There is nothing that my kids love more than getting out and exploring nature! If they can get super dirty while they are exploring they love it even more! Our travels today take us to Portland, Oregon. This state offers the best of both worlds, the appeal of the big city as well as the ability to get up close and personal with Mother Nature.
Family Friendly Trails:
In Portland there are several trails that you and your family can hike that will lead you to a waterfall.
The Latourell Falls in Portland, is a lesser frequented trail, a bonus for my family! Just note that there are some steep spots on the trail and runs for 2.4 miles.
The waterfall on the Shepperd’s Dell Trail can be seen from your car, but you won’t really experience all of it until you get out and take the short hike to the falls. This hike isn’t difficult at all and will keep the little legs in your group happy!
Located 30 miles past Portland is possibly the most popular waterfall spot in the state, Multnomah Falls. The walk from parking your car will take about 5 minutes or so.
While you are traveling around, make sure that you stop for a picture with the Paul Bunyan statue. He is 35 feet tall and and was built in 1959.
Portland Children’s Museum: There is so much to see and do here, you might want to plan for a whole day or at the very least a large chunk of time. There are many kid friendly areas like the garage, clay studio, the grocery store, and the twilight trail. The biggest problem will probably be getting your kids to leave!
Oaks Park Amusement Park: This amusement park offers old fashioned family fun. There is a roller skating rink, and tons of skee ball machines to name a very few of the attractions. Don’t worry they also have classic carnival type rides as well. Please note they are only open on Saturday and Sunday.
The World Forestry Center: This center offers a hands on look at the importance of trees and forests. There is so much for the little ones to explore that they won’t even realize that they are learning! Admission is extremely reasonable at $5 per person, kids under 3 are free.
If your schedule aligns with the team schedul,e head to Providence Park and check out a Portland Thorns soccer game.
Embassy Suites: This hotel is located in downtown Portland in the middle of all of the action. Breakfast is a complementary cooked to order set up. Score! My kids think that any hotel that has an indoor swimming pool (like this one does) is the best hotel ever!
Residence Inn Portland – This is a great option if you are wanting to save some money on meals; they offer kitchens in the rooms. There is, however, a free breakfast buffet if you are in a hurry to start your day.
If you are looking to treat yourself, then we have to tell you about the River Place Hotel. We haven’t stayed there yet but after reading the reviews and checking out the pictures, this hotel has zoomed to the top of our list. However, the price range puts the hotel firmly in the treat yourself range.
We are huge breakfast and brunch fans in my house so the Screen Door makes the top of our list. They offer both brunch and dinner. The chicken and waffles come very highly recommended! Just be prepared to wait if you decide to give it a try.
Next on our list is Shut Up and Eat. My kids get a thrill out of the slightly naughty name but you have to consider their ages – 6 and 4. The hubs and I love meatball subs and Philly Cheese Steaks. Bonus, they serve breakfast all day!
Ruby Jewel- Is an ice cream shop that offers some really unique flavors like honey lavender and Mexican chocolate.
If you head to Portland, Oregon let us know!