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Washington Park
#1 of 418 things to do in Portland
The International Rose test garden is free to visit, unlike the Japanese garden at $15. Extensive hiking trails lead through beautiful lush rain forest connecting to the Hoyt Arboretum, Portland zoo and Children’s...
Washington Park is shaping up to host thousands of Spring and Summer visitors, family and friends enjoying free concerts in the park or a Picnic surrounded by lush greens and roses that are famous all over the world.
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Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden
#6 of 418 things to do in Portland
Great place for a walk, wheel chair, photos, picnic, or just some respite on a busy day perfect for families and couples as well as groups, extra busy in spring but nice all year, better love ducks and geese as th...
There were many couples and families enjoying the many paths in the 7-acre garden, but there were also many secluded nooks with benches where you could sit quietly and watch the geese and ducks on the lake while d...
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Portland Farmers Market
#9 of 418 things to do in Portland
Great for families!
Hoyt Arboretum
#7 of 418 things to do in Portland
Beautiful area for walking as a couple/family or your ..lots of trails.. interesting facts and info on the trees..
I have come here alone, with my wife and with the wife and kids and it is always a great trip.
TriMet- Portland Streetcar
#16 of 418 things to do in Portland
They offer a bus to Multnomah falls and around to most parks in the Metro area and between the buses the Max the tram and the trolley- there are many fun rides for kids and visitors.
Family of four round trip on the 2.5 hour pass was under $8.
Tryon Creek State Natural Area
#15 of 418 things to do in Portland
Great trails, incredible views, and a learning center with bathrooms make it a perfect place for families.
Very professional and knowledgable staff who were patient with a variety of questions; from us big kids down to little ones exploring the forest for the first time.
Laurelhurst Park
#18 of 418 things to do in Portland
Wonderful park for walking, dogs, kids, picnic yoga you name it Portland has it all and you can see it and do it in the park, summer concerts and loads of weekday fun
I remember going there as a child dozens of times, great for walks lots of huge trees, feels safe to me
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Forest Park
#4 of 418 things to do in Portland
More like a walk or a stroll with people walking dogs, walking with children, walking as couples, or even the occasional jogger dashing by.
My family vacationed in Portland for a couple of weeks, and visited Forest Park 3 times--twice for morning runs, and once to spend several hours hiking the trails together.
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Tilikum Crossing
#13 of 418 things to do in Portland
Wonderful views and a wonderful place to exercise and spend a few quality minutes with friends or family.
The only problem is all the people that are walking on the bridge and not paying attention to anyone/thing around them - they block the paths and let their kids/dogs run all over the place.
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Mount Tabor Park
#25 of 418 things to do in Portland
It's a fantastic spot for light hiking, stair climbing, photography, cycling, running, large gatherings, small gatherings, solo contemplative walks, afternoon hangouts with kids, and stellar views of West Portland...
It's a beautiful little oasis in the middle of Southeast Portland and I highly recommend this place for couples and families alike.
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Oregon Zoo
#27 of 418 things to do in Portland
The animals are happy (most important), it is CLEAN, the zoo offers a variety of programs for children year round, concerts and shows on the big lawn, and the zoo itself offers spaces to be used for events.
Rain or shine, sleet or snow, the Oregon Zoo Lights is a wonderful family event that will quickly become a family tradition!
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Metropolitan Area Express (MAX)
#14 of 418 things to do in Portland
We visit Portland twice/year and take MAX from the airport to our lodging, and to meet friends and family nearly anywhere.
My family vacationed in Portland for a couple of weeks and rode the Max (Blue and Yellow lines, mostly) as much as possible.
Portland Children's Museum
#28 of 418 things to do in Portland
... to be involved while parents, grandparents, etc. relax and enjoy some active involvement or just allow the ever present well trained docents to "guide" the kids into exploring creative and imaginative activities.
Kids can participate in many different short interactive classes to make a variety of projects, play on a real stage in a theatre, interact with other children while playing in the miniature village and more!
Peninsula Park and Rose Gardens
#8 of 418 things to do in Portland
Beautiful park and garden, fun place to play with family and friends.
And then adjacent to the rose garden is a big field where there's a really fun playground for kids.
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
#29 of 418 things to do in Portland
The museum itself is a beautiful combination of hands on exploration, fun adventures, fascinating displays and awe-inspiring labs for children and those that are young at heart.
There are exhibits on many things scientific as well as a chemistry lab you and your kids can do little guided experiments, a planetarium, Imax theater, and a submarine you can tour.
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Multnomah County Central Library
#17 of 418 things to do in Portland
Really great librarians, tons of cool books, my kids love it here.
Bring the kiddos, so they can see the magic tree in the kids section.
Portland Aerial Tram
#36 of 418 things to do in Portland
For children as well as adults to identify these scenic places from the sky is a wonderful experience... Since its always crowded... Advise to book it online at least a week in advance.
I take all my visiting friends and family on a tram ride because I consider it a "must do" when you visit Portland.
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Portland Farmers Market
#34 of 418 things to do in Portland
Baird Family Orchard: incomparable cherries, peaches, nectarines, Sun Gold Farm: raspberries, green beans, and the sweetest yellow and white corn you will ever taste (good prices, too, always), Spring Hill Farm: I...
Vendors sell flowers, fruits, veggies, baked goods, cheeses, lavender products, organic meats, food, plants...a great place for single or family outings.
International Rose Test Garden
#5 of 418 things to do in Portland
... the slaughter and savagery of the war would forever eliminate some varieties of roses, established the garden, and here we are More than 700 kinds of roses, with wonderful names such as Julia Child or Hot Tamale.
Great for couples, families or a solo stroll- picnics are fun there too!
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Portland Saturday Market
#31 of 418 things to do in Portland
... tents and more shopping, grab locally made brews and enjoy the musical artists on stage while the kids play in the water works fountain and see other street performers like statue man and occasionally catch th...
Great vendors for a wide variety of items as well as a great food court ... fun for individuals and families.
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The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother
#10 of 418 things to do in Portland
My wife and I spent the day here in quiet meditation, with many troubles filling our hearts about family and friends.
They have volunteers helping everywhere and a couple of years we helped to let the kids learn about being a volunteer.
Tom McCall Waterfront Park
#39 of 418 things to do in Portland
It is used constantkly throughout the year to host events, concerts, circus, etc. excellant for families great for walking and seeing the beautiful river front of portland
It is alluring to adults and to kids on hot days... or just sitting and watching the folks stroll by.... a treat!
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Sauvie Island Wildlife Area
#37 of 418 things to do in Portland
Fresh vegetables to buy and fun things for the kids to do.
This is one of those places that I have been going to several time a year since I was a kid!
Lan Su Chinese Garden
#12 of 418 things to do in Portland
Most of the materials, including the rocks and buildings were imported from Suzhou to recreate the 16th century urban garden of a wealthy family who would have had a scholar in residence.
Although it was March, although it was overcast, the flowers were in bloom, various artists were making individual pieces for patrons, and the various groups of children performing traditional dances made for a sp...
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Oregon Historical Society
#30 of 418 things to do in Portland
And non-fiction and fiction books appropriate for Oregon history, geology, geography Downstairs also has rotating and visiting exhibits - but presently there is remodeling to put in interactive areas for children.
Well-designed tableaus and some fun interactive displays create a living history that engages kids and adults.
Portland Japanese Garden
#20 of 418 things to do in Portland
Fun time for multigenerational family outing - The new additions and entrance nicely add to an already wonderful treasure.
The Japanese garden is a great place to take a friend, family member, or simply go by yourself to find peace and quiet and enjoy some incredible landscaping.
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St. Johns Bridge
#23 of 418 things to do in Portland
Great park, beautiful vistas for photography, family friendly picnic areas, open areas for play, boat launch, free family fun, cool, romantic
A great place to take the kids and a picnic lunch and spend the day.
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Pioneer Courthouse Square
#45 of 418 things to do in Portland
Street corners next to the square host an assortment of invasive species, perfect for family outings and photo opportunities.
Also, they are having a Comic City exhibition that children could have their hands-on in drawing comics.
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Keller Auditorium
#32 of 418 things to do in Portland
We enjoyed watching children playing in the fountains on this hot summer day, and even more enjoyed the air conditioning inside Keller Auditorium.
great sits inside, comfortable- just a warning that front row on the balcony or boxes has a bar that I could just see over- definitely harder for kids
Washington Square
#44 of 418 things to do in Portland