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Portland is a family-friendly city and offers many attractions to keep your family entertained during your visit.
OMSI, The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. OMSI is one of the Top Ten Science Museums on the USA. It is a great tourist attraction and a wonderful educational museum. There is an IMAX Theater, the largest planetarium in the Pacific Northwest and the USS Blueback submarine.
Oregon Zoo and International Rose Test Garden are all great ways to spend some family time together.
Portland Saturday Market is held Saturdays and Sundays, March through Christmas near the west end of the Burnside Bridge under an open-air pavillion (completed in 2010). Saturday Market is a really fun way to spend some time browsing through local artwork, arts and crafts and handmade clothing from local vendors. MAX users should deboard at the 'Skidmore Fountain' station for nearest access.
Tom McCall Waterfront Park is a grassy stretch sandwiched between Naito Parkway (Front Avenue) and the west bank of the Willamette River. It extends from the southern tip of downtown northward to the Steel Bridge. Check the
calendar for scheduled concerts and festivals.
The Pittock Mansion
and the Lan Su Chinese Garden are two Portland attractions not to be missed while traveling with your family.
The Japanese Gardens are beautiful and an easy trip from downtown Portland.
From April until December, the Portland Farmers Market in the Park Blocks at Portland State University is a great place to buy flowers or to just browse the wonderful produce and foods from the area's organic farms. You may find chefs from some of Portland's finest restaurants talking with the farmers and buying fresh produce that will later show up on their tables. In recent years, additional markets have appeared and are held in several city neighborhoods on different dates; click the link above for more information.
Forest Park is near the Oregon Zoo, the Children’s Museum and the Forestry Center. There are over 50 miles of trails in the park. Take a gentle walk (and visit the Vietnam Memorial there) or go for a beautiful hike. The hike from the Memorial up to Pittock Mansion goes through the
The Hoyt Arboretum is part of the Portland Parks and Recreation, whose public and private funds maintain the Arboretum. There are over 300 acres of forested space, with 1,100 species of trees from all over the world. Thery have wonderful plant sales and lectures that you can attend throughout the year. You can take tours for free from April - October.
The Vietnam Memorial is a beautiful place for a quiet reflective moment in the Park. The Washington DC Vietnam Memorial wall inspired the veterans in Portland to provide a touching place honoring those men and women from Portland who died or are missing.
Mt. Hood as seen from the International Rose Test Garden in Portland
5 acres, 8,000 rose plants make up the Rose Test Garden in Portland. The original roses came from England during WWII when roses were sent here to be safe from the bombing. Today it is the largest and oldest rose test garden in the United States. There is a gift shop.