time while doing it. They provide lessons on countless water sports activities like wind surfing, sailing, and more. If taking lessons does not sound right for you, you can always just rent stand up paddle boards, jet skis, kayaks, and almost anything else you can imagine.

Relax by a Waterfall

Nothing will cool you off quite like spending the day by a towering waterfall. Falling water impacting the pool below creates a constant mist that will keep you comfortably cool even on the hottest days. There are many options, but few are better than that provided by the Tamanawas Falls Hike that loops you 3.6 miles, with an amazing 150-foot waterfall along the way. Find the Elk Meadows Trailhead after traveling south of Hood River along Highway 35 for about 30 miles.

Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum

Even if you are not a plane or automobile enthusiast, the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum will likely be one of the things that you remember most about your vacation here. This collection of still operational planes and automobiles is the largest in the country and features some of the most amazing vehicles ever made. From beautiful works of art to incredible innovations, the pieces of this museum will leave you amazed.

Hood River Vacation Rentals

After long days of adventuring through this beautiful area, you will need a beautiful and cozy place to call home so you can be ready for the adventures that the next day will surely bring. There are many options, but none surpass the quality of vacation homes and condos provided by Hood River Vacation Rentals. We offer something for everyone, including everything from a cozy condo in the downtown area for romantic getaways to a luxurious mansion tucked away in the woods for the largest of groups. Explore our property offerings for yourself or contact us today for more information!

Cold rainy winter nights. Don’t we mostly want to be inside–cozy and entertained after stimuli-overload during holidays? The remedy: I can’t think of one much better than to hit the flicks for some fun evening entertainment with these Hood River movies suggestions. Our little Hood River offers 2 great venues for your movie-viewing pleasure.

Hood River Cinemas offers the more traditional movie theater set up complete with 5 screens, stadium seating & classic concessions (buckets of popcorn, candy enticingly displayed, cookies, soda pop, also a good selection of beers). This is the spot for first run features and kid films. Always fun to run into friends and kids of friends out in the main lobby. Post-film debriefing is just the ticket in the spacious lobby. It also the place to check out the posters for the films coming soon. For more debriefing or just plain visiting with your movie date, Double Mountain Brewpub is just around the corner and Full Sail Brewing is down the street…

Skylight Theatre & Pub is the place to go to sink into big comfy chairs (think pedicure style) or couches to enjoy a movie in a more laid back, less traditional arena. Order up some fine New York style pizza and a microbrew, soda or vino of choice and settle in for a great Hood River movies night.

Skylight offers some specialty films and fun promos like those from Teton Gravity Research, Warren Miller, Inspired Media and other such ski films and inspiring sports flicks on huge variety of cool activities. The Columbia Center for the Arts hooks up with the Skylight to roll some always interesting films when the Mt Hood Independent Film Festival comes to town.

It’s nearly impossible to go the movies with out running into friends. That’s half the fun, especially in this social mecca on the Columbia. If, however, a quiet non-engaged movie sesh is more to your liking, the muted lighting of both theaters allow for slinking into the comfort of a theater seat to escape social encounters and just enjoy Hollywood’s latest.

After Enjoying the Best Hood River Movies…

Head over to your comfortable vacation rental for a good night’s sleep in cozy beds!