About Whitney C
Lives in Costa Mesa, California
Since Jul 2013
25-34 year old female
i caught the travel bug the year after i graduated from high school, and never looked back. my husband and i love visiting new places, meeting new people, and experiencing other cultures. getting new stamps in our passports is one of our favorite things, and we hope to set foot on each of the seven continents someday!
Gift & Speciality Shops
Gardens, Parks, Zoos
Waterfalls, Playgrounds, Parks
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!).
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).
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.
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!
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!
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.