There are gardens, and then there are GARDENS! The Portland Japanese Garden is a beautiful way to spend the day with the family. Kids can escape the city's west hills and get lost in 5.5 acres of flowers and nature.
Often considered one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan, there are five separate garden styles, each of which are just as beautiful as the last!
There is a beautiful Strolling Pond Garden, as well as a Tea Garden. The Natural Garden is always popular, and the Flat Garden is definitely worth a visit.
Finally, the Sand and Stone Garden really captures the essence of Japan, and kids can enjoy the unsurpassed view of Mt Hood too!
The beautiful thing about the Portland Japanese Garden is that kids can feel like they have traveled to the stunning country of Japan, and they don't even need to leave the city! It's a way to introduce kids to the sighs and sounds of another culture, and experience nature in a different way to what they are used to.
Keep an eye out for events throughout the year too, because you might want to check them out! There are nature themed events, tours, artistic events and parents, even sake tasting for you!
When you arrive, make sure you ask for the kids map so they can enjoy a treasure hunt!