Eugene is one of the big cities in Oregon. Though it is a big city with a major college, the University of Oregon, it still has a country feeling. There are shopping centers and malls like Valley River Center, but there is also plenty of nature to see. The people are friendly and not as pushy as in other big cities like New York. Eugene is a nice city to visit, especially in the summer.
Eugene museums are some of the main attractions. There are art museums like the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art which is located a little over four miles from the Eugene City Center. This museum displays beautiful, Asian art. The Studio West Glassblowing Studio and Gallery is another artsy place to visit. The people at this studio will teach people how to make their own blown glass ornaments, floats or bowls. There are also professional demos open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays. This studio is less than a mile away from the City Center. For museums about Eugene history, visit the Museum of Natural and Cultural History. This museum even has a 9,000 year old pair of shoes. There is also the Shelton-McMurphey-Johnson House located on the slope of Skinner Butte. This is a historical house museum full of antiques. This house is 120 years old. Tours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. The Oregon Air and Space Museum is a neat place to visit also. They showcase experimental aircrafts.
For anyone who loves nature it is easy to find a scenic area to visit in Eugene. The Cascades Raptor Center is located in south Eugene on a wooded hillside. This is a nature center and wildlife hospital. There are at least 60 birds from 33 native species. There are pygmy owls, bald and golden eagles just to name a few. This is open Tuesday through Sunday. There are also many parks such as Skinner Butte Park and Alton Baker Park. There are many trails for walking and biking in these parks and around Eugene. Pre's Trail is on of the more popular running paths. It is sometimes called "Tracktown USA." It is a 3.8 miles riverside loop in Alton Baker Park. The Willamette River bike trail is a popular trail for bicycles. It is a 6 mile trail along the beautiful Willamette River.
The Saturday Market is an attractions not to be missed. There are many booths with various merchandise such as handcrafted soap, wood work and clothing. There is also free entertainment and music. The Hult Center Performing Arts indoor stadium has many theatrical events such as symphonies, children's plays, concerts and more. There is much entertainment in this city and the surrounding areas.