Please note that this is not an itinerary submitted by an actual family. This day was planned by one of our travel experts as a recommendation for a family of children with ages 4 through late teens, based on knowledge of the city. Factors such as time, cost and distance have been considered to make this a great day to get a sense of the city and keep the children and teens interested and engaged.
Address: 4001 SW Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221
Hours: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Admission: Adults – $11.50, Seniors – $10, Children – $8.50
The Oregon Zoo is by far the wildest place in Oregon. This 64-acre zoo is located in Portland’s Washington Park. Built in 1888, Oregon Zoo is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and has successful breeding programs for California Condors and Asian Elephants. The zoo is arranged in five areas that range across different continents and ecosystems: Africa, Asia, Fragile Forests, Great Northwest and Pacific Shores. With 116 species and 28 exhibits, animal lovers of all ages will enjoy these spectacular habitats from around the world. For even more fun, the zoo hosts a concert series during the summer and produces a holiday light show, ZooLights in the winter.
Address: Lower Macleay Park Portland, Oregon 97221
Hours: 5:00 am – 10:00 pm
Explore the largest urban park in the country. Overlooking the beautiful Willamette River,Forest Park covers more than eight miles of the eastern slope of theTualatin Mountains. The 5,100-acre park is home to more than 112 bird species and 62 mammal species, along with a wide variety of trees. At 27 miles, Wildwood Trail is the longest trail in the park. This trail begins inWashington Park near the Oregon Zoo and runs through forest, shorter trails, small streams and roads. Forest Park Discovery Hikes are a great way to learn more about Forest Park.
The hikes are led by knowledgeable staff and are free for members (suggested donation of $10 for non-members).