What are the best kids activities in Portland?

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Melissa Wilmot

Portland boasts many family-oriented activities that make traveling with kids easy and fun. Enjoy some of the following, and you'll understand why so many young families make Portland their home!

  • Rose Garden Children's Park is quite possibly the best outdoor play area in Portland. Built in 1995 with $2 million in donations, it features a huge, colorful play structure complete with swings, slides, ramps and more to keep kids entertained for hours. It is also designed to accommodate all children, including those with disabilities.
  • Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI) is a big hit with people of all ages, and definitely captivating to kids. The museum is a scientific, educational and cultural resource center that makes learning experiences fun and entertaining, and the hands-on exhibits will get the whole family engaged.
  • The Oregon Zoo sits on 64 acres in the West Hills of Portland and features elephants, flamingos, polar bears, giraffes, lions, wild dogs, and so much more. It's stroller accessible and truly a kid's dream destination. Treat yourselves to elephant ears while you sit on the lawn, or walk through the terrific lorikeet walk-through aviary.
  • Jamison Square in the Pearl District is a great place to take a picnic lunch, and if the temps warm up, let the kids run around in the water fountains with their shoes off.
  • The Portland Children's Museum is home to some of the best hands-on fun Portland has to offer kids (especially on a rainy day!). And, running May 25 through September 22, the museum will be host to the Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice exhibit. The only disappointed kids leaving the museum's doors are ones who aren't ready to go home yet!

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