From Oregon Zoo’s train ride inside its
stunning location within Washington
Park (adjacent to the Portland Children’s
Museum and Word Forestry Center) to the
dazzling display of a million and half lights
featured in its annual Zoo Lights Winter
Festival and its jam-packed Summer Concert
series there’s lots to take in at the Zoo – and
that’s before we even get to its world class
animal conservation program!
Experience the simple joys of a color-filled
stroll through the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, play in one of the city’s
many public fountains, or enjoy nighttime
Cosmic tubing with the kids on Mt. Hood.
Test your wheels at America's largest (and
best) roller skating rink located in one of the
10 oldest amusement parks in the country,
or walk through the nursery rhymes of your
childhood at the Enchanted Forest.
Learn about art, science, space and more
at one of the many area museums like the
combination Evergreen Aviation & Space
Museum (which doubles as a water park)
where you can see the Spruce Goose and
watch a movie from the pool – or keep it
low key with a cup of Chinese high tea
at the beautiful Lan Su Chinese Garden
in Portland’s Old Town/Chinatown. No
matter what you’re into, you’ll definitely
have a blast enjoying all the Portland area
has to offer.
For an overview of kid-friendly activities
and attractions, check out Travel Portland’s lineup at www.travelportland.com/
Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden
SE 28th Avenue & Woodstock Boulevard
Portland, OR 97202
This manicured, highly managed garden
nearly surrounded by Crystal Springs
Lake has an outstanding collection of
rhododendrons, azaleas, and other less-er-known ericaceous plants as well as many
companion plants and unusual trees. Admission is free to all from the day after Labor
Day through the month of February. A $4
admission fee is charged between 10 a.m.
and 6 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday,
March through Labor Day. Admission is
free for children under 12.
NW 29th Avenue & Upshur Street to
Newberry Road, Portland, OR 97231
An abundance of wildlife can be found
in Forest Park – the largest urban park
in the country. Forest Park’s extensive
system of trails, fire lanes and gravel roads
provide excellent opportunities for hiking,
walking, running, and simply escaping the
urban atmosphere. The 30-mile Wildwood
Trail in Forest Park is part of the region’s
40-Mile Loop trail system that links Forest
Park to pedestrian and trail routes along
the Columbia River to Gresham, through
southeast Portland, along the Willamette
Greenway, and back to the Marquam Trail
in southwest Portland.
1501 East Evergreen Boulevard
Vancouver, WA 98661
Once home to both fur traders and fighter
pilots, Fort Vancouver offers an authentic
look at life in the Pacific Northwest through
the past 200 years. Located just across the
Columbia River from Portland in Vancouver,
the region’s only national historic site is
centered around a complete replica of Fort
Vancouver, the fur-trading camp founded by
the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1825.
The fort served as the company’s headquarters west of the Rockies and housed the
Northwest’s first hospital, school, saw mill,
shipyard and more. Today, visitors can see
authentic demonstrations of period blacksmithing, carpentry, cooking and baking.
Begin your visit to the 366-acre campus with
a stop at the visitor center, where National
Park Service staff launch group tours and
offer tips on exploring the site on your own.
The center’s short introductory film, “One
Place Across Time,” also provides great
context for enjoying the area’s rich history.
Crystal Springs Garden. Photo courtesy of Travel Portland Photo courtesy of Travel Portland