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John Repplinger, Science Librarian: Salem Area Suggestions

Salem Area Attractions

Salem-Keizer Volcanos


Salem-Keizer Volcano's Baseball is just off of I-5 in north Keizer.
They chartered a new league called the Mavericks as of January 2021.

Bush's Pasture Park


Bush's Pasture Park is a 90 acre park with open meadows and wooded
areas in downtown Salem, next to Willamette University's McCulloch Stadium. 

In the spring, Camas lilies bloom under the oak trees on the east side of the park.
The Salem Art Fair and Festival is held annually in July and draws hundreds of
artists throughout the northwest. The autumn foliage of plants and trees throughout
the park are amazing. The park features baseball fields, tennis courts, horseshoes,
jogging and biking paths, stages, and picnic tables. 

Mission Mill Museum


Mission Mill Museum & Willamette Heritage Center is across 12th Street from
Willamette University. They offer tours and periodically demonstrate how the mill
operated by water power, and provide historic accounts about the 14 historic
structures. Each winter they string out lights in an impressive light display.

Hallie Ford Museum


Hallie Ford Museum has rotating exhibits from artists all around the northwest.
With one of the most significant collections of Northwest art, it is a leader in the
research on the art of the Northwest, in addition to diverse collections of Ancient,
European, American, and Asian works.

Minto-Brown Park


Minto-Brown Park is larger than Central Park in New York City. Explore 1,200
acres of open and wooded areas on foot or with a bike. Observe osprey, blue
herons, rabbits, bald eagles, and red-tailed hawks.

Oregon Gardens Lights Display

The Oregon Gardens are located in nearby Silverton and showcase a
stunning 80-acre collection of over 20 specialty gardens, including a
"Hobbit House." They also provide an interactive light display during
the winter.

Salem Saturday Market


The Saturday Market is a few blocks away from campus. It features local
produce, flowers, meat/dairy, nursery products, plus countless arts and
crafts, and handmade/handcrafted products.

Salem Pioneer Cemetery


Salem Pioneer Cemetery a scenic and peaceful cemetery that have some
of Oregon's oldest gravestones from the original pioneers.

River Front Park


Riverfront Park is the premier park in downtown Salem that links Minto Brown
park with the Wallace Marine park. It is the home to many of Salem's annual
events, including the World Beat Festival, 4th of July Celebration, Summer
Movies in the Park, and Holiday Tree Lighting, as well as the Riverfront Carousel,
A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village, the Willamette Queen sternwheeler, outdoor
amphitheater, splash pad, and even a temporary ice skating rink. 

Martha Springer Botanical Garden


Martha Springer Botanical Garden is located on Willamette's campus along the
Mill Stream (north and east sides of the Sparks gym). There are 12 smaller
gardens, including a butterfly garden, herb garden, alpine rock garden, theme 
borders, and ethnobotany gardens.

Oregon State Capitol Building


Oregon State Capitol Building is across State Street. View the statues of
important leaders of Oregon's past, columns from the previous capitol 
buildings, the Governor's ceremonial office, the Walk of Flags of each
state and the nine federally recognized tribes in Oregon, the Golden
Pioneer on the Capitol's rotunda, the Grand Entrance and legislative
wings, and the famous cherry tree blossoms each spring. 

Willamette University

Willamette University Libraries

Mark O. Hatfield Library
900 State Street.
Salem Oregon 97301
Pacific Northwest College of Art Library
511 NW Broadway.
Portland Oregon 97209