10 Outdoor Activities for Summer Fun in Portland, Oregon

In Portland, Oregon it is vitally important to take advantage of the excellent summer weather. Typically the nicer months in Portland are the summer months and that is why we have created a list just to highlight outdoor activities in Portland during the summertime. These are 10 of the best summer outdoor activities Portland has to offer.

For the outdoor enthusiast we recommend heading out the Scenic Columbia Gorge area where you can hike one intense trail after another and of course visit Multnomah Falls. This is a short 40 minute drive from downtown Portland. If you do not want to drive that far out you can hike in downtown Portland through Forest Park or go for a bike ride on the Springwater Corridor.

For those that like to keep things low key we suggest on a hot day head to Wilson pool and cool off in their kid-friendly pool or head out to Blue Lake Park where you can enjoy the beach on the lake, a splash pad, walking trails, and playgrounds. On a nice evening make a picnic, grab and blanket and enjoy a free concert at one of Portland Parks like Sellwood Waterfront park or check out a movie at the Rooftop Movie Series. 

There is so much to do in Portland and even more so in the summer and we hope this list helps you find fun things to do. 

The Springwater Corridor is a multiuse trail that runs from SE Ivan St. in Portland all the way to Boring, OR. The trail is currently 14.2 miles one way. The Springwater Corridor connects many parks including Tideman Johnson Nature Park,...  Read More

West Hills

Forest Park is Portland's own enchanted forest. Forest Park is well known for being the largest urban forest in the country located within a city. Forest park encompasses more than 5000 acres full of dense trees, rivers, waterfalls, and bridges....  Read More

Top Down: Rooftop Cinema Film Series

You just can't beat the Top Down downtown summer Portland film series; it wraps up great old movies, live music, snacks, cocktails and outstanding views of the city into one fun-filled event. Festivities start at 8pm each Thursday during late...  Read More

Oaks Amusement Park is one of the oldest, continuously operating amusement parks in the country. Built in the early 1900's, Oaks Park is a collection of classic entertainment and smaller thrill rides. Hidden away in Southeast Portland, the...  Read More

Blue Lake Park is a large recreational park located in Fairview, OR less than twenty minutes from downtown Portland. There's a small admission fee of $5 per car to enter the park. Inside the park there's an exciting splash pad for kids that's...  Read More

Financial District

Among Portlanders with kids, spending a day at the zoo is probably the most favorite of family activities. Located up above the city in Washington Park, the zoo is home to more than 1000 animals. The staff work constantly to improve the living...  Read More

Majestic and much-photographed, this Columbia River Gorge attraction is one of Oregon's biggest draws. Hiking trails lead up the face of the mountain, and a bridge crossing the waterfall offers an impressive vantage point. Standing in front of...  Read More

Not only will you see roses that you've never seen before here, you will also have an incredible view of the city and Mt. Hood from these terraced gardens. Instituted in 1917, the gardens give trial runs to various rose hybrids before they're...  Read More

The Wilson pool is part of the Portland Parks and Rec program and offers affordable swimming throughout the year at their open swim sessions. They also offer swimming lessons. At Wilson pool you will find 2 outdoor pools. One of them is a lap...  Read More

Pack a picnic dinner, bring a blanket or chairs, and spend time with family and friends while enjoying a free concert this summer at Sellwood waterfront park. All concerts at Sellwood Waterfrong park are on Monday and start at 6:30. For...  Read More


Meet Meagan Wristen

Meagan Wristen is an Oregon resident by choice and thinks Portland is a tremendous city that everyone should visit. Originally a Texas girl, she has lived all around the United States,...  More About Meagan