Fun Summer Things To Do In Portland, OR

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Summer is finally here!  The kids are out of school, and backyard barbecues are taking place all over the nation.  After the year we had in 2020, and most people having chosen not to take a vacation, you can almost rest assured that families will be out in full force this year.

With this in mind, we thought we would offer a few great vacation ideas to help you plan, as well as some places that would be great for just a few days away.  We all need time to recharge and some well-deserved play in the sunshine.

Here are some of the best places to check out this summer!


1945 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR 97214

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is a science and technology museum that contains three auditoriums, including a large-screen theatre, planetarium, and exhibition halls with a variety of hands-on permanent exhibits focused on natural sciences, industry, and technology. Transient exhibits span a wider range of disciplines.  Visitors can experience our latest feature exhibition, Dinosaurs Revealed, the Natural Science Hall, USS Blueback Submarine, Empirical Theater, and Planetarium presentations.

Pittock Mansion

3229 NW Pittock Drive, Portland, OR 97210

The Pittock Mansion is a French Renaissance-style château originally built in 1914 as a private home for London-born Oregonian publisher Henry Pittock and his wife, Georgiana Burton Pittock. It is a 46-room estate built of Tenino Sandstone situated on 46 acres that are now owned by the city’s Bureau of Parks and Recreation and open for touring. Modeled after Victorian and French Renaissance architecture, the mansion is situated on an expanse in the West Hills that provides panoramic views of Downtown Portland. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

Washington Park

4033 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR 97221

Washington Park is a public urban park that includes a zoo, forestry museum, Arboretum, children’s museum, rose garden, Japanese garden, amphitheater, memorials, archery range, tennis courts, soccer field, picnic areas, playgrounds, public art, and many acres of wild forest with miles of trails. Washington Park covers more than 458 acres on mostly steep, wooded hillsides, which range in elevation from 200 feet to 870 feet. It comprises 241.45 acres of city parkland that has been officially designated as “Washington Park” by the City of Portland, as well as the adjacent 64-acre Oregon Zoo and the 153-acre Hoyt Arboretum, which together make up the area described as “Washington Park” on signs and maps.

Hoyt Arboretum

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