Top 10 Things to do in Pendleton Oregon Part IV

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7) Go for a swim at the world class Pendleton Aquatic Center & Water Park

Pendleton Family Aquatic Center & Til Taylor Wading Pool

1901 NW Carden, Pendleton, OR
(541) 276-0104 June thru Aug
info/weather closures)
(541) 276-8100 Parks office

2011 Summer Season Hours: Daily, Noon to 8 pm beginning Thursday, June 9th through Labor Day weekend.

Directions: Take exit 207 from I-84 onto Westgate Road headed east, turn left at Northgate (approx. 1.8 miles), right on NW Carden, left at Pendleton High School entrance, parking on left above the pool.

The Pendleton Family Aquatic Center features gigantic water slides, over 200′ of open and closed tubes, three pools, family picnic facilities with gas grills, children’s water features and concessions. You can bring in your own food and drinks, no glass containers please. Float toys are also allowed but not water wings.

Children under 9 must be supervised; 48′ height requirement for big slides.

For information on swim lessons, pool parties, or pool shelter rentals, select the appropriate link to the left of this screen. Interested in renting the entire pool for a private party? Choose facility rental from the menu.

2011 Admission Fees – residents & non-residents
Ages 2 and under (with paying adult) FREE
Ages 3 to 17 $ 3.00
Ages 18 and over $ 4.50
Seniors 62+ $ 3.00
Early Bird Season Pass: from March 1 to June 8, 2011 you can purchase your season pass at a 10% discount from the regular rate shown below.
2011 Season Pass – family rate* applies to first 5 persons,
$10 for ea. additional person (season pass form)
Youth $ 50
Adult $ 55
Family $125

*Restrictions apply to the definition of family.

If you are low-income, you may qualify for a low-income pass. YOU MUST LIVE WITHIN THE PENDLETON CITY LIMITS. Download form here or pick up an application at Parks, 865 Tutuilla Road, Pendleton. Please follow instructions carefully.

Discount Punch Cards

Purchase a discount punch card for $30. Choose from a youth punch card with 12 punches ($36 value), or a multi-user card with 10 punches and the value depends on how it is used – if only used by an adult the value is $45 (10 visits X $4.50 daily admission). These can be purchased at the Parks office at 865 Tutuilla Road or at the pool when it opens after June 9.


Opens: Monday, June 20, 2011
Closed: Saturday, August 20, 2011
Hours: Monday – Saturday, Noon to 4 pm and 6:00-8:00 pm for a quiet evening by the pool after work.

Til Taylor’s wading pool has been a Pendleton favorite for 25 years! It is just the right size for little ones and a great spot for parents to relax a little too. The wading pool is intended for children 8 years and younger and they must be directly supervised. Clean swimming attire only. Pool attendant only on deck – no lifeguard on duty.

8) Learn your history at the Heritage Station Museum

About Us


The Umatilla County Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 1974, and each year’s Board of Directors has built upon the vision of its 100 charter members in providing the means to document and share local history.

An historic journal, Pioneer Trails, was first published in 1976. It continues to be printed three times annually to document the stories of the people, places and events in Umatilla County.

In 1981 contents of the Sturgis Museum at Blue Mountain Community College were donated to the Historical Society, the beginning of its collection of historic objects.

A storefront gallery opened as headquarters for the Historical Society in 1985. Limited exhibits were installed and Terrific Tuesdays, an educational program series began.

Arrangements were made to convert Pendleton’s train station to a museum in 1987. Renovations followed and the exhibits, programs, and collections came under one roof for the first time in 1988.

As the organization continued its steady growth, it became apparent that the Historical Society was outgrowing its space. A facility expansion was completed in the Fall of 2003. The depot was renovated for use as exhibit galleries, and a new entry building and preservation wing were constructed to provide space for a classroom, a museum store, offices, work space and artifact storage. The $2.8+ million project also included a courtyard, landscaping of the museum grounds, and construction of a small open-air amphitheater.


The Umatilla County Historical Society was organized to collect and preserve historical objects and stories unique to the Umatilla County region and uses them to strengthen present and future generations’ understanding of that history through exhibits and diverse programming.


Do you enjoy interesting stories and colorful anecdotes? Are you interested in delving deeper into local history? Join the Umatilla County Historical Society so that you won’t miss any of the publications; you’ll have unlimited free admission to Heritage Station Museum; and you’ll be notified of all programs and special events. You’ll also receive a couple of guest passes to treat friends or family!

Dues are $40 per individual, $50 per family, and $75 per business. Benefits include: three issues of Pioneer Trails, the Heritage Station Newsletter, notices of special events, discounts on activities and in the Museum Store. You’ll be helping to support Historical Society programming at the same time.

Gift memberships are thoughtful ways to provide a year of enjoyment for the recipient. We’ll be happy to send a card to the recipient announcing your gift, or send the new member materials to you to personally present.

Getting started is easy: mail your check with member’s name, address and telephone number to Heritage Station Museum, P.O. Box 253, Pendleton, OR 97801. To use your credit card you may use the above address or call 541-276-0012.

Volunteer Opportunities

Do you enjoy meeting people from all over the world?  Would you like to make new friends and work with dedicated, community-service oriented individuals? Do you have a passion for preserving and sharing local heritage and history?  If so, consider joining the ranks of volunteer staff at Heritage Station Museum.  Opportunities to be involved are numerous and varied.

If you are creative or handy with tools you might enjoy assembling exhibits or maintaining the facility.  If you enjoy organizing events or planning programs Terrific Tuesdays may be your niche.  If development and marketing bring you fulfillment, fundraising events and opportunities abound.  Managing the collection offers the opportunity to catalog and pack artifacts or to establish and maintain research archives.  Gallery and Store Attendants are on the ‘front line’, welcoming all who stop by Heritage Station Museum.

Call 541-276-0012 and ask how you can be involved.  You will be given a volunteer application with a list of opportunities to consider.  The Museum Manager will help match your schedule and interests with one of a variety of interesting job possibilities.  Any amount of time you can volunteer is appreciated, whether weekly, monthly or just for a special event or project.  All necessary training will be provided and you’ll be included in special volunteer-only activities.

Get on board at Heritage Station — you’ll be glad you did!

Gift Opportunities

The Umatilla County Historical Society is a non-rofit organization that is supported by dues, donations, grants, sponsorships and fundraising events. Because it is designated as a 501(c)(3) entity, all contributions are tax-deductible.

Donations support the annual operations and special projects (e.g. the Byrd School, the Homestead exhibit, and Capital Improvements). Occasionally, special projects provide naming opportunities. The Historical Society also has an Endowment Fund which provides long term stability.

For more information about these and other projects and to learn how you can support the Historical Society, now or through an estate gift, please talk with the Development Director.


From time to time Heritage Station Museum facilities are available to rent for non-museum events. The following areas may be available for rental: classroom, Pendleton Foundation Trust Gallery, courtyard, or the entire facility. To check availability and pricing call the Museum Manager

The Museum is open with new exhibits.

Umatilla County is at the hub of transportation routes east-west and north-south, used by Indian tribes, explorers, trappers, pioneers, and travelers of today.

The region’s varied terrain and abundant natural resources attracted people whose diverse traditions, ingenuity and perseverance have made it their ‘home’. Indian tribes, mountain men, missionaries, and emigrants have all made their mark on this region.

Heritage Station, The Umatilla County Historical Museum, is telling the story of this region’s unique heritage. It’s a BIG story, so exhibits are not static. They change often to portray local history from a variety of perspectives, utilizing historic objects and information from the museum archives. The Museum also hosts touring exhibits and showcases private collections.

Heritage Station Museum provides something for all ages and interests. Stop by and experience the region’s fascinating story. Explore a wide variety of interesting topics through the Museum’s special events. Enjoy publications which inform and entertain. Extend your museum experience with books, educational toys, and other treasures from the Museum Store.

How to find the Museum:

Heritage Station Museum is located in downtown Pendleton, just a block from Main Street. From 1-84 exit 210, drive north toward Pendleton’s City Center. Turn left a Court Avenue and left again on Southwest 2nd. Continue on SW 2nd into the Museum parking lot.

Museum Hours and Admission Fees:

The Museum’s regular hours are 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Tuesday thru Saturday.  Admission is $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for students, $4.00 for Seniors, $10.00 for a family, members are free.


108 S.W. Frazer
P.O. Box 253
Pendleton, OR   97801

(541) 276-0012
(541) 276-7989 (fax)

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