Fort Vancouver offers an impressive insight into frontier history, with much to interest older children.
Open year round except January 1, November 25, and December 24, 25, and 31. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. On Sundays, the Visitor Center is open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and the reconstructed fort is open noon to 5:00 p.m.
Given how impressive this site is, I was somewhat surprised that it wasn’t busier and that more people don’t talk about it and I had managed to live in Portland for eight years without seeing it before. Perhaps it’s one of those places that local children are dragged around on school trips, thus denuding it of any further interest, much like being made to read Shakespeare at fourteen. Overall the historic virtues of the site – which are considerable – were lost on my five-year-old, but I think there’s much to interest older children.
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612 E. Reserve Street, Vancouver, WA 98661 [Google map].
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