- Our list of the best things to do in Salem, Oregon, features the top 172 nearby activities — including 85 great attractions with user approval ratings of 90% or more!
- Salem, OR has a variety of great sights and experiences nearby. Top categories include: Food & Drink, Outdoor Places, Entertainment & Shows, and Museums & Galleries.
- The results below include the top 36 things to do within the city of Salem, OR , followed by 136 popular activities in nearby cities, including Dundee, Albany, Dayton, Newberg, McMinnville, Keizer, Aurora, Canby, Carlton, Molalla, Corvallis, Wilsonville and Welches
Unlike many carousels, the Riverfront Carousel was created with over 80,000 hours of volunteer labor starting in 1995. The hand-carved wooden horses on the carousel are located inside a building that is closed to the elements in the winter, and open to the river breezes in the summer.
Schreiner's Iris Gardens has won the Dykes Memorial Medal from the American Iris Society 11 times for the irises that it grows on their 200 acres of land. From May to July, visitors can view 10-acres of the irises free.
As of 2013, native grasses are being restored to the Minto Brown Park. Visitors can expect to see this restoration, along with a large off-leash area for pets, and 14 hiking trails ranging from .11 miles to 1.89 miles.
Patrons can find over 350,000 items including print books, audio books, DVDs, videos, music CDs, cassettes, public computers, meeting space, and art shows at the Salem Public Library. Visitors can also view a small art gallery.
With its grand architecture, Victorian gardens and intricate stained glass, the Historic Deepwood Estate is a must-see for locals and visitors to Salem. The estates rich history began in 1893, and today the grounds are available for weddings and private events.
Since 1926 the Elsinore Theatre has been entertaining Salem patrons with exceptional stage entertainment. The theatre puts on an array of musicals, stage plays, comedy shows and concert performances throughout the year.
Since Roger Tofte envisioned turning his backyard into a storybook wonderland for his small daughters, Enchanted Forest Theme Park has been enchanting its small visitors. The park offers kiddie rides based on popular classic stories.
Cristom Vineyards specializes in making quality artisanal single vineyard Pinot Noirs in multiple varieties. The vineyard also makes other wines, including Chardonnays, Viogniers, Pinot Gris, and Syrah, and welcomes visitors for tours and tastings.
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Offering a unique, and extensive, selection of wines, Honeywood Winery is a wine shop and tasting room. The shop offers interesting flavors such as golden pineapple wines, an apricot supreme, and the more traditional options such as pinot noir and chardonnay.