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By Emily Hunter | 06/23/2022 | Attractions, Family, Jetboats, Local Parks & Playgrounds, National Park, Outdoor Activities, Outdoor Adventure, Things to Do, Water Adventures


The Heart of the Rogue is well-known for its expansive outdoor playground and endless opportunities for exploration. Home to the internationally renowned Harry and David as well as the ever-growing world-class wine country, Medford truly has it all. From Oregon's only national park, Crater Laketo hosting Oregon's famous Shakespeare Festival, there is quite literally something for everyone - especially for families! 

Grab your kiddos and prepare for a vacation packed full of fun - all from the fabulous Heart of the Rogue.

Nestled in grand, historic mining hills, allow Rogue Valley ZipLine Adventure to whisk you away with its thrilling, expansive course! Certified guides will ensure you and your family are set up for success and fun, as you venture into the skies on their progressive, five-zip-line course. Get a birds-eye view of Crater Lake's rim, Mt. McLoughlin, the Table Rocks and so much more! You can even plan an entire day of fun with their "Zip, Dip & Sip" tour, packed with the thrills of ziplining, jet boating and reflecting on the day with wine tasting at Del Rio vineyards. See expansive views of the valley, and treat your family to the treetops of the Rogue.

Zoom into a private island with Rogue Jet Boat Adventures! Complete with a 40-acre lake and all the rentals you could dream of, Discovery Park offers something for everyone. Whether you choose to relax with offerings from local food trucks, or play on their 3 acres of land, you will fall in love with this intimate, outdoor adventure experience.

Accessible via watercraft only, Discovery Park offers you a private experience to fish, boat, paddleboard, canoe, and play with all members of the family. A local's favorite way to reach the park is via jetboat, with Rogue Jet Boat Adventure's "Concert at the Rocks" package. Performed on Discovery Park's private, floating stage, this package offers you an unforgettable experience right underneath the towering Table Rocks

From their 40’ pavilion and floating stage to the games, rentals, and local eats for your enjoyment, Rogue Jet Boats and Discovery Park offer you an incredible, intimate experience in the Heart of the Rogue. Anyone is welcome to explore the park during their open hours, from 8:30 A.M. - 9:30 P.M. Picnic, fish, paddleboard and play at Discovery Park, and experience one of the most unique venues Medford has to offer you!

Enter into this geologically marbled paradise with the entire family! This beautiful monument is a must-see when you visit Oregon, with ranger-guided tours specifically designed for families. If your children are older, you can also consider tours by candlelight, or enjoy the Discovery Cave Tour. Explore twisting passageways, and visit a large room 220 feet below the surface. Your guide will lead you throughout the caverns, and tell you the tales of how the caves came to form along with interesting facts and history. After your tour, venture over to the Visitors Center to pick up a Junior Rangers workbook so your kiddos can earn their badge. Interactive displays are also offered throughout the center, giving you a chance to learn and play along with them!

With rides designed for every age racer - take your family on an unforgettable driving experience with Rogue Karting! Zoom around their expansive, indoor track, with changes made frequently so you can experience a new driving experience every time you visit. Racing is made fun and easy, with Rogue Karting's exceptional SODIKART models, with the RT8 for adults and the LR5 for young racers. Designed specifically with junior racers in mind, this go-kart includes 360 protection along with incredible speed - so you can be at ease with your child's safety while still being the cool parents! 

After your exciting race (or two), enjoy the Hi-Fi Café, with fresh food choices you are sure to enjoy. From special snacks and meals to delicious craft beer and wine - enjoy a day in the Heart of the Rogue that you won't forget!

From the Hogwarts Express ride to historical model motor cars and diesel trains, this unique attraction offers train lovers of all ages activities, food and community. For the littles, the park offers miniature train rides affectionately known as "Steamers", providing a mile-long track that winds through the park. Children will be able to see miniature locomotives on either side, with small, moving displays to show the vast commercial and cultural developments of the West Coast. 

For the history buff or train-adorer, the park also offers models of many different variations of trains and historic railroad equipment. Additionally, the Rogue Valley Model RR Society also holds an open house at the park, providing demonstrations of Morse Code and telegraphy, as well as historic presentations. 

After your tour of choice, eat a delicious meal right on site, or bring a packed lunch to enjoy a picnic. Operated by four non-profit clubs (Rogue Valley Model Railroad Club, Southern Oregon Railway Historical Society, Southern Oregon Live Streamers, and Medford Garden Railroaders) this park offers something for everyone, as you enter into the charming world of trains and railroads.

This expansive family park is packed with attractions both indoor and outdoor for your family to enjoy! Inside, you will discover a large arcade, packed with new and classic games for both the young and experienced gamers. Nearby, take your littles to Cactus Jack's Playhouse - a three-story, soft playhouse structure filled with twists and tangles for your toddler. After gaming and winning prizes, grab a snack at the snack shack inside, or head outside for even more exciting activities. 

Outside, challenge your family to an exciting round of golf! Enjoy two beautifully landscaped 18-hole mini-golf courses, packed with twists and pits to challenge your skills, all while enjoying the sunshine. Nearby, cool off on the bumper boats, or feel the breeze as you whisk past on the outdoor go-kart track. Additionally, there are batting cages with a range of speeds and options for you to enjoy. 

From indoor and outdoor activities to their range of exciting packages, you will discover it all at the Rogue Valley Family Fun Center!

Discover exciting exhibits with your children throughout this state-of-the-art play center. No matter what age your child is, there is a station designed just for them. When your child enters each space, they will become greeted with a plethora of opportunities, both for growth and imagination. Expand their horizons with the STEAM Forest exhibits, combining science, engineering, art and math in each lab. Or, explore The Gathering Grove, where they can read, dance and explore in a cozy learning space. For children ages 0-3, visit the Lyn's Little Learners area, where they'll be able to crawl, touch and learn through the power of play.

No matter what you choose to do, this museum is an outstanding center for learning and exploration. Allow your children to explore and play in this wonderfully designed and newly-remodeled play center - right in the Heart of the Rogue!

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