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Top park recommendations from locals

Garden
“Just beautiful....nuf said. It's right near the "test" rose gardens at Washington Park and also near the Zoo and Pittock Mansion.”
  • 368 locals recommend
Park
“Portland's Forest Park is one of the largest urban forests in the United States. With more than 80 miles of trails, fire lanes and forest roads.”
  • 518 locals recommend
National Park
“Crater Lake National Park is another of the Seven Wonders of Oregon. There are few places on earth quite as beautiful and picturesque as Crater Lake, which makes it a don't miss destination. Discovered in 1853 this lake is a volcanic caldera which is entirely dependent on snowfall. The water is pristine and deep blue in color creating breathtaking scenery. Its depth of 1,943 feet make it the deepest lake in the country and seventh deepest in the world. It became a National Park in 1902 making it the fifth-oldest national park in the United States which receives nearly 480,000 visitors annually. Craters Lakes elevation is nearly 8,000 ft. Be sure to check the weather and road closures prior to visiting. North entrance closes in early November to Jun. Located about 90 miles SW of Bend ”
  • 109 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Usually best from April to October. This garden is why Portland is called the Rose City.”
  • 250 locals recommend
Playground
“This popular park features expansive views, picnic areas, natural-surface and paved paths, a dog off-leash area, a playground and a performance stage, plus tennis, volleyball and basketball courts. Mt Tabor is an extinct volcano located just east of the Hawthorne neighborhood, contains a great number of trails running around and up and down its steep slopes. Great views of the city await you at the summit, and the park also boasts two playgrounds in case you need a rest but your children don’t!”
  • 200 locals recommend
Park
“Best place to see multiple waterfalls in the state. Try to Trail of 10 Falls for a 7 to 9 mile challenge (no dogs), or a 4 mile out-and-back on the Rim Trail which is pooch friendly. Best visited on weekdays, as this is the most popular state park in Oregon. $5 day pass unless you have a state parks pass. Large pavilion with snack concession including beer and wine.”
  • 99 locals recommend
Garden
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“One of Portland's coolest and most beautiful spots in a sketchy area. The Chinese Gardens are a full block radius oasis in Chinatown and so worth the visit. They have the Tao of Tea teahouse inside and you can easily spend a couple of hours relaxing and wandering and taking photos and having tea. Just be aware that Chinatown is not a nice area. It's an intriguing contrast. ”
  • 181 locals recommend
Park
“The scenery is breath taking. Enjoy the more difficult hike up misery ridge to Monkey Face or take the easier trail along the river. Both are stunning! Popular spot for rock climbers. Dogs are welcome. ”
  • 171 locals recommend
Park
“Awesome park with lots of history, great trees, lake, and a great playground. Great for biking, playing sports, or just relaxing. Little bit of a drive or bike ride to get there. ”
  • 217 locals recommend
Park
“Starting just 30 miles east of Portland, the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area offers amazing vistas, trails and more than 90 waterfalls including the famous Multnomah Falls.”
  • 93 locals recommend
Park
“I love Ashland! It's a 40 minute or so drive South on I-5. Lithia Park is amazing to hike, eat, drink, sight see, shop...ski Mt. Ashland in the winter or Ice Skate! Mountain bike in the summer. Shakespeare Theater is top notch!”
  • 77 locals recommend
Park
“Head up to the quaint St. John's neighborhood to walk around, see a movie, and/or head to Cathedral Park with a picnic in-tow. We like to stock up on picnic foods at New Seasons Grocery beforehand. It's worth it for the views of the St. John's bridge alone!”
  • 106 locals recommend
Playground
“The focal feature at Peninsula Park is The Rose Garden, a gorgeous display of Portland's official flower, which is meticulously maintained by Portland's Master Gardners and is frequently the site of professional photographer sittings and arts events. The entire park is a equally pleasant with large trees, wide curving walks, large open spaces, and a classic 1930's swimming pool cabana.”
  • 108 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Roller skating rink, amusement park rides, go carts,..... just small amusement park for a fun time with the kids, or a outing with a romantic interest.”
  • 105 locals recommend
Park
“Go out the front door and head south past the Steel Bridge to enjoy jogging, walking, biking, skateboarding, fountain play, lunching, basketball, fireworks viewing, Segwaying, boat watching, sunrises and sunsets. Due to its recreational use, lunch hours are peak-use hours for the waterfront park. In addition to recreational use, the park is also highly used by bike and pedestrian commuters during rush hours because the park is easily accessible to the downtown Portland workforce and provides a pleasant, off street thoroughfare away from vehicular traffic. It is currently home to the Waterfront Blues Festival, Oregon Brewers Festival, Gay/Lesbian Pride Festival and the Bite of Oregon.”
  • 103 locals recommend
Garden
“Walk among rhododendrons of all colors and towering oaks and maples that wrap around peaceful ponds and lakes. These gardens are a local favorite for portrait photographers. Grab a bag of duck food at the local produce stand up the street and head here for some tranquil beauty. Just watch out for the Geese!”
  • 92 locals recommend