Things to Do in Ashland, OR

With beautiful outdoor havens and a creative culture, Ashland has a lot to offer

By
Taylor Croteau
On Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 17:18
Napa CA

Ashland, Ore., is a paradise of a city. From the beautiful Rogue River to the fantastic film culture, Ashland has a lot to offer. The city features a thriving art and film culture that attracts visitors from all over the world, but also has a rich history all its own and a tremendously friendly atmosphere.

 

Alchemy Restaurant and Bar

Alchemy Restaurant and Bar is a fantastic fine dining experience with some truly remarkable cocktails. Alchemy prides itself on the fresh twist on a classic menu. Guests rave about the seared duck breast and brown butter halibut. However, Alchemy’s cocktails are really what sets the restaurant apart. With amazingly inventive twists on classic cocktails, the bartenders prove they know what they’re doing and never fail to impress. For an incredible dining experience, there’s no place better than Alchemy Restaurant and Bar.

 

This historic Ashland park is wildly popular among locals and visitors. With lots of paved trails and massive green area, Lithia Park is great for anyone wanting to spend a little time outdoors. There are playgrounds and a duck pond, so kids have fun, too. Tours are also popular for anyone wanting to learn a little more history about the park and the city of Ashland. From wildlife to waterfalls, Lithia Park takes it to the next level for any true nature lover. It’s the perfect place to go for a hike or just a walk and enjoy Ashland's beauty.

 

Ashland Independent Film Festival

For five days every spring, Ashland buzzes with more than 700 film lovers who gather for the annual Ashland Independent Film Festival. Ashland’s unique culture brings in people from all over the world to watch over 90 documentary, feature, and short films in Ashland’s Varsity Theatre and the Historic Ashland Armory. Festival events also include an Opening Night Bash, the AfterLounge and the Awards Celebration. Michael Tully, director of PING PONG SUMMER says, “The Ashland Independent Film Festival is one of those regional gems that gives me faith and hope for the future of independent cinema. Great town, great people, great atmosphere, great movies, great everything!”

 

Noah's River Adventures

For the ultimate Ashland outdoor experience, there’s nothing like Noah’s River Adventures. They’ve been the best in the business since 1974, promising safety and an amazing tour of the Ashland wilderness. Rafting down the Rogue River, guests learn about the history of the area, geological information, bird and wildlife identification, and wildlife conservation. It’s a great tour for families as well, and it's a fun and safe trip for kids. Come and experience the beauty of Ashland with Noah’s River Adventures.

 ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum

ScienceWorks is a fantastic interactive museum aiming to “inspire a love of science and learning in all ages.” The museum also hopes to give back to the entire Ashland community by attracting visitors from all over the world. Many of ScienceWorks’s almost 100 interactive exhibits have received national and international attention. ScienceWorks is a remarkable place to bring children of all ages in Ashland.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Taylor is a freelance writer in Knoxville, Tennessee and has contributed to Livability.com since 2015.