101 Family Day Trips from Portland | Kids Out and About Portland

101 Family Day Trips from Portland


**COVID UPDATE: Maybe you've had to cancel that big vacation you've planned. Or you just want to dream up all the fun outings that the future holds for you and your family. One place to get started is our big list of day trips. Now, not every place will be open or operating quite as it usually does, but it's a quick link over to learn the details directly from the destination. It is extremely important that you confirm opening status with each organization listed below as COVID-19 affects venue options differently, and things change constantly.

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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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


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
Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum
Tillamook Air Museum 
Willamette Shore Trolley


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


Play Ball!

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


Treat Yo' Self

  Beaux Berry
Cool Moon
Ruby Jewel
Salt and Straw
What's the Scoop


Connect with Nature

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


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


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