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Venture Through Portland's Nature Walk

Enjoy one of America’s most fascinating wilderness trails when visiting Washington Park.

Explore Washington Park with trails that connect you to downtown fun. Enjoy one of America’s most fascinating wilderness trails when visiting Washington Park. 

 “Washington Park is home to some of the city’s top attractions including the Portland Japanese Garden, Oregon Zoo, Hoyt Arboretum, Portland Children’s Museum and much more. A walking path connects all of the attractions in addition to a shuttle that operates in the summer months,” stated Marcus Hibdon, Travel Portland Director of Communications and Public Relations. 

Experience nature with a 3-mile walk through the Washington Park trail. This trail gives hikers the chance to visit many of Portland’s premier attractions. The Washington Park trail connects to the Oregon Zoo, Portland’s nature gardens, and the Portland Children’s Museum.

View the beauty of nature when visiting Portland’s green gardens. Visit America’s oldest public rose test garden. Portland’s International Rose Garden offers a variety of more than 10,000 rose bushes. 

Location: 400 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR. 97205

*Garden hours are 7:30 am to 9:00 pm and offer FREE public tours that are offered daily at 1:00 pm. 

Stroll through the Portland Japanese Garden and witness the awe-inspiring garden escapes such as a waterfall pond, ceremonial teahouse, natural garden, flat garden and sand-stone garden. The Japanese Garden has traditional cherry trees, Azaleas, and Japanese maples. 

Location: 611 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR. 97205. 2 min walk from the International Rose Test Garden. 

*Hours vary during season and admissions are posted via

Admission: Adult (age 18-64) pay 16.95, Children (0-5) Free, Senior (age 65-99) pay 14.50, Youth (6-17) pay 11.50. 

Observe the marvelous views from Pittock mansion with views of Portland’s skyline as long with eye-dropping views of Mount Hood. View the history of the Pittock’s with a tour that takes you through the historic legacy of one of the most influential families. 

Location: 3229 NW Pittock Dr, Portland, OR 97210

Hours: Pittock Mansion is open daily from 10 am to 4 pm. *Holiday hours may vary


Practice your roar and hike on into the Oregon Zoo. Learn more about the animals by visiting many attracting exhibits including the Giraffe Feeding Deck, family farm, and even behind the scenes tours! See the Oregon ZooLights! ZooLights give the Oregon Zoo a festive approach by lighting up the zoo with holiday cheer. 

Hours and Admission: The Oregon Zoo’s hours change seasonally and are open every day besides Christmas. Adults (12 and up) pay $22.95, children (3-11) pay $12.95 and children 2 and under are free. 

ZooLights: November 29th, 2019, to January 5th, 2020. Tickets prices listed online


Hike through the Hoyt Arboretum; Portland’s living museum homes over 2,000 species of trees and plants from all over the world. Navigate the trail and enjoy the nature-filled scenery. The Hoyt Arboretum is located minutes away from downtown Portland and is free! 

Location: 4000 SW Fairview Blvd, Portland, OR 972221

*Open daily from 5 am to 10 pm. 


Venture off-trail and create moments that your kids will never forget. Whether it’s the Clay Studio, Outdoor Adventure, or Theater, your kids will be able to make their imagination come true. The Portland Children’s Museum provides playful and educational exhibits throughout the museum. 

Location: 4015 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, Oregon. 97221

Hours and admission: The Portland Children’s Museum is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. 

Non-members $11

Senior: $10

Military: $9

Underage 1: Free

“You can hop on the city's light rail downtown and be at the start of the 30-mile Wildwood trail within 15 minutes, all without getting in a car. Washington Park's access to urban greenspace, along with its museums, gardens, and zoo, make it one of the best city parks in the country,” stated Heather McCarey, Executive Director of Washington Park. 

*Washington Park offers a free shuttle across the trails and exploring the venues and attractions in the park. Shuttles are offered for pickup at all attractions every 15 minutes. First stop, TriMet Washington Park Max Station and last stop, Lewis & Clark. 

Washington Park Transportation and Information: 

Location: 4033 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR 97221

Contact: 503-319-0999 or email

Transportation: Washington Park offers free shuttles with hours that vary throughout the year. Other ways of transportation; Walking, driving and Max light rail Blue and Red Lines. 

Parking & Fee’s: $2.00/Hour and $8.00 per day.

Park hours: 9:30 to 8:00 pm including holidays. 


By Digital Content Intern, Joshua Camara 

Photo Credit: Travel Portland

                       Oregon Zoo


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