Outdoors
in Portland, OR (showing 1 - 12 out of 19)

There’s nothing better than breathing fresh air and getting in touch with nature. State parks, botanical gardens, trails, lakes, and farms are exactly the place to do it – and this area is full of them.

Take a look at all the options within driving distance – you’ll be surprised at how close your next adventure is. We provide the driving directions, but the sunscreen’s on you!

Alberta Park

1905 NE Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97211   Directions

(503) 823-7529

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Enjoy one of Portland's beautiful outdoor spaces and hang out at Alberta Park. The park offers amenities and attractions like a basketball court, a soccer field, a baseball field, a tennis court, paved walking paths, and an off-leash dog area where pups can roam free. There's also a playground where the kiddos can run wild and picnic tables where everyone can hang out together.

Audubon Sanctuary

5151 NW Cornell Rd
Portland, OR 97210   Directions

(503) 292-6855

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The flora and fauna of the region is presented perfectly at the Audubon Sanctuary. Explore this 150-acre outdoor oasis through its four miles of hiking trails, where you'll see a variety of plant and animal life along the way. Features of the sanctuary include Balch Creek, and the Wildlife Care Center.

Forest Park

Portland, OR

(503) 823-4492

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There's no better place to enjoy nature than at Portland's Forest Park, known as the nation's largest wooded city park. The park occupies over 5,000 acres and sits overlooking the beautiful Willamette River, providing a peaceful environment for hikers, bikers, and outdoor lovers in general.

Hoyt Arboretum

4000 SW Fairview Blvd
Portland, OR 97221   Directions

(503) 865-8733

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See the natural beauty of Portland first hand at the Hoyt Arboretum. The arboretum was founded to conserve endangered species and wilderness. There are over 12 miles of trails that weave throughout the 187-acre expanse, offering you the perfect vantage point to observe the beauty of Oregon.

International Rose Test Garden

400 SW Kingston Ave
Portland, OR 97205   Directions

(503) 823-3636

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Smell the roses at the International Rose Test Garden. The garden features walking paths throughout so you can walk through and see the wide variety of over 722 types of roses blooming here. This rose garden is located in Washington Park, so there's plenty to see and do here.

Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve

2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy
Hillsboro, OR 97123   Directions

(503) 681-6206

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Enjoy being in the presence of nature at the Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve. Outdoor beauty and wildlife come together in a perfect presentation of beautiful, undisturbed Oregon landscape here at this 725-acre preserve. Here, you'll have the chance to spy otters, deer, beavers, geese, ducks and other animals thriving in their natural habitat.

Lan Su Chinese Garden

239 NW Everett St
Portland, OR 79209   Directions

(503) 228-8131

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Get a glimpse of Chinese culture and history through the natural attractions at Lan Su Chinese Garden. The garden is home to several beautiful plants including water lilies, begonias, roses, hibiscus, crape myrtle, and others. Lan Su also includes a teahouse that serves up a variety of teas like oolong, white tea, and herbal tea.

Leach Botanical Garden

6704 SE 122nd Ave
Portland, OR 97236   Directions

(503) 823-9503

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Indulge in the outdoor beauty found within the Leach Botanical Garden. The garden harbors a wide variety of native plants, including blooms that have been around since before the area was settled. If you want to dig a little deeper and get more insight to the garden's most beautiful flowers, take a look at the Botanical Library at Leach Garden.

Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge

Portland, OR

(503) 823-7529

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The Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge is comprised of the wetlands on the east bank of the Willamette River. This preservation area stretches a little over 140 acres and provides several hiking and biking trails for those who want to explore nature and enjoy the great outdoors.

Oregon Zoo

4001 SW Canyon Rd
Portland, OR 97221   Directions

(503) 226-1561

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From Africa to Asian, the Amazon and beyond, explore the attractions at the Oregon Zoo. The animals here are housed in a variety of exhibits that replicate their natural habitat. On your journey through the zoo, you'll see animals like lions, zebras, rhinos, tigers, elephants, bears, and even dinosaurs. That's right, the Oregon Zoo is home to animatronic dinosaurs that bring the prehistoric creatures back to life.

Portland Japanese Garden

611 SW Kingston Ave
Portland, OR 97205   Directions

(503) 223-1321

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Embark on a journey through the Portland Japanese Garden, hailed as “the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan.” As you roam through, you'll find that there are five main gardens: Flat Garden, Strolling Pond Garden, The Tea Garden, Natural Garden, and Sand and Stone Garden. Tranquility and lovely scenery are guaranteed here.

Sauvie Island

Portland, OR

(877) 678-5263

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Escape the city for some fun on Sauvie Island. The island is large, boasting its own rivers, lakes, and islands, and its plentiful natural beauty has made it a popular destination for outdoor revelers. Sauvie Island has several areas for hiking and biking, and is also a great place to experience birdwatching, hunting, and fishing. On your way to the island be sure to look to the horizon to catch a pristine view of the Cascade Mountain Range, including Mt. Rainer, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Jefferson.

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