Nine Local Attractions to Visit in 2016

Downtown Salem Oregon

Did you know there are 100+ shops, galleries, theatres, restaurants, salons, entertainment, historic buildings just steps away from the Grand Hotel?  On your next visit to Salem, Oregon- don’t stay in!  Get out and discover our wonderful and eclectic city full of delightful surprises and gems.

Salem boasts numerous fun events, entertainment, premiere shops, specialty boutiques, restaurants, coffee bars, and wine! Our guests love to stroll our charming streets and take in the many sights this historic art deco capitol, including numerous landmarks historical buildings that have been preserved and revitalized.

We could devote a book to the many destinations worth exploring in our vibrant community, but we’ll start with these nine local attractions we think you will enjoy visiting in 2016!

Reed Opera House

The renovated Reed Opera House is located at the center of downtown Salem Oregon. It was originally built in 1869 and has great historical significance in Salem, Oregon’s history. The building houses numerous offices, retail, and dining establishments.

Oregon State Capitol Tour

Visitors come to our state capitol to learn about the important events in Oregon’s state history, see the magnificent rotunda and where Oregon’s 30 state Senators and 60-member House of Representatives meet. It is also the setting for the Walk of the Flags, Waite Fountain, Parade of Animals sculpture, a Liberty Bell replica, and a gazebo constructed in 1982.

Salem’s River Front Park

Located in the heart of downtown Salem, the park features 23 acres of stunning views of the Willamette River, a carousel, open green space, play areas, paved walkways , a picnic pavilion and an 87-foot stern wheeler called the Willamette Queen!

Historic Deepwood

Historic Deepwood Estate is on the National Register of Historic Homes and is a popular destination for tourists and special events. The 1894 Queen Anne Victorian Home is located on 4 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens in the heart of Salem. The lush gardens are open daily.

Salem Carousel

This exquisite old-world style carousel features 42 hand-carved, hand-painted horses, 2 “Oregon Trail” wagons, and the music of a classic carousel organ. This unique gem found in Salem’s Riverfront Park was created by local artists who volunteered their time and talents carving, sanding, and painting the majestic creatures. The Salem Carousel is ranked among the nation’s best carousels and appeals to all ages.

Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill

This great museum is designated an American Treasure by the National Park Service and hosts outstanding exhibits and events throughout the year attracting thousands of visitors, history buffs, and school groups each year. The museum preserves the history of the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill and represents one of Oregon’s earliest and strongest industries.

A.C Gilbert’s Discovery Village

A hands on interactive children’s museum where kids can build and play using their imaginations. The Village consists of three distinct and colorful Victorian homes featuring a bubble room, frozen shadow room, and a giant anthill among other exhibits. The museum is located in Riverfront Park and was founded in 1989 by toy maker and an Olympic pole vaulting champion, A.C. Gilbert.

Historic Bush House

The Bush House (resuming tours in March 2016!) is the home of Asahel Bush, one of Salem’s most predominant citizens and founder of the Oregon Statesman newspaper and Ladd & Bush Bank. The charming Victorian estate was built in 1878 and is centered in Salem’s historic district on 100-acres of public park known as Bush’s Pasture Park. The Bush House is operated by the Salem Art Association and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Bush’s Pasture Park

Salem Oregon visitors and locals enjoy leisurely strolls though this 90.5 acre park that features 4 playgrounds for children; a Municipal Rose Garden; Historic Bush Museum; plenty of trees and open meadows making this a wonderful stop. This beautiful park is loved by Salem locals and is home to numerous festivals and cultural events through out the year.

Enchanted Forrest

This beloved Oregon attraction/Theme Park located just 5 miles from our hotel. Visitors enjoy the mystical forests and handcrafted feel to this popular attraction. Kids will love the rides, story book lane, a Haunted House, roller coaster and Big Timber Log Ride.

Also worth checking out-

If you wish to go off the beaten path and enjoy a more local experience, we recommend booking a complimentary tour with one the Salem Greeters. This program, sponsored by Travel Salem, is a guided, personalized tour of Downtown Salem, Oregon that lasts approximately 2 hours. Click here to learn more

Happy Exploring!