in Portland, OR (showing 13 - 19 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!

Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area

5300 N Marine Dr
Portland, OR 97203   Directions

(503) 797-1545


Appreciate the life of the outdoors as you take in the sights at the Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area. As America's largest protected urban wetland, this natural area is home to animals like beavers, river otters, bald eagles, turtles, osprey and more. While Bybee Lake serves as a preserve, Smith Lake is a popular destination for light water recreation like fishing or canoeing.

Tanner Springs Park

Portland, OR

(503) 823-7529


Stop for a break from hustle and bustle at Tanner Springs Park. The park boasts paved walking paths, public art and statues, along with water features throughout. This lovely outdoor oasis occupies a little less than an acre of space, located between 10th Avenue and Marshall Street.

The Grotto

8840 NE Skidmore St
Portland, OR 97220   Directions

(503) 254-7371


Whether you want to appreciate your love for nature or revel in your Catholic faith, The Grotto is the place to do it. The National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, or The Grotto, is a Catholic shrine and a botanical garden. The 62-acre garden includes beautiful plants, several sculptures, and walking paths throughout.

Tryon Creek State Park

11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd
Portland, OR 97219   Directions

(503) 636-9886


Hang out in the middle of the city at Tryon Creek State Park. This park is the only state park in Oregon to be located within a metropolitan area, meaning you can experience fun outdoors without having to venture too far from the city. Hiking, biking, and nature walking are popular at this park.

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

19255 SW Pacific Highway
Sherwood, OR 97140   Directions

(503) 625-5945


Explore the habitat of some of Portland's native wildlife at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is home to a variety of creatures, including about 200 species of birds, 50 species of mammals, and 25 species of reptiles and amphibians. Be sure to check out the exhibits at the Wildlife Center to learn a little more about the wildlife you'll see as you venture through the outdoor preserve.

Waterfront Park

98 SW Naito Pkwy
Portland, OR 97204   Directions

(503) 823-7529


Family time just got a lot more scenic. Plan a day of fun at Waterfront Park. This park overlooks the Willamette River and features a walking path throughout. Along with its gorgeous views and blooming cherry blossom trees, the park is home to a number of important landmarks, including the Japanese American Historical Plaza.

World Forestry Center & Discovery Museum

4033 SW Canyon Rd
Portland, OR 97221   Directions

(503) 228-1367


Learn about forests and their impact on our environment at the World Forestry Center & Discovery Museum. Exhibits showcase the system and structure of forests throughout the world. There have been features on logging, the story of chocolate and the cacao tree, and the wildlife that calls the forest home, like bats and wildcats.

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