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Best parks in Portland

“Forest Park is over 8 miles of trails surrounded by the trees. It is in NW Portland, only about a 30-minute drive. It is a very special hiking experience. ”
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“Newly renovated; check the schedule of activities so you can plan accordingly.”
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Botanical Garden
“Located in Washington Park, thousand of roses to enjoy. View of the city from one of the terraces.”
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“One our favorite parks to visit, an extinct volcano and Portland's drinking reservoirs. Great trails, fun playground, awesome views of downtown Portland and surrounding area.”
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“Designed by the same family that designed New York's Central Park, the Olmstead Brothers. One block from the house, this park offers walking paths around a lake and amongst large fully grown trees.”
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“An authentic Ming Dynasty style garden, built by Suzhou artisans, that takes up an entire block of the city’s historic Chinatown district. Since the garden’s opening in 2000, its covered walkways, bridges, open colonnades, pavilions and richly planted landscape framing the Zither Lake have created an urban oasis of tranquil beauty and harmony.”
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“Idyllic city park. This place gets a lot of use, from families having BBQs to the wonderful public pool, to the picturesque tango dancing in the gazebos on Sunday nights in the summer... if its nice out, you ought to visit. Take a picnic and maybe a frisbee, walk through the historic rose gardens and swish your feet in the fountain. You can walk here from the house, it's about .5 mi.”
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“Go out the front door and head south past the Steel Bridge to enjoy jogging, walking, biking, skateboarding, fountain play, lunching, basketball, fireworks viewing, Segwaying, boat watching, sunrises and sunsets. Due to its recreational use, lunch hours are peak-use hours for the waterfront park. In addition to recreational use, the park is also highly used by bike and pedestrian commuters during rush hours because the park is easily accessible to the downtown Portland workforce and provides a pleasant, off street thoroughfare away from vehicular traffic. It is currently home to the Waterfront Blues Festival, Oregon Brewers Festival, Gay/Lesbian Pride Festival and the Bite of Oregon.”
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“Yearly Jazz festival in mid- July. A must visit for Jazz enthusiasts. Stay at the Croft and walk over to hear the music. ”
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Theme Park
“A iconic amusement park and roller skating is always a super fun family activity. All Portlanders remember spending time here as a kid, so treat yourself and your kids to a memorable time. ”
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“Wonderful place to walk, the botanical garden is located in southeast Portland (SE28th and Bybee Blvd). The garden, covers 9.49 acres, is named for the numerous springs within the garden. ”
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“Challenging to hike here since it's uphill, they have a nice parking lot. Breath taking views, this is the spot to watch stars, eclipse, and other sky stuff.”
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“The Grotto is a Catholic shrine and botanical gardens. It’s a spiritual place and somewhat of a retreat. It’s located in NE Skidmore street. You can learn more about them here.”
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“This has a dog park and is shaded with all the trees. Only a few blocks away from the apartment, you can find a big open field to host a baseball game or throw the frisbee. Concerts in the Park and Movies in the Park run throughout the summer. Check their schedule.”
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“Head north from the studio down 7th street and into the Sellwood Park. At the north end, you will find one of many entries into the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Park. The loop is about 3 miles but, no need to walk it all if you would rather just go look! Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge is a city park of about 141 acres. It is known for attracting a wide variety of birds and the feeling of being in the woods while viewing the wildlife is pretty fantastic! ”
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