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Portland for Families

The largest city in Oregon has plenty for small fry to do
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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 5 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview:  Portland has many green spaces where kids can play, and flat bike routes are ideal for young cyclists or families toting a child on a ... more »

Tips:  If you drive to Washington Park, you can park all day for only $4.

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Points of Interest

Oregon Zoo has a family farm in the Great Northwest exhibit, where kids can pet small animals. There is also an Amazon Flooded Forest and an African Rainforest

An annual highlight is ZooLights, November 23-December 31. The zoo sparkles with more than 1 million lights and 200 animal silhouettes.
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Hours:
January-February: 10am-4pm
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Portland Children’s Museum is next to the zoo. If your child hasn't had enough fun with animals, he can pretend to be a vet and help stuffed ones. There is a special play space for kids birth to age 3, a clay studio and a twilight trail, where kids can overcome a fear of the dark.
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Hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday: 9am–5pm
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The World Forestry Center Discovery Museum, designed for all ages, has plenty of interactive exhibits.

Even if you don't have time for the museum, but sure to check out the 5 million year old 10,000-pound petrified tree stump on display outside.

The first floor focuses on the forests of the Pacific Northwest, while the second takes a more global... More

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry has exhibit halls, science labs a planetarium and an OMNIMAX theater.

The OMSI has a unique sub, the U.S. Navy's last non-nuclear, fast-attack submarine. You can tour the USS Blueback for an extra fee.

The museum is good for tots to teens (and adults). At the hands-on Science Playground, kids 6 and under can... More

The old school Oaks Park amusement park & roller rink features a 1912 carousel. The park has many classic family rides: scrambler, tilt a whirl, bumper cars. Rides have different height restrictions. For Go-Carts you must be 58 inches (147 cm) or taller to drive; for The Toon Cars you have to be under 48 inches (122 cm) to ride.

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