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Portland Metro Region
 

 

Amusement Parks & Attractions

Oaks Park
Portland

There is something for every member of the family at Oaks Park. Thrill rides, kids rides, bumper cars, and carnival games. In addition to roller skating and midway rides, there is quite a selection of carnival treats. Whether you are planning a company picnic or just a day at the park with the family, Oaks Amusement Park offers a little something for everyone.

Oregon Zoo
Portland

Founded in 1887, the award-winning Oregon Zoo is the oldest zoo west of the Mississippi. The zoo's 64 acres are home to animals from all corners of the world, including Asian elephants, Peruvian penguins and Arctic polar bears. From the mist-filled Africa Rain Forest to the majestic new Great Northwest exhibits, the zoo encourages visitors to understand and experience the natural world.

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Parks & Outdoors

International Rose Gardens
Portland

In 1888, Georgiana Burton Pittock, wife of pioneer publisher Henry Pittock, invited her friends and neighbors to exhibit their roses in a tent set up in her garden; thus the Portland Rose Society was established. Today, Portland's International Rose Test Garden is considered the oldest official, continuously-operated, public rose test garden in the United States, Although twenty-four gardens across the nation now test roses, Portland is the only international rose test garden still receiving roses from around the world to be tested in this mild climate between the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountain range - and is the only North American city that can issue its awards to roses of merit throughout the world.

Japanese Gardens
Portland

Portland's internationally recognized Japanese Garden beckons visitors from home and abroad to enter its unique confines. Little more than forty years old, it represents a melding of Japanese traditional garden forms with American hurry. These gardens have its own personality reflected in five formal garden styles set on five and one-half acres: the Strolling Pond Garden, the Natural Garden, the Sand and Stone Garden, the Flat Garden and the Tea Garden.

River Drifters
Clackamas River Rafting Trips

River Drifters is one of the oldest and most experienced whitewater rafting companies in Oregon and Washington. Our professional guides are committed to making your adventure with us not only safe but of the finest possible quality. River Drifters offers full-day and half-day trips on the Clackamas River that is suitable for the whole family! So if you would like a great adventure getaway that is close to Portland, give the Clackamas River a shot! Sandy Gorge trips are also available.

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Museums

McLoughlin House
Oregon City

The McLoughlin House stands today as a reminder of the great contribution Dr. John McLoughlin made to the settlement of the Oregon Country. Dr. McLoughlin was chief factor (superintendent) of the British Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) based at Ft. Vancouver on the Columbia River. The fur trade brought the first permanent white settlers to the area. When the McLoughlin House faced demolition in 1909, the McLoughlin Memorial Association was formed and money was raised to move the house to a public park atop the bluff. McLoughlin's home opened as a museum in 1910. It continues to draw thousands of visitors each year from all over the world. In 1941, Congress designated the McLoughlin House a National Historic Site, the first in the West.

Portland Children's Museum
Portland

Inspiring imagination, creativity and the wonder of learning in children and adults by inviting moments of shared discovery. Offering a multitude of exhibits and programs.

Portland Police Museum
Portland

Detailing Portland's history of law enforcement from the 1850s to the present through exhibits showcasing uniforms, arrest record books, weapons, and other artifacts that lend to the story of the formation of the Portland police officer. There is also a room dedicated to the memory of Portland's fallen officers where you can sit and reflect on the sacrifice those officers gave in protection of the community.

Coming in the spring of 2008 is a hands-on exhibit on crime scene investigation specifically geared toward school-age children.

Washington County Museum
Portland

History, research library, long term and changing exhibits. Hands on discovery room.

 

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Performing Arts

Classic Greek Theatre of Oregon
Portland

Each September in Portland, Oregon, the finest professional performers and designers in the region collaborate on ancient Greek drama. Performances include singing and dancing Choruses as well as period costumes based on ancient Greek tradition.

 

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Things to Do

Portland Beavers
Portland Metro

Catch a game at PEG Park in Portland to watch this Minor League Baseball Team.

Portland Farmers Market
Portland

Four urban green markets open April through December, serving up to 20,000 shoppers per week. This is a direct connection to over 250 vendors with deep roots in Oregon and Washington, including farms, nurseries, bakeries, meat and seafood providers, cheese makers, specialty foods producers.

Portland Trailblazers
Portland Metro

The NBA Trail Blazers team plays at the Rose Quarter in Portland.

Portland Walking Tours
Portland

These fun and award-winning guided walking tours explore the history, food, architecture, neighborhoods, bridges, parks, fountains, artwork, and unique places in Portland - the "City of Roses".

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