Friday, February 24, 2017

Spring Break: Columbia Gorge Discovery Center Free for Kids

Looking for a great family outing during Spring Break? Visit the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum. Kids through high school age receive free museum admission during Oregon and Washington Spring Break with paid adult admission from March 25 through April 23.

Enjoy the Kids Explorer room craft activities, and a fun scavenger hunt through the hands-on, multi-media museum exhibits that illuminate the cultural and natural history of the Gorge. Enjoy the wildflowers on the hiking trails and be wowed by the raptors in a live presentation.

Children (and adults) will learn and have fun at the same time learning about Ice Age geology, Lewis and Clark, Native American culture, the Oregon Trail, the Historic Columbia River Highway, renewable energy, and more. View the newest exhibit, “A Community Forgotten: Uncovering the Story of The Dalles Chinatown.”

Enjoy a tasty lunch from the Basalt Rock Café 11 am. To 2 p.m. and stop by the Columbia River Trading Co. museum store.

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum is the official interpretive center for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.  The museum is wheel-chair and stroller accessible. A paved nature trail circles the pond next to the museum, where you have the chance to see beaver activity, raptors and blooming wildflowers. Take the Riverfront Trail for miles of hiking and biking along the Columbia River.

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center is located off I-84 exit 82, at 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, Oregon, 97058.  The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, phone (541) 296-8600 ext. 201, or visit

Information courtesy Columbia Gorge Discovery Center