Visiting Portland, Oregon With Kids

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Lizzie Lau

Portland will likely become one of your favorite cities. It’s known for natural beauty, laid back residents, fun attractions, terrific cuisine and over 100 breweries.  Adults and kids alike will find themselves entertained here, so if you’re thinking of visiting Portland with kids, don’t hesitate.

Be prepared for rain, but don’t let bad weather put a damper on your fun.  There are tons of things to do indoors as well as out.

Portland Attractions

Washington Park is a 410 acre wooded public urban park and includes the Oregon Zoo, World Forestry Center, Hoyt Arboretum, the Portland Children’s Museum, International Rose Test Garden, Japanese Garden, memorials, archery range, tennis courts, soccer field, picnic areas, massive playgrounds, public art and miles of trails.

Saturday Market – Every Saturday and Sunday from March through Christmas Eve the Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood is transformed into a massive arts and crafts open-air marketplace with over 300 local artisans.  You can enjoy live music here, great food, and the kids will love the free activities at the Kids Korner.

Pittock Mansion is a historic house museum in Portland, Oregon operated by Pittock Mansion Society in collaboration with Portland Parks & Recreation.  Oh yeah, and it might be haunted…

Ira Keller Fountain Park – this downtown park opened in 1970 and the central feature of the park is the concrete water fountain designed by Angela Danadjieva using inspiration from waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge located east of Portland.  My nephew Ryan had fun here recently.  Photos by my niece, Ally Schill Photography.

Oaks Park Amusement Park – Located in Portland’s historic Sellwood neighborhood, Oaks Park has been in business since 1905! The amusement park is closed for the winter (October 1, 2018 – March 22, 2019), but the roller skating rink is open year round.

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry – Check out the calendar on their website, some of the world’s best science exhibits visit Portland. The Discovery of King Tut opens this weekend!

Oregon Maritime Museum – The museum’s steam sternwheeler Portland is moored at the Willamette River in downtown Portland’s Waterfront Park. Don’t miss this great opportunity to explore the last operating sternwheel steam tug in the United States.

Tom McCall Waterfront Park – This is a great place to let the kids cool off in the Salmon Street Springs fountain on a hot day.

If you have time, for a day trip out of the city, or even better to spend a few nights at the beach, I highly recommend Cannon Beach.

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Visiting Portland, Oregon With Kids

14 thoughts on “Visiting Portland, Oregon With Kids”

  1. Sounds like amazing place to visit. So much fun activities for kids too. Thanks for this impressive guide. It’s definitely a keeper.

  2. Oregon looks like a beautiful place to visit with kids. Glad to know that there are plenty of indoor attractions too!

  3. What a beautiful place to visit! I bet my kids will enjoy to explore Oregon, soon! I just also hope that things can go back the way we use to travel after this pandemic.

  4. My family and I discovered coastal Oregon about five years ago and found it to be one of the most amazing places in the world, I wish I had been able to take them up to Portland which I have previously visited and love. BTW – I love the temporary update to your blog name. I feel you!

  5. We’ve never explored any part of the West Coast yet. But we definitely would love to go road trippin’ there one day and first stop would be Portland. 🙂

  6. I have never been to Oregon but it seems like a great destination for adults as well as young children. I know the natural beauty of Portland would be so nice to experience.

  7. The beauty of Portland is fascinating. It must be a great thing to visit this wonderful place. every location is much enjoyable. Hope to visit soon. Thanks for sharing the post.

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