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    Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

    33 reviews

    Simply one of the best children's museums anywhere. School age kids love it, and there's stuff to keep mom and dad entertained too. Worth the trip.

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    Multnomah Falls

    71 reviews

    I'm quite the acrophobe but Multnomah is nothing extreme and plenty fun. The waterfall is beautiful and the bridge near the center is a classic place for the gorgeous view. It's a nice place for a short, populated hike and to get a bit of nature. I've been coming here since I was a kid, it's great for family hikes.

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    Powell's City of Books

    109 reviews

    The biggest bookstore I have ever seen. This has got to be the coolest bookstore that has everything you want, need, and more. Even just taking a look around this bookstore will get you satisfied. If you ever get a chance to come to Portland, be sure to check this place out. Cheers!

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  • 4

    Portland Saturday Market

    39 reviews

    Portland Saturday Market is always fun to explore on the weekends on the waterfront. You can find food, little trinkets, clothes, jewelry, and almost everything else. You'll see a lot of hipsters around but it's Portland, of course. It's a fun place to hang out and people-watch too! Things aren't always cheap, but it's fun to "window-shop."

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    International Rose Test Garden

    30 reviews

    Absolutely beautiful! Even during the winter, the roses are just amazing. With so many varieties, even an avid rose connoisseur is sure to find something new to admire. It's beautiful and educational at the same time!

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    Japanese Garden

    28 reviews

    One of the many natural wonderlands inside Portland's city limits, this gorgeous, tranquil park is a network of five different styles of Japanese garden, including a zen rock garden and a tea house. You could easily spend an entire afternoon walking, sitting, and drinking tea here, or make a day of it and visit the other sites nearby, including the ...

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    Forest Park

    19 reviews

    One of the biggest innercity parks in the country, Forest Park encompasses miles of woodland trails, and is super popular with hikers and joggers. The most popular trail here is the Wildwood Trail, which is around 30 miles long and connects Forest Park to the adjacent Washington Park (where you'll find the zoo, the Rose Garden, the Children's Museum, and ...

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    Washington Park

    19 reviews

    This is a MUST! This park is huge, beautiful and has everything! It has a beautiful international rose test garden (free), a Japanese garden (adult $9.50, children under 5 free), the oregon zoo (adults $10.50, children 2 and under free), the Children's museum (museum members free), paths galore, and although I don't remember off the top of my head, I ...

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  • 9

    Oregon Zoo

    40 reviews

    It's a beautiful zoo with lots of exhibits and places to venture. It's always pleasantly crowded, so it's not insanely packed nor empty. I really enjoyed the aquariums and polar bear exhibit, and there's a large park area for picnics and enjoying the sun. For food, I had my first elephant ears here (deep-fried dough with cinnamon and sugar) and ...

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  • 10

    Tom McCall Waterfront Park

    26 reviews

    Beautiful Park along the Willamette River. Walk, rent a bike, jog. Also where many of our festivals are held.

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    Mount Tabor Park

    15 reviews

    Mount Tabor is the name of a volcanic cinder cone, the city park on the volcano, and the neighborhood of Southeast Portland that surrounds The name refers to Mount Tabor, Israel. It was named by Plympton Kelly, son of Oregon City pioneer resident Clinton Kelly. Before becoming part of Portland in 1905, Mount Tabor was a rural farming community dating ...

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    Portland Children's Museum

    3 reviews

    Expensive but excellent spot for your child to run around for hours on end. As a parent, it can be overwhelming with the mixed aged children, but it's an excellent opportunity for kids to learn and share their experiences. The new outdoor trail is a must see and is toddler friendly.

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  • 13

    Pittock Mansion

    20 reviews

    Beautiful building with gorgeous views of Portland to check out. You can drive up or hike on the Wildwood Trail to visit the mansion. I've read that it's haunted... It costs $9.50 for adults to get in and they decorate the place during the holidays.

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  • 14

    Cathedral Park

    2 reviews

    This is a remarkable space for a park under a bridge. With a beautiful view of the Willamette and Forest Park, it makes for a great spot for a picnic, people watching and dog walking. And then there is the gorgeous St. Johns bridge...

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  • 15

    Laurelhurst Park

    6 reviews

    I used to play here all the time when I was a kid. Can you say 1990 lazertag at night with 20+ people. We would probably be shot on site nowadays for something like that.

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    Pioneer Courthouse Square

    34 reviews

    Many events are held here including outdoor concerts, festivals, etc.

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  • 17

    Classical Chinese Garden

    9 reviews

    In downtown's Old Town and Chinatown historic district, this petite garden is a wonderful surprise. You might think from the semi-steep price of admission and the down-and-out streets nearby that this garden is isn't worth making time for. Wrong. Landscape architects from China came over expressly to build this garden from the ground up. It's even diverting for kids, with ...

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  • 18

    Gabriel Park

    2 reviews

    This is my Son's neighborhood park and at 90+ acres, it's relatively huge. It has plenty of space to walk around in it's nicely wooded expanse, and has the other stuff that folks like including a baseball field, basketball court, tennis, picnic areas, and an off-leash area for Fido.

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  • 19

    Lan Su Chinese Garden

    11 reviews

    A fascinating urban gardens right in Old Town. Interesting to compare this with the Japanese Gardens as well. The recorded tour that comes with your admission is well worth using when you explore the gardens. There's also a lovely tea house in the gardens.

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  • 20

    Powell's Books on Hawthorne

    13 reviews

    A much smaller version of the flagship store, but it has the same vibe and great books. They have a good selection of games too, which the kids liked.

    Popular withLocalTrendstersFamilies
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