#PortlandBusiness: Washington Park
When looking for things to do in Portland, look no further than Washington Park. This urban oasis is located just two miles west of downtown Portland, making it an easy way to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city. Here are a few of the highlights of Washington Park.
Oregon Zoo: People of all ages will delight in the Oregon Zoo. Visitors will enjoy almost 2,000 animals from over 200 species. Highlights include the Cougar Crossing, the Family Farm, the Polar Passage, the Penguinarium, and Black Bear Ridge. The zoo also boasts a beautifully handcrafted carousel for your enjoyment.
Portland Japanese Garden: The famous Portland Japanese Garden is a tranquil place to spend a few hours soaking up the wonder of Mother Nature. With eight unique gardens, this special area is a great place to learn more about Japanese culture and history. Be sure to plan time to grab a bite to eat and a cup of authentic Japanese tea at the Umami Café.
Rose Garden Children's Playground: The Rose Garden Children's Playground is a hit with kids. The playground features swings, slides, and a fun sandpit. You can rent the nearby Elephant House for your next event or children's birthday party.
Hoyt Arboretum: This living museum offers you 190 acres along with 12 miles of hiking and running trails. The arboretum was founded in 1928 as a place for the community to gather and appreciate the 2,300 species of trees and shrubs that call this park home. Not only can you simply wander the arboretum at your leisure, but you can also take classes or a guided tour.
Other Amenities: The park also delivers plenty of green space, allowing you to get out and play. Six tennis courts are available for free on a first-come, first-served basis. Or you can reserve your court time for a fee. Do not forget to visit the various memorials and statues at the park, including the Oregon Holocaust Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans of Oregon Memorial, and the Sacajawea Memorial.
The park also offers restroom facilities at the Rose Garden Plaza, the Hoyt Arboretum Visitor’s Center, and TriMet Plaza. Visitors will appreciate the convenience of multiple picnic tables scattered throughout the park.
What to Know: This park is open from 5 am to 10 pm every day. While the park is free to enter, there is a parking fee of $2 per hour. There is also a charge to visit the Oregon Zoo and the Portland Japanese Garden. The park encourages people to take public transit when possible. Visitors can also take advantage of the free shuttle that runs through the park.
Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest with a visit to this sprawling park. There is truly something for everyone at this outdoor haven.