With all the kid-friendly attractions in Portland like Washington Park, OMSI, and Powells Books, Oregon, a vacation in this Pacific Northwest city is sure to be a family favorite. Consider the following, hand-picked destinations to add to your upcoming trip to Portland, Oregon.
The trendiest, most upscale neighborhood in Portland has to be the Pearl District. When traveling with older kids consider adding it to your plans. This modern stretch of attractively renovated, early 20th-century warehouses is loaded with shopping, galleries, quirky cafes and top-notch eateries. During the summer, Jamison Square has a large, interactive fountain that's perfect for cooling off. It's one of the best kid-friendly attractions in Portland, Oregon, for people watching and getting wet.
Powell's City of Books is about ten minutes away via the Portland Streetcar and is another must-see to add to your list of Portland, Oregon vacation ideas. This mammoth bookstore covers a whole city block and offers a large children's book section and a kids' story time every Saturday morning.
Ride the Max Light rail system through the local hills to the deepest subterranean subway station in North American, 260 feet beneath Portland's Washington Park. Once there, go above ground to find a huge variety of the kid-friendly attractions, including the Portland Children's Museum, Hoyt Arboretum, World Forestry Center, Portland Japanese Gardens, the International Rose Test Garden, the Zoo and an amphitheater and playgrounds. Because it offers so many destinations so close together, Washington Park is definitely one of the top tourist attractions in Portland. Though the park is a bit isolated away from the city, you'll find lots of choices for where to stay in Portland, Oregon. Consider finding a hotel downtown, like the Hotel Monaco. One Portland hotel convenient to these family attractions is the Heathman Hotel, which has a unique feature, iconic doormen dressed as 18th-century palace guards.
Tom McCall Waterfront Park is another top kid-friendly attraction in Portland, Oregon. It's really a gateway to a ton of family fun in the downtown area, so consider finding a hotel near here, like the Nines Hotel. At the park, you can ride bikes around the four-mile loop of paved, multi-use path, enjoy the fountain near Salmon Street during the summer or the Portland Saturday Market from March through December.
Consider things to do in Portland with kids within walking or biking distance from Waterfront Park. Places like the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) and the Lan Su Chinese Garden are well within reach. OMSI is a premier kids' science museum complete with an IMAX Theater and a real-life submarine for kids six and older. If you have toddlers or preschool age kids in your family, OMSI's Science Playground has a craft room with revolving projects, a pretend store, sand and water areas to keep them busy for hours. The Lan Su Chinese Garden is a gorgeously authentic replica of a traditional Chinese Garden with ambling pathways, occasional live music and a glimpse into Chinese culture. Take time to visit the on-site Teahouse for a Chinese style tea party. It's truly one of the most peaceful things to do in Portland with kids.
These selections are just a few of the plentiful family attractions in Portland, Oregon. This quirky, compact city offers all the convenience and culture to help make your family vacation a memorable treat. Start planning today!