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All good children's books appeal not only to children, but to adults as well. Portland is like a storybook with activities children can enjoy on one level, and adults on another. While you may enter Kidd's Toy Museum or the Children's Museum thinking to entertain just the crumb crunchers, you may find your inner child coming out to play as well. Explore the magic of the Portland Rose Festival and Forrest Park hiking trails with ducklings in tow. Learn new things and teaching younger generations about them at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry or be wowed as a family at the Portland gardens. Even teenagers can be awed by attractions such as Multnomah Falls and the Annual Portland Pirate Festival. These, however, are just a few examples of the chapters in Portland's storybook. Read on.

Portland | Family Activities

Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum
  • Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum
  • The Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville is the manifestation of the ultimate dream of late Captain Michael King Smith (a true McMinnville hometown hero): to build a place devoted to...
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Forest Park
  • Forest Park
  • Built piece-by-piece from private donations and government action that spanned the late 1800s and early 1900s, Forest Park is one of the largest urban forest reserves in the United States. This...
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International Rose Test Garden
Kidd Toy Museum
  • Kidd Toy Museum
  • Through the winding rows of aging toys in the Kidd Toy Museum, childhood memories beckon your youthful self to come out and play. Frank Kidd's collection is housed on glass shelves that tease patrons with the thought of handling the archived relics.
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Macleay Park
  • Macleay Park
  • As a donation born from an act of tax avoidance and an argument between Portland's affluent, Macleay Park's history is in sordid contrast to the beauty of the land itself.
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Oregon Maritime Center
  • Oregon Maritime Center
  • With such ideal and unadulterated access to ocean trade and commerce, it is no wonder that Portland's maritime history is so closely entwined with the very development of the city itself.
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Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
  • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
  • For more than 60 years, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry has offered a hands-on approach to learning. OMSI features 219,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, a Northwest-revered planetarium, an impressive Omnimax Dome movie theatre, and yes, even a submarine.
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Pittock Mansion
  • Pittock Mansion
  • Portland's Pittock Mansion directly transports visitors back to the Rose City of the early 20th century. The three-story mansion includes nearly 23 rooms, each complete with ornate and worldly décor influenced by an eclectic mix of classic Turkish, English and French styles.
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Portland Aerial Tram
  • Portland Aerial Tram
  • The Rose City should be seen from all angles – including extreme heights. The perfect and most affordable way to do so is to take a trip on the Portland Aerial Tram.
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Portland Children's Museum
  • Portland Children's Museum
  • Have you ever wondered what a play-place large enough for adults would look like? The 50,000 sq-ft. Portland's Children Museum promotes fun in a healthy environment for everyone in the family.
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Portland Police Museum
  • Portland Police Museum
  • For the past 150 years, a select few of Portland's bravest have taken on the perilous life of a police officer, swearing to serve and protect by any means the city and citizens within it.
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Tillamook Cheese Factory
  • Tillamook Cheese Factory
  • Whether you use its butter for baking, its cheddar in a grilled cheese, or enjoy a bowl of its yogurt or ice cream, Tillamook dairy products are a staple in homes across the country; however, this...
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Washington Park
  • Washington Park
  • Portland's Washington Park is no ordinary day trip. A short drive from downtown (or an adventurous trek for those wanting to get into the Northwest spirit), it's difficult to decide...
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World Forestry Center Museum


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