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Parks and nature in Portland

Top parks

Garden
“A staple of any Portland trip, the Japanese Gardens are an oasis of serenity in the city, a series of gardens and walkways lined with streams and a traditional Japanese tea house, all with a beautiful view of Mount Hood. The former Japanese ambassador to the US reportedly called it “the most beautiful and authentic Japanese garden in the world outside of Japan.” The garden even got a recent buildout from famed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, currently designing the 2020 Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. Tickets to the gardens are around $17 for adults and well worth it.”
  • 369 locals recommend
Park
“Portland's Forest Park is one of the largest urban forests in the United States. With more than 80 miles of trails, fire lanes and forest roads.”
  • 518 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Usually best from April to October. This garden is why Portland is called the Rose City.”
  • 250 locals recommend
Playground
“"Hike" Mount Tabor Free Mount Tabor OK, so this really can’t be considered a hike, especially since so much of it is paved and there are staircases, but Mount Tabor, rising lazily from the center of Southeast Portland, offers an exceptional view of the city at its peak. It’s a lovely place for a picnic or early morning jog, or just to sit and watch the city lights below from a park bench.”
  • 201 locals recommend
Garden
“One of Portland's coolest and most beautiful spots in a sketchy area. The Chinese Gardens are a full block radius oasis in Chinatown and so worth the visit. They have the Tao of Tea teahouse inside and you can easily spend a couple of hours relaxing and wandering and taking photos and having tea. Just be aware that Chinatown is not a nice area. It's an intriguing contrast. ”
  • 181 locals recommend
Park
“Awesome park with lots of history, great trees, lake, and a great playground. Great for biking, playing sports, or just relaxing. Little bit of a drive or bike ride to get there. ”
  • 217 locals recommend
Park
“Head up to the quaint St. John's neighborhood to walk around, see a movie, and/or head to Cathedral Park with a picnic in-tow. We like to stock up on picnic foods at New Seasons Grocery beforehand. It's worth it for the views of the St. John's bridge alone!”
  • 106 locals recommend
Playground
“The focal feature at Peninsula Park is The Rose Garden, a gorgeous display of Portland's official flower, which is meticulously maintained by Portland's Master Gardners and is frequently the site of professional photographer sittings and arts events. The entire park is a equally pleasant with large trees, wide curving walks, large open spaces, and a classic 1930's swimming pool cabana.”
  • 108 locals recommend

Playgrounds

Playground
“"Hike" Mount Tabor Free Mount Tabor OK, so this really can’t be considered a hike, especially since so much of it is paved and there are staircases, but Mount Tabor, rising lazily from the center of Southeast Portland, offers an exceptional view of the city at its peak. It’s a lovely place for a picnic or early morning jog, or just to sit and watch the city lights below from a park bench.”
  • 201 locals recommend
Park
“Awesome park with lots of history, great trees, lake, and a great playground. Great for biking, playing sports, or just relaxing. Little bit of a drive or bike ride to get there. ”
  • 217 locals recommend
Playground
“The focal feature at Peninsula Park is The Rose Garden, a gorgeous display of Portland's official flower, which is meticulously maintained by Portland's Master Gardners and is frequently the site of professional photographer sittings and arts events. The entire park is a equally pleasant with large trees, wide curving walks, large open spaces, and a classic 1930's swimming pool cabana.”
  • 108 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Roller skating rink, amusement park rides, go carts,..... just small amusement park for a fun time with the kids, or a outing with a romantic interest.”
  • 105 locals recommend
Park
“Ten blocks down Ainsworth, you'll hit a park full of heritage trees, a terrific playground space, covered basketball courts, tennis court, and may even see some live bike polo, among other things.”
  • 78 locals recommend
Playground
“Beautiful park, playground and splash pad Amazing Rose garden and kids swim in the fountain in the summer. ”
  • 43 locals recommend
Park
“Tennis courts, basketball court, community gardens and green space. Plus, fun people watching. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Park
“Many trees, nearby walking spot. Can you find the hornbeam on the hill? Check out the rare Chinese lacebark pine by the tennis court. A deluxe running track to the south of the park. ”
  • 35 locals recommend

Beaches

Park
“Head up to the quaint St. John's neighborhood to walk around, see a movie, and/or head to Cathedral Park with a picnic in-tow. We like to stock up on picnic foods at New Seasons Grocery beforehand. It's worth it for the views of the St. John's bridge alone!”
  • 106 locals recommend
Park
“Great area to hike, jog, or walk your dog(s). In the summer there's free live music. Relaxed environment with beautiful views.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Beach
“Real local's favourite - park your car and then walk through the woods to the beaches at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. Nice view of Mt Hood on a clear day.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Surf Spot
“Surf shop and beer bar. Owner is super friendly, always a great tap list, and sometimes a comedy show. Friendly crowd”
  • 3 locals recommend
Beach
“Closest place to check out the Columbia River. Paddle boarding boating or walk along beach to see Blue Herons and more.”
  • 3 locals recommend

Trails

State / Provincial Park
“Just a few miles away and another world of trees and trails awaits. Peaceful watershed so close to the city.”
  • 65 locals recommend
Trail
“See the city from the beautiful waterfront areas of the Willamette River. Head East down burnside, and you will eventually get to the river and Waterfront park. Follow riverside walking paths and some of our easy-to-cross bridges, like Hawthorne, Burnside, Steel, and Tillikum bridges to get to the East side paths. You can walk varies routes as a loop, but wear good shoes, it can be a long walk from end to end.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Park
“Great area to hike, jog, or walk your dog(s). In the summer there's free live music. Relaxed environment with beautiful views.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Park
“Well manicured large city park with nice paved walking paths and amenities including play structures, picnic tables, skate park, off-leash dog area, tennis courts & sports fields.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Park
“Nestled into Forest Park, one of the biggest urban forest parks within city limits in the country. Learn about the local wildlife and then hike up to Pittock Mansion to enjoy a breathtaking view of downtown Portland and Mt.Hood. Explore many hikes through this beautiful forest.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Park
“A few miles of gorgeous trails within, and it only takes a lovely and brief walk to get there. Ignore Google's directions, its only about 15 minutes to get to the Terwilliger trailhead.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Trail
“Feel the immense effect of nature without leaving the city. Portland's Forrest Park is the largest forrest within a city in the U.S. You can literally hike for 30+ miles.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Trail
“Located right around the block! As you exit house turn to left, walk to end of Lobelia, turn left on to SW 45th. at end, turn to end of Marigold. You'll see hiking entrance.”
  • 5 locals recommend