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Guide to Portland for Families

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Portland is a fantastic city for a family vacation. Lots of fun things for both the adults and the kiddos means everyone has a good time!

Good for
  • Family
  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

12 Places

3 City Tips

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12 Places

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

Speciality Museums

Oregon Zoo

Zoos

Portland Children's Museum

Children's Museums

Voodoo Doughnut

Restaurants

Slappy Cakes

Restaurants

Hopworks Urban Brewery

Restaurants

McMenamins Kennedy School

Restaurants

Powell's City of Books

Gift & Speciality Shops

Portland Farmers Market

Farmers Markets

Washington Park

Gardens, Parks, Zoos

Jamison Square

Playgrounds, Parks, Waterfalls

Cool Moon Ice Cream

Restaurants

Whitney C's City Tips

  • Tip 15-20% in restaurants if gratuity has not already been added to the bill.
  • Compared to most cities, it's fairly easy to find parking in Portland. However, it's also a really walkable city, and great for biking too!
  • Some parking meters accept credit cards, while others do not. Bring some quarters just in case.
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    Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
    Speciality Museums
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    Whitney C Says:

    OMSI is absolutely one of Portland's highlights, no matter what your age. Tons of interactive exhibits make for a super fun day and lots of learning — which your kids will largely be unaware of, simply because they're having too much fun!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Although a full day here would be best, even an hour or two will definitely be enjoyable.
    • There are a couple of small cafeterias where you can get food, snacks, or coffee if you start to get hungry.
    • Make sure to leave time for the gift shop — it sells the coolest gifts, books, and gadgets.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 453 things to do in Portland
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Pompeii exhibit well worth it. 23/09/2017
    • Good place to see! 22/09/2017
    • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
    Address:
    1945 SE Water Ave
    Portland, OR 97214-3356
    Phone:
    +1 503-797-4000
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:30 - 19:00
    Other:
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    Oregon Zoo
    Zoos
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    Whitney C Says:

    The Oregon Zoo is one of my personal favorite Portland offerings. It's a beautiful place with gorgeous exhibits and tons of interesting animals! The kids will love seeing all their favorites up close and personal.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The elephant exhibit is amazing and an absolute must-see.
    • The cafeteria here is delicious, way better than your regular zoo food. It's a great place to stop for lunch.
    • If you can plan your visit accordingly, tickets are cheaper on the second Tuesday of each month.
    • If you're visiting during the holidays, do not miss the "Zoo Lights," when the entire zoo is decked out in Christmas lights.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 453 things to do in Portland
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth a visit 23/09/2017
    • Great little zoo 22/09/2017
    • Oregon Zoo
    Address:
    4001 SW Canyon Rd
    Portland, OR 97221-2799
    Phone:
    +1 503-226-1561
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:30 - 16:00
    Other:
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    Portland Children's Museum
    Children's Museums
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    Whitney C Says:

    Specifically geared toward younger children (two to five or so), the Portland Children's Museum offers loads of fun exhibits to keep the kiddos occupied! Dress-up, arts and crafts, story time, musical instruments... you name it they have it! You will have a blast along with the kiddies!

    Good for
    • Family
    • History Buff
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The cafe here has good food, but gets absolutely packed around lunch time. Plan ahead and try to avoid "rush hour."
    • If you live in the area, the membership options are fantastic. Check out the website for details.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #38 of 453 things to do in Portland
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Pottery, Learning, and Games 17/09/2017
    • Excellent for kids 0-14! 01/09/2017
    • Portland Children's Museum
    Address:
    4015 SW Canyon Rd
    Portland, OR 97221-2759
    Phone:
    +1 503-223-6500
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Voodoo Doughnut
    Restaurants (American)
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    Whitney C Says:

    Anyone who has ever been to Portland talks about Voodoo Doughnuts. And for good reason. This place is amazing, and the doughnuts are out of this world! This quintessential Portland experience is sure to be a hit with the kids.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Whatever else you choose to order, make sure you try the maple bacon!
    • There will be a line. There always is. Just expect it and know it will be worth it!
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #49 of 3,067 restaurants in Portland
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Hype outweighs 23/09/2017
    • First time to Portland 23/09/2017
    • Voodoo Doughnut
    Address:
    22 SW 3rd Ave
    Portland, OR 97204-2713
    Phone:
    +1 503-241-4704
    Price range:
    US$1 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
    Other:
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    Slappy Cakes
    Restaurants (American)
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    Whitney C Says:

    Slappy Cakes is one of the coolest breakfast spots in Portland. Your kids will have a blast making their own pancakes right there at the table, and you can enjoy the other delicious offerings, such as eggs benedict. As a bonus, there are also some great gluten-free options, so no one has to miss out on the pancakes!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Make sure you call ahead! The wait here can be extremely long, even on weekdays.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #111 of 3,067 restaurants in Portland
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good 15/09/2017
    • Kid Friendly Breakfast 04/09/2017
    • Slappy Cakes
    Address:
    4246 SE Belmont St
    Ste 3
    Portland, OR 97215-1676
    Phone:
    +1 503-477-4805
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    08:00 - 14:00
    Sat - Sun
    08:00 - 15:00
    Other:
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    Hopworks Urban Brewery
    Restaurants (American, Bar, Pub)
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    Whitney C Says:

    If you're in Portland, you obviously have to stop by a brewery at some point (even with 'under 21s' in tow). Hopworks is great and very kid-friendly, so it's the perfect option for families. The kids will enjoy the fun bicycle decor and good food, leaving you to focus on the more important things.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Hopworks is slightly out-of-the-way compared to most of the other places on this list, so only go if you have a car.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #147 of 3,067 restaurants in Portland
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent Organic Sustainable Brew & Food 06/09/2017
    • Great spot for a beer and a burger! 06/09/2017
    • Hopworks Urban Brewery
    Address:
    2944 SE Powell Blvd
    Portland, OR 97202-2054
    Phone:
    +1 503-232-4677
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    11:00 - 23:00
    Fri - Sat
    11:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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    McMenamins Kennedy School
    Restaurants (American, Bar, Pub)
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    Whitney C Says:

    Another Portland gem, McMenamins is a chain restaurant like you've never seen before. This establishment has locations everywhere, which is all the more impressive because each has been created from a historic building of some kind. The Kennedy School location remakes (you guessed it) a 1915 elementary school, replacing unrecognizable grub and surly cafeteria staff with hearty pub fare (and some lovely brews for you!).

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Order a big plate of the tater tots to share (or to eat all by yourself). There's a reason everyone talks about them!
    • Many of the McMenanmins outposts also host a wide range of events (think movies and live music), as well as unique hotels. Check out the website to learn more.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #97 of 3,067 restaurants in Portland
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Unique Space 23/09/2017
    • Worst service ever 17/09/2017
    • McMenamins Kennedy School
    Address:
    5736 NE 33rd Ave
    Portland, OR 97211-7302
    Phone:
    +1 503-249-3983
    Price range:
    US$0 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:00 - 01:00
    Other:
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    Powell's City of Books
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Whitney C Says:

    Powell's is probably the most unique book store you'll ever visit. It's a full city block, one of the largest bookstores in the world! There is a fantastic selection of new, used, and rare books, and basically everything else you can imagine (including a great coffee shop — this is Portland, after all).

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Seriously, this place is amazing. Plan on spending a good couple of hours and then having to force yourself to leave.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 136 Shopping in Portland
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • First time Portland 23/09/2017
    • Huge store 23/09/2017
    • Powell's City of Books
    Address:
    1005 W Burnside St
    1005 W Burnside, Portland, Oregon
    Portland, OR
    Phone:
    +1 503-228-4651
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Portland Farmers Market
    Farmers Markets
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    Whitney C Says:

    If you're at all a fan of farmers markets, be sure to visit this one! With farm-fresh produce, gorgeous flowers, delicious food, and lots of beautiful handmade items from local craftsmen, you are sure to find something to keep everyone in the family happy.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Come hungry! Tons of great fresh produce and some awesome food vendors mean you will leave absolutely stuffed to the brim.
    • This particular market is the Buckman market, however you will find several locations over Portland.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 453 things to do in Portland
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Free Samples 24/08/2017
    • Great farmers market 19/08/2017
    • Portland Farmers Market
    Address:
    240 N Broadway
    Suite 129
    Portland, OR 97227-1879
    Phone:
    +1 503-241-0032
    Hours:
    Sun - Mon
    10:00 - 14:00
    Wed
    10:00 - 14:00
    Thu
    14:00 - 18:00
    Sat
    08:30 - 14:00
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    Washington Park
    Gardens, Parks, Zoos
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    Whitney C Says:

    Portland is beautiful to begin with, and Washington Park is no exception. If you're looking for a quiet place to spend a few hours walking, relaxing, or enjoying a picnic, this is the place to be!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There is a great playground here that your kids will absolutely love!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 453 things to do in Portland
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Terrific Experience 23/09/2017
    • Awesome Hike 21/09/2017
    • Washington Park
    Address:
    1715 South West Skyline Boulevard
    Portland, OR 97221-2658
    Phone:
    +1 503-823-2538
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    05:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Jamison Square
    Playgrounds, Parks, Waterfalls
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    Whitney C Says:

    There are several public fountains around Portland, but this one is the best. Bring the kids and make sure they're dressed in appropriate clothes — they won't stay dry for long!

    Good for
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • For a sweet treat after playing in the fountain, make sure to stop at Cool Moon Ice Cream — it's right next to the square, and is delicious!
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #162 of 453 things to do in Portland
    • Man made tidal pool in the city 23/09/2017
    • Great place for families to cool off 17/08/2017
    • Jamison Square
    Address:
    810 NW 11th Ave
    Portland, OR 97209-2157
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    Cool Moon Ice Cream
    Restaurants
    Whitney C Says:

    If you're stopped at Jamison Square to play in the fountain, Cool Moon is definitely a must. This delicious ice cream is perfect for a hot summer afternoon.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Bring cash and you'll get a 5% discount.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #198 of 3,067 restaurants in Portland
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Delicious Ice Cream 06/09/2017
    • Delicious Ice Cream options 26/07/2017
    • Cool Moon Ice Cream
    Address:
    1105 NW Johnson St
    Portland, OR 97209-3062
    Phone:
    +1 503-224-2021
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:30 - 23:00
    Other:
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