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.
It's more peaceful up north.
Portland's miniature answer to St Andrews.
Inexpensive old school entertainment - indoors.
A strenuous trail to a hidden gem.
Fun, educational and refreshingly calm.
Even more ridiculously beautiful Oregon scenery.
Human and natural history combine at this great little museum.
Miles of beautiful trails in an easy to reach, easy to explore package. .
Eclectic downtown water feature. Don't trip. Out of season.
OMSI is choc full of science - and other people.
Beautiful, popular and dangerous, it's the Gorge's equivalent of whoever you fancied in High School.
Quality rainy day play while you put your feet up.
Another Sauvie Island gem, this trail takes you along beaches and through woodland to a popular landmark. Out of season.
A lively summertime spot by the lake with plenty to do. Out of season.
Much watery fun for littl'ns. Out of season.
Fruit-picking, hayrides, a corn maze... and pumpkins too! Out of season.
Myriad themed play areas for younger children.
Makes a nice little 1-2 with the more established Pumpkin Patch next door... Out of season.
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!
About as close to Heaven as I'm likely to get. Out of season.
A great little family-run Fall experience right here in town. Out of season.
Nature trails and a trout hatchery. Difference is beautiful. And different.
Fly like a G6? Me neither. But at least you can achieve temporary flight at G6.
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.
Another natural haven in the city!
Surprisingly child friendly. Out of season.
Upscale midway entertainment for rainy days.
Unique, peaceful and contemplative. .
Black-lit space-alien themed mini-golf.
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.
Beyond FoPo lies a secret garden...
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.
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. Out of season.
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.
A fun and festive day out for the whole family. Out of season.
Two of the more spectacular and lesser known falls.
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.
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?!
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.
Three reservoirs, two playgrounds and a volcano.
The beach within reach.
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! Out of season.
Wildlife on your doorstep. Pack DEET.
An enormous playground and space to kick a ball around...
The jewel in the crown of the Portland parks system.
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.
Welcome to Portland's second creepiest park!
Portland's creepiest park. Avoid at all costs.