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Parks & nature in Portland

“At 5,200 acres, this is the largest park within any U.S. city. It gets very popular in summer, especially on week- ends, so if you want to check it out be prepared to embrace the crowds. See Witch's Castle under Hikes. ”
573 locals recommend
“Visiting the Portland Rose Garden and Japanese Garden (right next to each other) for a fabulous experience in world class gardens!”
376 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Visiting the Portland Rose Garden and Japanese Garden (right next to each other) for a fabulous experience in world class gardens!”
244 locals recommend
“Enormous and beautiful local park with lots of beautiful spots to picnic and play. ”
251 locals recommend
“Great outdoor area that makes you feel like you're out of the city! Good for walking, jogging, wandering, relaxing.”
213 locals recommend
“For a deep and carefully thought out expression of craftsmanship, culture, and an interactive environment where there is always an event going on to listen to or observe!”
188 locals recommend
“Have a picnic, play on the beach, and take in the views of the iconic St. John’s bridge.”
108 locals recommend
“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.”
107 locals recommend
Theme Park
“This is an amusement park located right outside of Portland, and is about 1.5 to 2 hours from the house. If your kids are in the mood to go to go on tons of rides all day, this would be a great choice. It is reasonably priced as well. ”
105 locals recommend
“Idyllic city park. This place gets a lot of use, from families having BBQs to the wonderful public pool, to the picturesque tango dancing in the gazebos on Sunday nights in the summer... if its nice out, you ought to visit. Take a picnic and maybe a frisbee, walk through the historic rose gardens and swish your feet in the fountain. You can walk here from the house, it's about .5 mi.”
121 locals recommend
“One of my favorite gardens year round. The large pond is home to overwintering birds as well as the local populations. No matter what season, the park is beautiful.”
95 locals recommend
State / Provincial Park
“Just a few miles away and another world of trees and trails awaits. Peaceful watershed so close to the city.”
69 locals recommend
“Beautiful peaceful place. It's a sanctuary garden and a great break from the hustle and bustle of things. ”
70 locals recommend
“This has a dog park and is shaded with all the trees. Only a few blocks away from the apartment, you can find a big open field to host a baseball game or throw the frisbee. Concerts in the Park and Movies in the Park run throughout the summer. Check their schedule.”
85 locals recommend
“Refuge featuring wetlands & deciduous forest with foot/bike paths, native plants & wildlife.”
67 locals recommend
“Challenging to hike here since it's uphill, they have a nice parking lot. Breath taking views, this is the spot to watch stars, eclipse, and other sky stuff.”
65 locals recommend