National Parks / Natural World in PORTLAND with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, Portland 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 and around Portland, 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!

Even the city of Portland 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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  • Portland Japanese Garden

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    (2 miles) Portland

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

  • World Forrestry Centre

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    (2 miles) 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, ...

  • Esther Short Park

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    (7 miles) Vancouver

    Features include a large adventure playground with physical play activities for all ages and abilities, plus a lazy river water play area with fun interactive splash pad, paved walkways and rose ...

  • Tillamook Forest Center

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    (43 miles) Tillamook

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

  • Bushs Pasture Park

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    (45 miles) Salem

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

  • Midway Farms Farm Experience Day Camp

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    (68 miles) 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 ...

  • Wolf Haven International

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    (96 miles) Tenino

    Outdoor wolf sanctuary and education center which offers guided walking tours. Visitors can see and learn about wolves (and maybe hear them howl). Variety of educational programs available for groups ...

  • Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

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    (98 miles) Eatonville

    Northwest Trek Wildlife Park is a treasure for wildlife enthusiasts. The signature tram tour through the 435-acre free-roaming area offers the opportunity to spot different species of animals as they ...

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  • Portland Art Museum

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    (1 miles) 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.

  • Oregon Museum Of Science And Industry

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    (1 miles) 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 ...

  • Portland's Children's Museum

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    (3 miles) Portland

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

  • Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum - The Spruce Goose

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    (32 miles) 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.

  • AC Gilberts Discovery Village

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    (44 miles) Salem

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

  • Tillamook Air Museum

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    (55 miles) 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!

  • Veterans Memorial Museum

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    (79 miles) Chehalis

    Veterans Memorial Museum is dedicated to the men and women who have honorably served our nation in the Armed Forces, during peacetime and war, so we might enjoy the freedoms we have today.

  • Northwest Carriage Museum

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    (95 miles) Raymond

    Explore the world of the 19th century traveler at the Northwest Carriage Museum. The museum is home to 23 beautifully restored horse drawn vehicles. Many of the carriages in the museum were the ...

  • Oregon Zoo

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    (2 miles) Portland

    The Oregon Zoo is home to animals from all corners of the world, including Asian elephants, Peruvian penguins and Arctic polar bears! Kids can experience mist-filled Africa Rain Forests to the ...

  • Macaw Landing Wildlife Refuge

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    (4 miles) 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 ...

  • Mollala Train Park

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    (27 miles) 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.

  • Mount Hood Railroad

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    (58 miles) 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 ...

  • Mt Rainier Scenic Rail Road

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    (89 miles) Elbe

    Take a vintage locomotive ride through the foothills of Mt Rainier in Washington on a vintage locomotive. An incredibly beautiful family day out!

  • The Oaks Amusement Park

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    (4 miles) 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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    (50 miles) Turner

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

  • Southwest Community Center and Pool

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    (4 miles) Portland

    A great community pool with lessons, lap pool and water features.

  • North Clackamas Aquatic Park

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    (8 miles) Milwaukie

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

  • Chehalem Aquatic Center

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    (20 miles) Newberg

    A fun local aquatic center, with lap pools, diving board, classes and hot tub for adults!

  • Evergreen Wings and Waves Waterpark

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    (32 miles) McMinnville

    Water fun with a hands-on museum experience for kids, and slide out of a real Boeing 747 - unique waterpark fun in Oregon!

  • The Salvation Army Kroc Center

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    (41 miles) Salem

    Indoor and outdoor facilities comprise full sized pool plus leisure pool with fun features, lazy river and outdoor splash pad. Plus rock climbing and other activities.

  • Portland Lan Su Chinese Garden

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    Portland

    Lan Su Chinese Garden is one of Portland’s greatest treasures—a powerfully inspiring experience that takes you through time, offering a window into Chinese culture, history and way of thinking. ...

  • Jetboat Excursions

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    (1 miles) Portland

    Willamette Jetboat Excursions was the very first company to offer Jet Boat tours on the beautiful Willamette River, beginning in 1997. And as of Summer 2007, over two hundred thousand passengers have ...

  • Electric Castles Wunderland

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    (6 miles) Milwaukie

    You will find more than one hundred games of all types with the latest video games and redemption games. Each location has a different variety of games to choose from. Tickets won from redemption ...

  • Pump It Up Beaverton

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    (6 miles) Beaverton

    From an indoor, gigantic inflatable filled arenas, to private party rooms, and fun open jump - great indoor play for those active kids in Oregon!

  • Inflatable Kingdom

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    (8 miles) Portland

    An indoor inflatable party arena designed for the kids to have fun and the adults to be comfortable. The kids will have a blast playing on the Inflatables while the parents will enjoy a modern lounge ...

  • JJ Jump

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    (9 miles) Clackamas

    JJ Jump is pure family entertainment, featuring Open Gym times, Jump n goodtime birthdays, team & corporate events and Cosmic Jump! JUMP, SLIDE, SWING and BOUNCE in a 12,000 square foot indoor ...

  • Munchkin Playland

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    (9 miles) Portland

    The main play area was inspired by the state of Oregon, with several fun animals and structures for the children to explore.