Adventuring with Kids: Portland!

Portland is quickly becoming one of our favorite places to travel with our kiddos. We love it because:

  1. It’s driving distance from Seattle.
  2. The food is amazing.
  3. There are many places to explore within a short drive – beaches, waterfalls, wine country, hiking… and my favorite book store.
  4. Some of our best friends live there!

I will say that the drive down there was brutal because Isabelle doesn’t exactly love being confined to a carseat for five (thank you, traffic) hours. We did make a lengthy stop at the Mount St Helen’s Visitor Center to enjoy some short walks nearby but other than that it was a lot of driving and a lot of listening to a baby screaming and as Isabelle screamed Clara yelled “ISABELLE, STOP SCREAMING” so it’s a wonder Tim and I have any sanity left at all.

Maybe we don’t. But that’s neither here nor there.

Things to do in Portland (with or without little ones!)

Here are some recommendations of things to do in Portland (with or without little ones):

  • Order (A LOT OF) donuts and chai from Pip’s.
  • Enjoy brunch at Screen Door but get there early so you don’t need to wait for hours with an impatient toddler.
  • Go berry picking on Sauvie Island.
  • Visit the playground at Washington Park. (And also stop at the nearby rose garden if they’re in season!)
  • Walk the trails at Hoyt Arboretum, especially if you have little ones who love meandering.
  • See Multnomah Falls for a great photo opportunity, if you don’t mind a short drive.
  • Take more pictures at Cannon Beach, if you don’t mind a drive in the opposite direction.
  • Eat Indian food at Bollywood Theater. This is our favorite Indian food ever.
  • Save room for Salt & Straw ice cream which is right next to Bollywood Theater.

Basically, be prepared to eat a lot and enjoy plenty of fresh air and enjoy amazing scenery. Is that Portland’s tourism motto? It should be.

The next time we go I really want to visit the Willamette Valley to drink some wine. Also, I want to spend all of my money at the gorgeous boutiques that I keep finding.

Portland is definitely a city we’ll be happy to go back to over and over again!

What’s your favorite city to visit for a weekend?

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20 Responses to Adventuring with Kids: Portland!

  1. I would looooove to visit Portland! (Seattle, too!) Both cities are on our/my list of travel locations!!

  2. I love Cannon Beach! I spent a week there with my family in 2001 and really enjoyed it. I imagine your girls are still too little, but when we went, we rented these things called fun cycles (this looks like the info now…obviously Facebook didn’t exist when I went 16 years ago haha: that were a lot of fun to ride around the beach. I highly recommend it once they’re old enough to navigate them on their own! My brother was only five when we went and I believe he had his own bike, so they don’t have to be TOO big to have their own.

  3. Tori M says:

    I live in Portland…I know Seattle has them too, but we have some beautiful hikes along the gorge, not as touristy as Mult Falls! Plus you know…great shopping since there’s no sales tax 😉

  4. Laurie Olsen says:

    Oh I would love to get to the west coast sometime!!

  5. awww this made me miss portland so bad (we lived there for 7 years)! i have done everything on your list and second all of them (and yes you need to go to willamette valley to drink wine). i have the hook-up for free tastings at ‘yamhill valley vineyards’ if you are ever interested, i can connect you with their tasting room manager. she is amazing!

  6. Salt & Straw is my favorite!

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