Things to Do in Hermiston

Activities For the Family

Hermiston Parks & Recreation
Programs galore offered for both kids and adults year-round.

Desert Lanes Bowling Alley & Arcade
Sixteen-lane bowling alley with restaurant, lounge and arcade. Perfect for parties and family game nights.

Kik’s Golf Center
Year-round golf practice center with covered and natural grass hitting areas. The facility has a short game area for clipping and putting.

The SAGE Center
An interactive center that highlights sustainable agriculture and energy. Developed by the Port of Morrow in Boardman, the SAGE Center gives visitors a unique opportunity to learn about the technology that takes place locally within the Port of Morrow and region without visiting each industry. Enjoy activities for the whole family year-round.


Hermiston Chamber of Commerce
& Visitor’s Center
415 S. Hwy. 395 Hermiston, OR 97838
(541) 567-6151

Hermiston Aquatic Center
Jump in and make a big splash at the Hermiston Family Aquatic Center at the base of the Hermiston Butte. Water slides, spray toys, diving boards and a lazy river are great ways to beat the heat in the summer. Relax at picnic tables and in the shade. The season opens in June. Swim lessons and exercise classes are offered throughout the day to accommodate everyone. Visit or call (541) 289-POOL.

355 West Theatre Lane | Hermiston, OR 97838
Bargain Tuesday • Gift Certificates • On Screen Adverting • Birthday Parties. See the latest movies on the big screens. Enjoy Dolby Digital sound, stadium seating and luxurious surroundings.

Two symphonies; one Eastern Oregon

Eastern Oregon is home to both the Oregon East Symphony and Inland Northwest Musicians.Inland Northwest Musicians ensembles have performed over 400 concerts in more than 50 communities in Eastern Oregon and Southeast Washington. It is the only truly regional classical music organization in the Pacific Northwest.

Inland Northwest Musicians operates several performing ensembles:

Less experienced musicians of all ages (including adults) are welcome to participate in these last two ensembles.

Most musicians performing in the various Inland Northwest Musicians ensembles are volunteers.

R. Lee Friese serves as music director and conductor for all ensembles. He has a master’s degree in both choral and instrumental conducting from Bowling Green University in Ohio. He has over 30 years experience in conducting and in music education, and was founding conductor and music director of the Oregon East Symphony. Friese was one of the core founders of Inland Northwest Musicians in 1999.

Visit Inland Northwest Musicians at for more information on programs and performances.

Oregon East Symphony

Established in 1986, the Oregon East Symphony’s mission is to “operate, support and maintain a symphony orchestra, ensembles, chorale and youth classical music program in order to enhance the cultural wealth of the region through education and performance.”

For over 30 years, the Oregon East Symphony & Chorale has provided Pendleton and its surrounding rural region with high-quality musical experiences and events. A volunteer board of directors guides the organization, which is administered by a management team consisting of an executive director, program manager, publications manager and office manager. This team, with the help of many devoted volunteers, facilitates six diverse season concerts, fundraising events and a host of comprehensive musical education programs.

Music Director and Conductor Beau Benson, travels from Waco, Texas, to rehearse and conduct three symphony performances. Bruce Walker is assistant conductor and conductor for the A Sharp Players. Steve Muller, from Pendleton, is Chorale Director.

Musicians with the Oregon East Symphony & Chorale come from around the Pacific Northwest region to play. They hail from as far away as Portland, Eugene, Joseph, Baker City and La Grande in Oregon; and Spokane, Pullman, Vancouver, Tacoma, Ellensburg, Yakima, Tri-Cities and Walla Walla in Washington. The symphony encourages all musicians, young and old, to find their musical roots and join in the music. You will always be welcome in the orchestra that fits your level of performance.

In addition to its regular concert series, the symphony is committed to a unique and comprehensive youth music education project (Playing for Keeps) that supports, among other activities, two preparatory orchestras, a mentorship program for young musicians, scholarships for instrument rentals and music lessons and free concert tickets for students.

Inland Northwest Orchestra
A full symphony orchestra of approximately 50 members, with rehearsals held in Pendleton.

Inland Northwest Chorale
A symphonic chorale group composed of approximately 40 singers, with rehearsals held in Pendleton.

Willow Creek Symphony

This west-oriented youth/preparatory orchestra consists of approximately 30 members, currently rehearsing in Hermiston.Telling the Storyof Umatilla County!Ever wonder just what it might be like to live in a one-room log home, built by hand, back in the 1800s? What does a one-room schoolhouse really look like?

Find out at Heritage Station Museum! The Umatilla County Historical Society’s museum in downtown Pendleton is housed in the former train depot turned museum that proudly tells the story of Umatilla County.

Take a trip through time and learn how Umatilla County became what it is today. Two galleries are filled with exhibits showcasing photos and artifacts that all relate to Umatilla County. Outside, step inside the Byrd School, a real one-room school house that was carefully relocated to the Heritage Station grounds. Climb aboard the fully refurbished 1909 Union Pacific Caboose and step inside the Fix Family’s one-room log cabin, built by Monrod Fix that once housed his family outside of Pilot Rock.

In 2018, UCHS began two major projects thanks to grants and contributions. Umatilla Gold, an exhibit that tells of the impact one crop had on Umatilla County: Wheat. Outside, the last building to be renovated on the property, the Signal House, contains a new exhibit celebrating the military history of Umatilla County.

Bring the family and enjoy a relaxing, self-guided tour of the museum. While you’re here, find out how you can be a part of history and telling the story.

25 Things to Do in Hermiston OR
  1. Savor the flavor of locally brewed beer at Hermiston Brewing Co.
  2. Cheer at Farm City Pro Rodeo in August.
  3. Check out the livestock barns at the Umatilla County Fair in August.
  4. Buy local produce at Bellinger Farms, Alive and Well or at Hermiston’s Own Saturday Market.
  5. Fish on the Columbia and Umatilla Rivers and visit Cold Springs Reservoir.
  6. Learn about the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla Indian tribes at Tamastskilt Cultural Center in Pendleton.
  7. Learn about agriculture in our region take in the SAGE Center.
  8. Golf at Wildhorse Resort & Casino.
  9. Splash at Hermiston Aquatic Center.
  10. Catch a movie at Hermiston Stadium 8 Cinema.
  11. Hike at Hat Rock State Park and visit the McNary Wildlife habitat.
  12. Indulge with lavender products at the Purple Ridge Lavender Farm.
  13. Visit one of the local boutiques for new apparel, jewelry or shoes.
  14. Attend Downtown District and Bellinger Farms First Thursday events.
  15. Try authentic Mexican cuisine at lxtapa and Rio Express or dine at one of the local restaurants.
  16. Roll a lucky strike at Desert Lanes Bowling Alley.
  17. Enroll in a college class at Blue Mountain Community College or Eastern Oregon University.
  18. Perk up at one of the local coffee shops.
  19. Laugh at Melonville Comedy Festival in January.
  20. Cruise the Columbia River in a boat, Jet Ski, canoe, kayak or paddle board your way on this mighty river.
  21. Pamper yourself at one of the local day spas.
  22. Read a book at the Hermiston Public Library.
  23. Swing and slide at one of the local parks and don’t forget to visit Funland Park.
  24. Treat yourself to a fresh bouquet of flowers at one of our flower shops.
  25. Shop for a new ride at one of our local auto dealers or a motorcycle at Honda Yamaha Cycletown.