Hoyt Arboretum is a living museum, and if you want to spend your Portland family day out surrounded by the beauty of nature, then this might just be in the place for you!
The arboretum was founded back in 1928 as a place to conserve endangered species, as well as to educate all those who visit.
Encompassing 190 ridge-top acres, the arboretum is not only home to 2,300 species of trees and shrubs from six continents across the globe, but there are also 12 miles of hiking trails for you to enjoy it!
Hiking the trails is a great way to really appreciate the surrounding nature, and allows you to explore at your own pace, however Hoyt Arboretum also offer a number of programs to deepen your experience, and these include guided tours offered on weekends.
They also offer family friendly programs, and classes and workshops too, to hone skills in topics like bird identification and plant evolution!
A visit to Hoyt Arboretum is also special year round, with many seasonal plants that are so different to each other.
A great place to start your visit is at the Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center. Here, you can pick up maps, check the layout of the trails and gardens, and ask staff if you have any questions before setting off.
A day where the wonders of Mother Nature really do come to life, and it's only minutes from downtown Portland!
From May to September, a free shuttle provides daily service to Washington Park attractions every 15 minutes from 9:30 am to 7 pm. In April and October, the shuttle runs on weekends only, from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. The shuttle stops in front of the Visitor Center.
Check online for the Family Forest Days, and Tree Time! Preschool Walks which are designed for the very youngest to teens so they can enjoy the arboretum!
You can pick up snacks in the Visitor Center!
Healthy Eating When exploring nature, it's always a good idea to take your own water with you to stay hydrated
Located two miles from downtown Portland in Washington Park, you can reach the Arboretum by car, public transit, biking, or walking. By car, visitors can access the curated collection of trees and trails at its southern boundary via Highway 26, just steps from the Oregon Zoo, Children’s Museum, and the World Forestry Center, or from Burnside Rd. at its northern boundary.
They have great classes and workshops, and also offer hands-on, exploratory field trips for all types of youth groups from 1st through 5th grade. They can accommodate groups of between 20 and 60 students with chaperones. Reserve at least three weeks in advance, and the guided tours last 90 minutes!
You can pick up gifts and souvenirs from the Visitor Center!
Some of the trails are accessible, so just with the visitor center when you arrive. The Visitor Center is fully accessible, including the restrooms.
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Grounds: 5am - 10pm daily. Visitor Center: 9am - 4pm weekdays, 11am - 3pm weekends
Open 365 days a year!
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