10 Best and Most Stunning Parks in and around Portland, Oregon

Meagan Shamy

By , Local Expert, Portland
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Oregon is known for its enchanting landscape and Portland parks stayed true to this by encompassing that beauty within all of their parks. Not only are Portland parks beutiful, but they are unique and most times quite large. The city of Portland has taken time into planning their parks and perfecting them. Even in areas of nothing but sky high buildings Portland has placed the most delightful parks. You could visit Portland and plan an entire trip just around the parks. All of the parks on this list are great for whole families. No matter what age you are or activity you seek Portland has a park just for you. Our park list...  Read more »

  • 1

    Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park

    It's the perfect place for the entire family to spend a Saturday.

    Local Expert Tip: "Visit on a Saturday to enjoy the Saturday Market and don't forget bathing suits for the kids."

  • 2

    Washington Park

    The massive playground is a must for kids and the rose garden is a must for anyone visiting Portland.

    Local Expert Tip: "Visit the rose garden during the summer months to see the roses in full bloom."

  • 3

    Jamison Square

    Jamison Square is an amazing outdoor space in Portland that everyone enjoys.

    Local Expert Tip: "Bring your own lawn chair to sit in while you watch your kids play or take in a concert."

  • 4

    Director Park

    It's location near Pioneer Square and unique layout makes it a great place to hang out.

    Local Expert Tip: "Pack a picnic on a hot day and let your kids play in the fountain."

  • 5

    Laurelhurst Park

    It's a beautiful park offering a little bit of everything.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to bring your camera, especially in the fall."

  • 6

    Springwater Corridor

    This trail is awesome and showcases the diverse Oregon topography.

    Local Expert Tip: "Rent or bring a bike and plan to spend a few hours enjoying the trail"

  • 7

    Blue Lake Regional Park

    Blue Lake Park is an outstanding park with much to offer the whole family.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you plan on visiting more than twice buy an annual pass."

  • 8

    Forest Park

    This park is one of the reasons Portland is famous.

    Local Expert Tip: "Research exactly where you want to go before your first visit."

  • 9

    International Rose Test Gardens

    During the summer months visiting the rose garden should be in the top two things you do in Portland.

    Local Expert Tip: "Visit between June and August if possible. Do not pick any of the roses."

  • 10

    Tryon Creek State Natural Area

    • Type: Parks
    • Neighborhood: Lake Oswego

    Tryon Creek offers a variety a learning opportunities for all ages.

    Local Expert Tip: "Check their calendar before your visit to see what activities they are offering."



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