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Portland's parks, public places, natural areas, and recreational opportunities give life and beauty to our city. These essential assets connect people to place, self, and others.
Portland Parks & Recreation
Portland has over 200 developed parks for you to enjoy. Below are some of the highlights. Click the the park name for specifics on each park.
  • Japanese Garden
    Still Waters
    Photo by Ryan Stavely / CC BY
    This was one of the parks we visited on our first trip to Portland. Located inside the larger Washington Park, enjoy each one of the five different Japanese garden settings.
  • International Rose Garden
    International Rose Test Garden
    Photo by David McSpadden / CC BY
    Since 1917, Portland has been growing, displaying, and testing new varieties of roses. At last count this garden featured over 10,000 plants. Please note that June through October is the best time to see the garden. Make sure to catch the free tours at 11:30 AM on Tuesday and 1:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday. If a trip to the zoo is on the agenda, make sure to catch the train!
  • Hoyt Arboretum
    magnolia trail
    Photo by Mary Anne Thygesen / CC BY
    Enjoy the 12 miles of trails in the country's largest assortment of conifers spread over 185 acres. In the spring the Magnolia Trail is blooming, in mid-summer choose the Dogwood Trail. Maps and guided walks (2pm on Saturday and Sunday April through October) are available at the Visitor's center.
  • Children's Museum
    Portland Children's Museum
    Photo by camknows / CC BY
    Built at the former location of OMSI and also located in Washington Park, this is one Museum where touching is encouraged! Puppet shows, costume parades, and other activities scheduled daily. Check out the calendar for today's events!
  • Oregon Zoo
    Oregon Zoo
    Photo by Richard / CC BY
    From humble beginnings as a personal menagerie, this zoo now boasts 64 acres of award winning exhibits. Don't miss the Great Northwest exhibit and make sure to stop by and wish the Conrad and Tasul happy 30th birthday. Packy was the first Asian elephant born in the Western Hemisphere.
  • Classical Chinese Garden
    Lan Su Chinese Gardens, Portland
    Photo by David McSpadden / CC BY
    An oasis of calm in the middle of the city built with the help of Portland's sister city Suzhou in 1999, this garden is a must see. Notice how your view of the garden is constantly shifting through the windows, doors and lattice screens as you walk through the garden.
  • Mount Tabor Park
    Photo by Jordan / CC BY
    This park is host to the only volcano within city limits in the lower 48 states. Take a stroll to the top of the volcano for great views of the city and make sure to check out the July concert series.
  • Laurelhurst Park
    Photo by Patrick M / CC BY
    If Mount Tabor is a bit too big, then Laurelhurst is just right and has some serious “park pedigree” as well! Laurelhurst was named the most beautiful park on the west coast in 1919 by the Pacific Coast Parks Association as well as being the first city park ever to be added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2001. We love to grab something at either the Good Food Here or Pod 28 food cart and take it to the Park to have a picnic!
  • Willamette Park
    Willamette Park entry sign
    Photo by Jason McHuff / CC BY
    If you want to get some time on the Willamette River, this park is your best bet with access to the river, and boat launch. Kayaks and canoes can be rented at Portland Kayak Company just in front of the park.
  • Tom McCall Waterfront
    Portland's Waterfront Park
    Photo by Greg Emel / CC BY
    If you plan a trip downtown, this river front park between SW Harrison and NW Gilsan is an exceptional place to take a break and picnic. If you don't feel like packing a lunch, then grab something at Plaza Deli (1 block from the park at 1 SW Columbia St) and enjoy.
Not finding what you hoped for? The Portland Parks and Recreation page here has the best park finder going!

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