Winter is upon us, sometimes limiting the potential fun to be had in the surrounding wilderness. For holiday activities, allow me to redirect you to Travel Portland's pages on Holiday Light Displays and Winter events more generally.
Fun, educational and refreshingly calm.
Another natural haven in the city!
Inexpensive old school entertainment - indoors.
Black-lit space-alien themed mini-golf.
OMSI is choc full of science - and other people.
It's more peaceful up north.
Human and natural history combine at this great little museum.
Quality rainy day play while you put your feet up.
The jewel in the crown of the Portland parks system.
Miles of beautiful trails in an easy to reach, easy to explore package. .
Even more ridiculously beautiful Oregon scenery.
Much watery fun for littl'ns. Out of season.
Family farm with labyrinth. Out of season.
Eclectic downtown water feature. Don't trip. Out of season.
About as close to Heaven as I'm likely to get. Out of season.
Beyond FoPo lies a secret garden...
Portland's miniature answer to St Andrews.
Another Sauvie Island gem, this trail takes you along beaches and through woodland to a popular landmark. Out of season.
Makes a nice little 1-2 with the more established Pumpkin Patch next door... Out of season.
A strenuous trail to a hidden gem.
Fruit-picking, hayrides, a corn maze... and pumpkins too! Out of season.
Beautiful, popular and dangerous, it's the Gorge's equivalent of whoever you fancied in High School. Temporarily closed for restoration.
Surprisingly child friendly. Permanently closed.
A lively summertime spot by the lake with plenty to do. Out of season.
A fun and festive day out for the whole family. Out of season.
Myriad themed play areas for younger children.
More city beachfront, for humans and dogs alike.
Soigné wading in the heart of downtown. Out of season.
Beautiful cars... to stare at...
As assortment of lovely trails for little legs.
Recreation and history in a tranquil setting.
A giant waterfall! A cave! A canyon! Water to splash in!
A great little family-run Fall experience right here in town. Out of season.
The dude abides. Permanently closed.
Nature trails and a trout hatchery. Difference is beautiful. And different. Out of season.
Fly like a G6? Me neither. But at least you can achieve temporary flight at G6. Permanently closed.
Yet another lovely riverfront park...
Boring in name only... Out of season.
Stunning little trails, minutes from the city.
Where goats perform tricks for food. And other delights!
An impressive array of pumpkin related farmyard merriment. Out of season.
Upscale midway entertainment for rainy days.
Unique, peaceful and contemplative. .
An iconic hike offering stunning views of the gorge.
A petite wetlands area not far from the airport.
Colorful trails and a fun visitor center.
Old school family fun at a reasonable price. Out of season.
Two waterfalls and varied scenery accompany the climb.
An "interactive adventure" around downtown's hotspots.
A maze of looping trails, just up the hill from the city.
Impressive, transient objects d'arte - and a sandpit. Event of the past.
More Scotland than you can toss a caber at! Out of season.
Doesn't quite live up to its name.
More soigné and bijou than Sauvie Island. Naturellement.
Two waterfalls in one easy hike.
Mexico 1 - 0 France. Viva la fiesta! Out of season.
No frills, unpretentious mini-golf fun. Permanently closed.
A pretty lakeside trail, plus other amenities.
Ethereal and serene, quite unlike most children.
Garlic, garlicky treats and more legroom than Air France. Out of season.
Two of the more spectacular and lesser known falls. Temporarily closed for restoration.
Portland Nursery's bucolic fall festival. Out of season.
Mini golf in the city. Out of season.
The boat to nowhere - because it's a museum.
At least 90% more awesome than rumors would suggest. Out of season.
Easily the best county fair anywhere near Portland. Out of season.
After 200 years, still the only reason to visit Vancouver.
The beach within reach.
OK, so it's not in Portland. But it really is too big to miss. Out of season.
A nature trail within shouting distance of civilization (well, Westmoreland).
Open trails and woodland with a fantastic backdrop.
An oasis of tranquility.
A great introduction to the great outdoors.
Portland's largest play structure is usually pretty busy.
Blacklit minigolf... without pirates?! Permanently closed.
So that's where all the cowboys went! Out of season.
A neighborhood park with water features - and scary birds.
Portland's most scenic overlook?
The Family Fun Center is - pleasingly - exactly that.
A sublime showcase of Northwestern habitats.
A fairly dull hike in fairly dull suburbs - with a nice playground.
Something a little different for the next wet weekend.
A fun, 36-hole introduction to a good walk spoiled.
Pleasant and fun (if not cheap) shopping.
Quiet, forested paths just a whisker from the mall...
Shhhhh... it's a secret!
A great day in the gorge for intermediate little hikers. Temporarily closed for restoration.
Three reservoirs, two playgrounds and a volcano.
Beautiful forested and riverside trails over on the wrong side of Gresham.
A big, beautiful park to play in – especially in summer.
Who knew there was a mountain in Beaverton?
Enjoy train, trail, tram and trolley in an afternoon.
Easy access to the natural beauty of Forest Park.
Small but perfectly formed.
More autumnal delights! Permanently closed.
Wildlife on your doorstep. Pack DEET.
An enormous playground and space to kick a ball around...
Sand, trails, driftwood and container ships. .
England, only cheaper and without the sarcasm. Out of season.
An easy going wetland hike and nature trail.
A pretty spot for hiking and other pastimes, if a little out of the way.
A neighborhood playground with a pretty stream en suite.
Veggie car racing, among other delights... Event of the past.
Welcome to Portland's second creepiest park!
Portland's creepiest park. Avoid at all costs.