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101 Family Day Trips and Staycations Around Portland


**Follow each link to get details about your visit directly from your destination, since some places operate seasonally or by reservation, as well as to check each venue's COVID requirements (masks, limits, social distancing).

Free activities and splurges that are worth it. The coolest stuff for a staycation in town and road trips for less than a tank of gas from Portland. Kids Out And About has tons of ideas for family travel, with places to explore, learn, and have fun!

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Take A Deep Breath In the Garden

Hoyt Arboretum
International Rose Test Garden
Portland Japanese Garden
Pensula Park Rose Garden
Lan Su Chinese Garden
Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden


Get Wild on a Hike

  Oxbow Regional Park
Tualatin Hills Nature Park
Columbia Hills State Park
Short Sand Beach


Time Travel Today

  Portland Chinatown Museum
End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center 
Rice Museum of Rocks and Minerals
Newell Pioneer Village 
Old Aurora Colony Museum
Ft. Vancouver
Oregon Rail Heritage Center
Pittock Mansion


Make Life a Beach

Cannon Beach
Cobble Beach at Yaquina Head
Pacific City
Gearhart Beach
Rockaway Beach
Poet's Beach
Oswald West State Park 


Splash into Some Water Fun

Wings and Waves Water Park
  North Clackamas Aquatic Park
Osborn Aquatic Center
Splash! at Lively Park


Spend the Day at a Museum

  Rice Museum of Rocks and Minerals
Columbia River Maritime Museum
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
World Forestry Center
Portland Puppet Museum


Explore These Cities



All Aboard Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (and Boats!)

  Oregon Maritime Museum 
Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum
Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum
Eugene Science Center
Oregon Rail Heritage Center
Tillamook Air Museum 
Willamette Shore Trolley
Aircraft Aviation Museum


Grow Some Fun at the Farm

  Topaz Farm
The Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island
Douglas Farm U-Pick
The Belmont Goats
The Side Yard Farm and Kitchen
Lee Farms


Play Ball!

  Paddle Palace
KingPins (Portland)
Batting A Thousand
Portland Tennis Center


Treat Yo' Self

  Beaux Berry
Cool Moon
Ruby Jewel
Salt and Straw


Connect with Nature

International Rose Test Garden
Leach Botanical Garden
  Hoyt Arboretum
Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden
Portland Memory Garden
World Forestry Center


Amuse Yourself at These Amusement Parks

  Enchanted Forest
  Oaks Amusement Park 


Talk to the Animals

The Belmont Goats
Oregon Zoo
Alpacas of Oregon
Woodland Park Zoo
Wildlife Safari 
Oregon Coast Aquarium


Explore the Globe Close to Home

  Japanese American Museum of Oregon
Portland Chinatown Museum
Portland Japanese Garden
Lan Su Chinese Garden
Seattle Japantown


Let's Go Chasing Waterfalls

  Multnomah Falls
Latourell Falls
Willamette Falls 
  Potholes Falls
Bridal Veil Falls 


Get Active Indoors

  Playdate PDX
Monkey King Play House
Nest Playground
Sky Zone
The Little Gym of Lake Oswego
The Wiggle Room


Challenge Yourself

  Oregon Symphony
Portland Art Museum
Escape Games PDX
LLoyd Center Ice Rink


Shop Your Heart Out

  Black Wagon
Kids At Heart Toys
Oodles For Kids
Hammer and Jacks

Limiting our list to 101 ideas meant some great destinations may have been left off the list - if there is something you’d like to see added, share it with us on Facebook!

Most of these destinations are within an hour from downtown Portland. For those that are a bit farther away:

             = Less than 1 hour away

          = 1 to 2 hours away

       = 2 to 3 hours away

   = Just over 3 hours away