Jan 22nd
  • Login
  • Create an account
    Captcha plugin for Joomla from Outsource Online
    Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required.
  • Search
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size
Home Travel Guide Travel Guide Topics City Beat Explore Portland, Oregon

Explore Portland, Oregon

E-mail Print PDF


City Beat
Exploring Portland, OR

Portland, Oregon  “City of  Roses”  is home of the annual Rose Festival, celebrated in early June.  Includes music, a carnival, the country’s largest Children’s Parade, Grand Floral Parade, Starlight Parade, Air Show, Indy Car Races, Festival of Balloons and the traditional Rose Show.   More Information: 503-227-2681

Portland is located on the Willamette River, near where it empties into the mighty Columbia River.  To the east rise the Cascade Mountains and 11,235 foot snow-capped Mount Hood.  Portland boasts the most extensive park system within a city.  It is also a city rich in frontier history.  

Audubon Society  160-acre wildlife sanctuary, several miles of trails.  Located in the wildlife rehabilitation center are live animal and educational exhibits.  

Children’s Museum   Hands-on exhibits:  Kid City, Medical Center, Grocery Store, H2 Oh!, Move it,  African Village.  Explore the clay studio and learn to sculpt your fancy.  503-823-2227

Cascade Sternwheelers  Narrated cruises of the Portland harbor.  

Hoyt Arboretum  200 acres of some 700 varieties of coniferous, flowering trees, shrubs and native wildflowers.  10 miles of trails.  Visitor Center.  503-823-3655

Ira Keller Fountain  Children can frolic and jump across cement “lily” pads through sparkling waterfalls, water spurts and pools.  13,000 gallons of water flow per minute.  3rd & SW Clay Streets

Metro Washington Park Zoo   Renowned for its captive breeding program of the Asian elephant.  Exhibits:  Peruvian Humboldt penguins; northwest beaver, otter and elk;  Alaska Tundra (grizzly bears, wolves, musk oxen);  Africa (zebras, giraffes, black rhinos, monkeys, crocodiles and tropical birds).  503-226-1561

Mt. Tabor Park  One of the few extinct volcanoes within a US city.

Oaks Amusement Park  Along the Willamette River in the historic Sellwood area.  Enjoy  carnival  rides and games,  roller skating rink and a children’s theatre.  

Oregon History Center  Historical displays, dimensional maps, interactive computer programs, videos made from photo archives that reenact Portland’s early history.  Located downtown, near Art Museum and Park Blocks.  

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry  Variety of educational, hands-on exhibits, also national touring exhibits.  Shows in the Omnimax Theatre and Planetarium.  Blue Max, authentic submarine with tours.  503-797-OMSI

World Forestry Center  Educational exhibits, interpreting forests of the world from old-growth to tropical.  Near Zoo.  503-228-1367

Washington Park  145 acres of lush park and gardens overlooking Portland and the Cascade Mountains.  International Rose Test Gardens with over 400 varieties of roses.  Japanese Garden with five traditional garden forms.

Special Portland Events
Spring:  Rose Festival.  
Summer:  Cascade Run-Off, The Rose City Blues Festival, Multnomah County Fair,  Mount Hood Festival of Jazz, Spirit Festi-val, The Bite: A Taste of Portland.  Fall:  ArtQuake Festival, Portland Oktoberfest.  

More Information:  
Portland Oregon Visitors Assoc:



Get 10 great family vacation ideas each month - free! Subscribe to the Talk Story Newsletter.