National Parks / Natural World in Oregon with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, The Beaver State has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in Oregon offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

The state of Oregon itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • World Forrestry Centre

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    Portland

    Our 20,000 square foot museum is located in Portlands beautiful Washington Park. Built in dramatic Cascadian style architecture, youll marvel at the intricate hand carvings and grand entry outside, ...

  • Wallowa Lake Tramway

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    Joseph

    With the opening of the gondola in 1970, Wallowa County added one of it's most popular attractions. The 3700' vertical foot ascent to the summit of Mt. Howard is a memorable experience. The exciting ...

  • Childrens Museum of Eastern Oregon

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    Pendleton

    The Children's Museum of Eastern Oregon, the Arts Council of Pendleton, the Umatilla County Historical Society, and Tamastslikt Cultural Institute are partners in a Lewis & Clark project. This ...

  • Crater Lake National Park

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    Crater Lake

    A natural wonder in Oregon that makes the perfect outdoor day out for all ages. A national park with a historic volcanic past, pure lakes, sheer cliffs, and islands to explore.

  • John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

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    Kimberley

    A visit to the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is like taking a journey into ancient Oregon. Whether you tour the museum at Sheep Rock, hike a trail at the Painted Hills, or picnic at Clarno, ...

  • Lost Creek Lake

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    Jackson County

    The crew at the Lost Creek Marina would like to welcome you aboard for Year-Round Fun in beautiful Southern Oregon. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with ...

  • Spirit Of The Rogue Nature Centre

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    Trail

    Nature never sleeps. It is always moving into balance. It is here, at Spirit of the Rogue Nature Center, that nature can be seen and experienced in new ways which capture the imagination, call to our ...

  • Portland Japanese Garden

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    Portland

    This world-renowned Japanese garden includes a Strolling Pond Garden, Tea Garden, Sand and Stone Garden, Natural Garden and a Flat Garden.

  • Midway Farms Farm Experience Day Camp

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    Albany

    We provide your child with the opportunity to develop character, learn valuable life skills, make new friends, and discover new interests, all while experiencing real life on a biodiverse local ...

  • Tillamook Forest Center

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    Tillamook

    A FREE day out in the stunning Oregon forests at this Forest Center, with picnics, climbs, hikes, and beautiful wildlife!

  • Prehistoric Gardens

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    Port Orford

    Port Orford is a great place for prehistoric monsters. It's a genuine rain forest, sheltered in a small valley, mild in climate, drenched with rainfall; a place overrun with giant ferns, drippy ...

  • Rusk Ranch Nature Center

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    Cave Junction

    A beautiful day out in nature with a butterfly pavilion, hummingbird garden, and nature discovery play! All in beautiful Oregon!

  • Bushs Pasture Park

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    Salem

    90 acres of spacious park and botanical garden right in the heart of Salem. Perfect for biking, scooting, and playing!

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  • Oregon Museum Of Science And Industry

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    Portland

    Founded in 1944 and one of the nations top ten science museums, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is a world-class tourist attraction and educational resource that puts the WOW! in science ...

  • The Science Factory Children's Museum and Planetarium

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    Eugene

    Curious kids can learn all about science through hands-on exhibitions, as well as explore the stars at this Oregon Children's Museum!

  • Four Rivers Cultural Centre and Museum

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    Ontario

    For centuries, the Snake, the Malheur, the Owyhee and the Payette have supported life here, attracting people from all points of the compass. Four Rivers Cultural Center is named for these ...

  • Portland Art Museum

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    Portland

    The Museum’s collection of more than 42,000 objects, displayed in 112,000 square feet of galleries, reflects the history of art from ancient times to today. Enjoyable at every age.

  • Portland's Children's Museum

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    Portland

    Dedicated to inspiring imagination, creativity, and the wonder of learning by inviting moments of shared discovery. Playing with and touching exhibits strongly encouraged!

  • Grant County Historical Museum

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    Canyon City

    Explore the Pioneer era with life sized costumed mannequins, gold mining artifacts, Chineses artifacts, three large rock collections and much, much more.

  • Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum - The Spruce Goose

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    McMinnville

    From the Wright brothers' work to a 2,000 mile an hour Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, all things aeronautical including a recreation of the infamous Spruce Goose.

  • Tillamook Air Museum

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    Tillamook

    See one of Americas finest collections of over 30 War Birds including our P-38 Lightning, F4U-Corsair, P51-Mustang, PBY Catalina and SBD Dauntless dive bomber. Climb into a jet simulator!

  • AC Gilberts Discovery Village

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    Salem

    An innovative and educational children's museum in downtown Salem where kids can be inspired by creative play through exhibits, camps and parties!

  • Oregon Zoo

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    Portland

    The Oregon Zoo is 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 Great ...

  • Oregon Coast Aquarium

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    Newport

    In an underwater adventure. visitors are immersed in Keiko's former home through acrylic tunnels surrounded by several feet of sea water. Passages of the Deep has proven to be an unique attraction. ...

  • Wildlife Safari

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    Winston

    Wildlife Safari is a fun-filled family destination where you can view over 500 animals in their natural habitat, roaming freely as they do in the wild! Visitors to the park drive through a 4.5 mile ...

  • Cascades Raptor Center Home

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    Eugene

    An intimate experience with eagles, hawks, owls, falcons and more! With over 60 non-releasable, permanent resident birds on display, of 33 native species, Cascades Raptor Center provides an ...

  • Great Cats World Park

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    Cave Junction

    An interactive, exciting and educational day out in Oregon with the big cats of the world, with guided tours and a chance to get interactive with the animals!

  • Macaw Landing Wildlife Refuge

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    Portland

    Back in 1992, just after the foundation was formed, we opened a public viewing exhibit with eight macaws, five large macaws and three miniature macaws, in the Jantzen Beach Shopping Center in ...

  • West Coast Game Park

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    Bandon

    Highly interactive zoo experience with contented, free roaming stock. Visitors of all ages are amazed, entertained and astonished by the original and innovative way of meeting, mingling, petting and ...

  • Mount Hood Railroad

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    Hood River

    Enjoy the splendors of the scenic Columbia Gorge while climbing through the spectacular Hood River Valley. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in ...

  • Ouzel Oregon River Rafting for Families

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    Bend

    Whitewater rafting is a healthy and exciting outdoor activity that is especially fun for families. Enjoy a half-day of splashy adventure or make it an entire vacation with one of the 5-day wilderness ...

  • Mollala Train Park

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    Molalla

    Trains, trains and more trains! One of the first railroads of this size on the west coast, this train park has 4 well maintained acres in which to picnic and watch, ride and learn about trains.

  • The Oaks Amusement Park

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    Portland

    Visit the oldest continually operating amusement park in the entire country in Oregon, with rides, attractions, and fun activities for the kids

  • Enchanted Forest

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    Turner

    Come and visit a world of fantasy in the beautiful, lush forest of this land of enchantment.

  • North Clackamas Aquatic Park

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    Milwaukie

    Water fun in Oregon at this family friendly water park, with a wave pool and laps for all ages!