St. Helens Travel: 7 Recreational Activities for Families

BBOnline has compiled a handy St. Helens travel itinerary for your holiday pleasure which includes the delights of paddling, hiking, biking and festive fun for the entire family.

A Halloween Blast at Riverfront Park
St. Helens, Oregon 97051
www.pdxfamilyadventures.com

Many scenes from the films "Twilight" and "Halloweentown" were filmed on the riverfront in St. Helens. On Halloween weekend every year, many sections of the Old Towne are decked out for this exciting festival. Even shopkeepers turn into ghouls and goblins for a couple of days. The action takes place on the historic riverfront. There's good food, live music, games and much more for families to enjoy. Get into costume and be rewarded with special offers and discounts. The kids also get free goodies like apple pie and ice cream. There's even a store here where you'll find costumes. You could also go on a Halloween cruise to Sand Island or take the popular Twilight Tour. No St. Helens travel plan is complete without this unique Halloween experience. Make sure you're in your St. Helens Bed and Breakfast in October.

13 Nights on the River Concert Series
The Riverfront Park
St. Helens, Oregon 97051
www.13nightsontheriver.com

On Thursday nights from June to the end of September, the Columbia View Amphitheater on the riverfront hosts a series of concerts. There's an open air market, food and some shopping.

Prescott Beach County Park
73125 Prescott Beach Drive
Rainier, Oregon 97048
(503) 397-2353

Just 14 miles away, this park is worth adding to your St. Helens travel plans. The 71-acre day-use park is a fantastic place for windsurfing on the beautiful Columbia River. You can have a picnic here in the picnic shelter and play volleyball. The kids will enjoy the playground.

Sand Island Park
Saint Helens, Oregon 97051

Located just 10 minutes by free shuttle from the St. Helens Marina Dock, this 42-acre island boasts acres of sandy beaches. There are many picnic tables on the sands as well as campsites among the cottonwood trees. The island is a popular stop for boaters. The St. Helens Marina has a boat launch in case you want to explore Sand Island on your own.  
   
Columbia County Fair
Columbia County Fairgrounds
58892 Saulser Road
Saint Helens, Oregon 97051
www.columbiacountyeventcomplex.com

Your family will have a grand time at this fair held in July every year. Some of its entertaining features are a rodeo (even one for kids), carnival, live music and a talent show. Even the grandparents will find something to do.  
    
Paddling at Scappoose Bay
Scappoose Bay Marine Park
57420 Old Portland Road
Warren, Oregon 97053
(503) 397-2161
www.scappoosebaykayaking.com

The bay is a favorite haunt for kayakers and bird watchers, and it's a pretty secluded and peaceful area just 7 miles from St. Helens. These wetlands harbor migratory birds, turtles, bank beavers, otters and ospreys. The tour operators offer a range of tours and cruises including the wetland tour, nocturnal cruises and one to a lighthouse beach. Make a place for one of these tours on your St. Helens travel itinerary.

Hike and Bike in Scappoose
www.oregonstateparks.org

This is beautiful country for hiking and biking. You'll see wildflowers, streams and birds. The Vernonia-Banks Linear Trail from Scappoose to the nearby city of Vernonia is an abandoned 21-mile railroad. It's also open to horseback riding, inline skating and cross country skiing. A trip to Scappoose is definitely a worthwhile family outing from your cozy St. Helens Inn.