Salem offers unique historical attractions and cultural arts including non-profit theater, music, dance, literature, art associations, historical museums, and art galleries. Salem’s Riverfront Park hosts a variety of events and is home to an outdoor amphitheater, Salem’s Riverfront Carousel, and Gilbert House Children’s Museum. Salem’s Downtown features unique boutiques, restaurants, breweries, cideries, and bakeries.
Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the City’s more than 2,100 acres of parkland and outdoor activities including golfing, cycling, fishing and boating, or enjoying picturesque settings and an abundance of wildlife. Salem earned bronze Bicycle Friendly Community and was ranked by Bicycle Magazine as one of the top 50 cities in the U.S. for biking. Sports enthusiasts enjoy watching Willamette University sports, minor-league baseball at the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes Stadium, or catching the Cascade Surge Soccer team in Bush’s Pasture Park. Wallace Sports Complex hosts local, regional, and national softball and soccer competitions, bringing in over $3.5 million to the local economy. During summer months, visitors can rent paddle boards to explore the Willamette River.