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Traveling to Ashland area with kids? Here are several recommended, family-friendly attractions and activities that make a nice day out from Ashland.
Lake of the Woods Mountain Lodge and Resort is about an hour from Ashland, and offers year round fun. Summer it's all about the lake. Winter is equally wonderful with snow for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling! Dining is at the Lodge and Marina Grill in the summer and winter dining is in the Marina Grill.
Try whitewater rafting on the Rogue River in Grants Pass with Orange Torpedo Trips or view wildlife and enjoy the scenery on a Hellgate Excursions Jet Boat trip, which is a great way to fully enjoy nature with a little bit of adventure thrown in. Grants Pass is less than an hour north of Ashland on Interstate 5.
For a bit of history, visit the nearby town of Jacksonville. This authentic Gold Rush town is a National Historic Landmark. There are shops, restaurants, and the summer Britt Festival. http://www.jacksonvilleoregon.org/
Not far from Jacksonville is southern Oregon's only ghost town! The town of Buncom is in an idyllic setting and several buildings remain. http://www.buncom.org/
Gold Hill, located north of Ashland about 30 miles, is the home of the Oregon Vortex, providing fun entertainment for kids of all ages since 1930. http://www.oregonvortex.com/
East of Ashland about 6 miles is the very popular Emigrant Lake. Facilities include a nice campground, picnic areas and a big waterslide for the kids!
For the big kids, Ashland has many picturesque wineries within an hour's drive or less :-)
Beautiful and unique Crater Lake is about 2-2.5 hours from Ashland, so it's possible to visit with a long day. Enjoy the lovely drive along Highway 62. Said to be the "bluest" water anywhere, the lake is inside an ancient extinct volcano. The rim drive which goes completely around the lake takes about 2-3 hours to complete. Boat rides are offered in the high summer months, but a steep 2.2 mile round trip hike down and back up is required to get to the water.
For an overnight stop, the redwoods are about 3 to 3.5 hours from Ashland, via Grants Pass, and Highway 199. Enjoy the redwoods at Jedediah Smith State Park and then continue on to the beach in Crescent City, California.