5 Great Places to Picnic in Portland, OR

When the weather cooperates, we all love to get outside and explore the world around us. There is nothing more refreshing and soothing to the soul than a picnic in the sun, surrounded by the beauty of nature. Every city in the United States has incredible locations for picnicking. Below are 5 Great Places to Picnic in Portland.

Tanner Springs Park

A fantastic, unique park in the Pearl District of Portland. The park is situated on former wetlands, and has boardwalks that take you over the water where you can see lotus flowers and lily pads and more. Across from these wetlands is an open grassy area with several trees and benches for picnicking. The park is smaller, but normally not too crowded. One of the most unique features of the park is the wall which runs along one side of it. The wall is made from railroad tracks and hand-painted glass. So, a visit to Tanner Springs Park for a picnic feels special – the artistry of both nature and humanity is on full display. 

Council Crest Park

Built in 1937, this hilltop park has become a beloved landmark in Portland. At the top of the hill, you are treated to panoramic views of the city and the snow capped mountain in the distance. On the way to the top, you’ll follow fun wooded trails with secret alcoves of benches. The top of the hill is the best place for picnicking, either on the open field or on a bench near the edge, overlooking everything.

Mt Tabor Park

Mt Tabor Park covers a large area East of Portland. It sits on an extinct volcano and is covered in a beautiful forest of towering pines. There are picnic pavilions in the groves of trees, like secret places tucked away. There are two large reservoirs if you prefer a lakeside picnic. The Mt Tabor Stairs (either North or South) are a fabulous attraction as well. If you can make the climb, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views. Mt Tabor East Picnic Area is another excellent place to stop because it sits above the city and has clear views of the mountains in the distance.

Washington Park 

One of the largest, most popular parks in Downtown Portland. Washington Park is home to the Oregon Zoo, Hoyt Arboretum, Rose Garden, and Japanese Garden as well as several other meadows and gardens. You will never be at a loss for scenery to marvel at or to picnic near. Some of the best places to picnic are near the playground, the Secret Garden, at the Stevens Pavilion Picnic Shelter near Hoyt Arboretum, or on the Big Meadow.

Laurelhurst Park

An absolutely stunning and rich oasis just East of Downtown Portland. You can charm the ducks on the pond or walk the trails sheltered by lush trees. The park is dog-friendly and has a playground, so it is the perfect getaway for the whole family.

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