visitors shed the concerns of the outside
world. The Strolling Pond Garden would
be a display of wealth in Japan, but in this
case reflects the rich landscape, with a bridge
zigzagging through beds of iris by a waterfall.
The Natural Garden is full of leafy trees and
plants, deliberately placed to show off their
changes through the seasons. Designed before
Zen Buddhism became popular in the U. S., the
Sand and Stone Garden uses the elements as
focal points for quiet contemplation. And the
Flat Garden, which can be best enjoyed from
the garden’s pavilion, is reminiscent of a landscape portrait, combining various elements
into a serene, four-season tableau. Guided
tours are included with cost of admission, and
the garden also hosts frequent events.
Portland Saturday Market
2 SW Naito Parkway
Portland, OR 97204; 503-222-6072
Enjoy a distinctive experience at Portland
Saturday Market, the nation’s largest weekly
open-air arts and crafts market. Stroll down
row upon row of unique creations made by
the people who sell them, and enjoy live
music and international snacks. Located in
Waterfront Park, at the Skidmore Fountain
MAX station. Make a $25 purchase and
receive a free TriMet ticket or a two-hour
parking validation at any Smart Park garage.
Open rain or shine, Saturday from 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4: 30
p.m., March through December 24; free.
World Forestry Center Discovery Museum
4033 SW Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221
The family-focused World Forestry Center
Discovery Museum features interactive
exhibits designed to educate visitors about
the sustainability of forests and trees of the
Pacific Northwest and around the world.
World of Speed
27490 SW 95th Avenue, Wilsonville, OR 97070
The World of Speed is an educational
motorsports museum located in Wilsonville,
Stand next to a replica Daytona 500 banking
turn outfitted with four legendary race cars,
including Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s 2000 Chevy
Impala, and trace the history of land speed
records with the room-length “Zero to 1000
MPH” timeline. Test your own driving
skills behind the wheel of retired NASCAR,
Formula One and Indy cars converted into
racing simulators, or pose for photos in a car
that was raced by Danica Patrick.
Audubon Society of Portland
The 4. 5 miles of maintained trails at the
Audubon Society of Portland, a 143-acre wildlife nature sanctuary, take visitors through a
mixed coniferous forest, streams, ponds and
native vegetation, all within minutes of downtown Portland. The Audubon House features
an interpretive center, nature store with products for wildlife and nature viewing as well as
products from local artists.
Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge is a 140-acre
( 56.7-hectare) wetland just east of the
Willamette River in Sellwood and is a
birdwatchers’ paradise. Many species are
attracted to the marshes of Portland’s first
wildlife refuge, including the city’s official
bird, the great blue heron.
Jackson Bottom Wetland Preserve
This 650-acre wildlife preserve west of
Portland in Hillsboro, Ore., features
expansive wetlands and an abundance of
wildlife viewing opportunities. Jackson
Bottom Wetland Preserve amenities include a community center with
interpretive displays and restrooms, a
platform and additional trails. Free and
open from dawn to dusk.
Sauvie Island Wildlife Area
On the outskirts of Portland in the Columbia
River, Sauvie Island is a rural oasis, where
visitors can pick seasonal fruits and vegetables
or sample local treats from field stands and
farmers’ markets. Parks, beaches and wetlands
attract wildlife and nature lovers alike. Fall
brings bright colors, pumpkin patches — even
a corn maze to weave through.
Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge
Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge is a
place to discover an ever-changing panorama
of wildlife. As the seasons change, so do
the wildlife viewing opportunities. Located
on the Pacific Flyway, the Refuge is an
important stopover where migrating waterfowl, songbirds, and shorebirds stop to rest,
refuel, and raise their young.
Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area
The largest protected wetlands within a U.S.
city, Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural
Area is 205-acre waterway and haven
for many animal species, and heaven for
nature-seeking hikers, bikers and kayakers.
Composed of two lakes (the Smith and
the Bybee), this public parkland is home
to beavers, black-tailed deer and even bald
eagles, which can be seen from two wildlife-viewing platforms.
For an overview of kid-friendly activities and attractions, check out Travel
Portland’s lineup at www.travelportland.