Thinking of a wonderful place to take your kids for the weekend? Want your kids to take their eyes off of their phones for a whole day without getting bored? Want them to enjoy the beauty of what this world can offer? Then Portland city will be your best choice. The city offers numerous fun activities and places to visit for you and your children regardless of the season. I bet your children will love the city with its loving and friendly people and the culture, its trees and lakes, its trains and museums, and its mouthwatering food that will make you want to want more.
The International Rose Test Garden
The city is known for its vibrant and very colorful roses. Roses grow like crazy everywhere in the city and they are such a beauty surrounding the city thus naming it “The city of Roses”. Amongst many nicknames the city has, this one really stood out and have stuck for more than a century. The International Rose Test Garden alone is home to more than 7,000 rose plants of approximately 550 varieties. A walk in the middle of this rose garden is simply exhilarating with its mesmerizing colors and scents. One can spend hours just walking, smelling and taking photos.
One of the country’s largest urban forest reserves, it covers more than 5,100 acres of land. The park offers over 70 miles of recreational trails to choose from. There are many great trails that’s ideal for your kids and one favorite is the trail leading to the “Witches Castle.” There is great history behind the ruins and let your kids’ minds wander as they explore the stone building that’s supposedly haunted.
One of the oldest zoo in the country, it is home to more than 2,000 different and some rare animals from all over the world. The animals in the comes in different sizes from the smallest frogs to the tallest giraffes’ and huge cats from Africa. The zoo is also known for its special events and daily animal activities.
Portland Japanese Garden
It is said that this garden is the most beautiful Japanese garden outside Japan. The garden boasts five different garden styles with each just as beautiful as the last. Make your kids feel as if they have travelled to Japan and it’s a fun way to teach your kids the different culture and artistry of Japan.
Portland’s Children Museum
The museum is dedicated to teaching children by ways of a fun and playful learning. The museum has learning environments that inspire new ideas, creativity, and imagination for different age groups. Let your kids learn about the different tools of arts and sciences, let them explore a new way of learning with other kids, let the kids create new ideas and be inventors in their own time.
The Oaks Amusement Park
The oldest operating amusement park in the country, it offers different rides for everyone. It has thrilling rides, carnivals, a play area, face paintings, a skating rink and free shows on their community stage. The park is definitely a must visit for you and your kids, a visit that’s full of fun and entertainment.
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
One of the nation’s leading science museums and included in the top ten of science museums in the country, it has five enormous halls and six science labs that sits in a 219,000 square feet of brain powered fun. Watch a movie in their giant 4-storey screen, take part in science live lab demonstrations, explore the universe in their planetarium, tour a real submarine, or even rocket through space or even experience an earthquake. Experience a world-class science tour in the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
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