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Washington Park

Washington Park is a sprawling woodland in Southwest Portland, home to the Oregon Zoo, Portland Children’s Museum, and a series of gardens including the International Rose Test Garden, Hoyt Arboretum, and the Portland Japanese Garden. Cycling paths and walking trails wind throughout the park, providing a convenient nature escape. 


The Basics

Stroll through Washington Park’s many trails, rent a bike to explore on two wheels, or bring a lunch to enjoy at one of the park’s picnic areas. Don’t miss the 64-acre (61.5-hectare) zoo, which houses more than 2,000 animals from North America, Asia, and Africa; the Children’s Museum with its 12-foot (3.7-meter) waterfall; and the Japanese Garden’s vine-draped arbors, curving bridges, and stone sculptures. 


Washington Park is a top Portland attraction and therefore features on many city sightseeing tours, whether you want to explore on a full-day or half-day excursion. Small-group guided tours are available, and you can also see the park at your own pace on a hop-on hop-off trolley tour. 


Things to Know Before You Go

  • Washington Park is a must-see for nature lovers and families with kids. 
  • Remember to bring sun protection and comfortable walking shoes. 
  • Visitor facilities include restrooms, gift shops, picnic areas, and multiple information kiosks. 
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking is available. 


How to Get There

Washington Park is located roughly 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) from Downtown Portland. Parking for cars is limited, especially during warm, sunny weekends. The city’s MAX Light Rail is a good public transportation option, and from May through September a free shuttle service runs on a loop through the park. Biking and walking trails also connect the park to Downtown Portland. 


When to Get There

You can visit Washington Park year-round, but Portland’s weather is typically best from June through August. To avoid crowds, opt for an early morning or late afternoon visit. 


Other Attractions in Washington Park 

Besides the famous rose garden, Japanese garden, and arboretum, Washington Park also houses the World Forestry Center with exhibits exploring forests in the Pacific Northwest and around the world, the Oregon Holocaust Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans of Oregon Memorial, tennis courts, and an archery range. 

Address: 400 Southwest Kingston Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97201, USA
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Portland Sightseeing Tour Including Columbia Gorge Waterfalls

Portland Sightseeing Tour Including Columbia Gorge Waterfalls

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Experience highlights of the Portland area on this full-day sightseeing tour, including the blossoming food cart culture, diverse neighborhoods, Pioneer Courthouse Square, and the unspoiled beauty of the Columbia River Gorge. Immerse yourself in a guided tour of Portland’s fascinating history and quirky contemporary culture.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Forest Park Urban Hiking Tour

Forest Park Urban Hiking Tour

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When tour guests asks us, "what one thing should I not miss in Portland," we pick the 4.5- to 5-mile (8-9 km) hike in Forest Park. No matter what the season, hiking in the park is entering another world right on the borders (and through the fabric) of the city. We offer two daily departures, both with varied terrain and about 900 ft elevation gain. The morning hike is focused around a classic Northwest Portland experience, and ends at the International Rose Test Garden, the Forest Park Experience (9 a.m. to noon). The afternoon hike starts at Goose Hollow, weaves through the neighborhoods and up into the park, the Goose Hollow to the Forest (1 to 5 p.m.). Both pass the iconic spots; Japanese Garden, Pittock Mansion, and Witch's Castle; but take a different approach to the forest. Being in Forest Park is to be immersed a fluid place that exists both in and out of time. In the forest—within minutes leaving the street—you can forget, or wonder at the fact that you are still in a city.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Discover Portland Half-Day Small-Group City Tour

Discover Portland Half-Day Small-Group City Tour

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On this 3.5-hour tour, you'll get a broad overview of the Central City. We'll make stops at Pittock Mansion, the International Rose Test Gardens, and the Portland Aerial Tram. At Pittock Mansion, you'll get pictures of the best views of the city, and the five stratovolcanoes that are visible on a clear day. You'll have plenty of time to smell the roses at the Rose City's most famous garden. You'll get another great view of the city riding the Aerial Tram (*PORTLAND AERIAL TRAM CURRENTLY CLOSED TO PUBLIC DUE TO COVID-19*). Your expert guide will provide background on the sites and city history, while navigating through city traffic, so you don't have to. You'll meander through all of the major neighborhoods of inner Portland on both sides of the river while gaining views of 14 of Bridgetown's 22 notable bridges. Your guide will return you to your departure location at the end of the tour. Book our Explore Columbia River Gorge Half-Day Small-Group Tour as well, and receive $10 cash back.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Views and Brews, Portland Brewery Bike Tour

Views and Brews, Portland Brewery Bike Tour

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Take the MAX to the Portland Zoo and we'll meet you in Washington Park with the perfect bicycle for cruising the streets of Portland and tasting some of the best beer it has to offer! This adventure starts with an easy and exciting downhill glide from the Zoo to Portland's fabled International Rose Garden, hearing stories of its origin along the way. From there, you'll cruise down to the heart of the Pearl for some brews at Breakside Brewery and a tasty bite. Next it's across the Steel Bridge for another of Portland's finest beer at Mt.Hood Brewing Co. Continuing, we'll pedal across the elegant and beautiful Tilikum Crossing to the western waterfront. Traveling along the water you’ll be visiting Tom McCall Waterfront Park, a favorite place for runners and bikers alike. Finally you’ll be taken to a surprise last Portland gem, for a view and a fond farewell.
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Portland, Oregon City Tour!

Portland, Oregon City Tour!

Come explore the unique history and diverse culture of the entertainingly eccentric city of Portland! Enjoy a fascinating and informative narration by your local guide, highlighting the colorful past and present of Portland’s many historic churches, diverse modern architectural wonders, abundant city parks, bountiful boutiques and world famous culinary hot spots.
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Pink Trolley City Tour of Portland - 10am

Pink Trolley City Tour of Portland - 10am

The trolley tour is a two-hour, fully narrated City Tour featuring our famed open air Pink Trolleys. This tour includes a 30 minute stop at Portland’s world famous Rose Test Gardens. The tour also includes the waterfront neighborhoods, city center landmarks, a scenic drive through Washington Park and Hoyt Arboretum, and Portland’s Northwest neighborhoods, including the Pearl District
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Pink Trolley City Tour of Portland - 2pm

Pink Trolley City Tour of Portland - 2pm

The trolley tour is a two-hour, fully narrated City Tour featuring our famed open air Pink Trolleys. This tour includes a 30 minute stop at Portland’s world famous Rose Test Gardens. The tour also includes the waterfront neighborhoods, city center landmarks, a scenic drive through Washington Park and Hoyt Arboretum, and Portland’s Northwest neighborhoods, including the Pearl District.
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