There are so many family activities in Portland Oregon, here are our top favorites! Hikes, candy shops, donut shops, water falls and more!
We loaded the van with 4 kids, a dog, books, movies and lots of snacks. Grapes, bananas, cheese sticks, water bottles and a couple of boxes of CLIF KID Zbar®s.
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(Multnomah Falls, Oregon)
Family Activities in Portland Oregon
We’ve tried to dedicate at least one Saturday a month to go out and explore. We checked off “Oregon” off of our list over Labor Day weekend. It was a bit of a drive, but a place that we’ve, for the most part, only passed through or spent a day or so in visiting family. There’s a lot to do there and we would love to go back again sometime.
We decided on Thursday to go and then left the next day! It was the BEST 3 day weekend we’ve ever had.
My husband made a list of things to do in the Portland area and let the kids create the agenda. Then he mapped it all out to minimize drive time and we hit the road.
Here were our favorite family activities in Portland, Oregon:
- Blue Star Donuts: The lines were long and because we came at the end of the day they only had two flavors to choose from, but they were very unique and it was a fun top.
- Mills End Park: The smallest park in the world! And it literally was, see the photo below. So hilarious!
- Multnomah Falls: A gorgeous family friendly hike to the water falls. We enjoyed hot chocolate from the coffee shop at the base.
- Voodoo Donuts: We LOVED Voodoo Donuts. So many fun flavors to try like Lucky Charms, Bacon, and the basics like Chocolate Sprinkles and the iconic Voodoo Doll.
- The Rose Garden: We weren’t sure if the kids would like this or not, but they had a great time walking through the paths and finding their favorite varieties. It was a beautiful afternoon and we all had a great time.
- The Tillamook Cheese Factory: About an hour and 45 minutes outside of Portland in Tillamook, but worth the stop. The kids love sampling the different kinds of cheese and learning about the process. The ice cream shop there is delicious as well.
- The Witch’s Castle: My cousins and his family live in Portland and hadn’t heard of the Witch’s Castle, but after we went there he took his family a couple of weeks later for a Sunday afternoon walk. It’s amazing how many family friendly hikes there are and the scenery is spectacular at each one! It was called the Witch’s Castle because of the old stone house remnants that you can hike around.
- The Candy Basket Chocolate Shop: This little shop was so fun. The kids liked sampling the chocolates and the gal behind the counter was so friendly. We let them each fill a small bag with treats to snack on while we drove to the next stop.
- Octopus Tree: Also in Tillamook, it was a fun stop and walk. The tree’s branches really did look like tentacles! A beautiful walk near the ocean.
(Multnomah Falls, Oregon)
It was so nice to just get away and spend time with the kids. Just the 6 (err…7) of us.
(The Witch’s Castle, Oregon)
It is fun to spend time with friends. Visiting, while the kids all run free outside and hang out together, but that isn’t really family time or memories that I will have forever with my kids. It doesn’t generate conversations between the kids and us or help us get to know each other better.
(Mills End Park “The Smallest Park in the World”, Oregon)
Two places still on our list to visit before we move next summer are Yosemite and Big Trees.
(Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon)
Some of our favorite places (if you live in California) have been Santa Cruz, The Mystery Spot, Hidden Falls in Auburn, Southern California, Antelope Lake, Point Reyes, San Francisco, Nevada City, Apple Hill, family bike rides, and the Sacramento City Scavenger Hunt. We found a Groupon for the Scavenger hunt and had a great time! The kids said they felt like they were on their own “National Treasure” adventure, finding hidden clues all over town. It was a blast and we walked over 6 miles that day without even realizing it! They have city scavenger hunts available all of the country so be sure to find one near you.
(Octopus Tree, Oregon)
I love this family of mine so much. I’ve been mourning the fact that we had a child turning 13 this year and all of the things that it brings, but honestly now that we are here, I LOVE it. He is one of my favorite people to visit with. It’s fun to have another (almost) grown up in the home with his insights and humor. And the best part? He still likes spending time with us, so we are going to squeeze out every chance we can get before he learns to drive, has a job, and has his own independence.
Just because school is back in session, doesn’t mean kids should lose out on creative playtime. Take time out of each busy school week to get creative with your kids, allow them the time to have free-play, and watch their healthy habits grow, and explore the world around you!
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