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Things to Do

Mt. Tabor

Towering over Hawthorne Boulevard is Mt Tabor, the world's only (extinct) volcano that resides within city limits! Mt Tabor is a great park and offers beautiful views of the city and Mt Hood. If you're looking for some exercise, take a hike from any of our vacation rentals up to top.  Or, ride a bike or drive to the parking lot then walk up to the summit. There you'll join other locals enjoying the breathtaking views.   Just travel East up Hawthorne or Stark can't miss it!

Laurelhurst Park
Laurelhurst Park is an easy walk from all of our vacation rentals, and it won't disappoint. The park offers shade and a quiet respite from the city. The large pond... the trees... a slice of Portland Heaven!  Bring a book and relax in the grass, or enjoy some dog and people watching.  The park is a perfect place for a picnic, early evening stroll, or a leisurely jog.

Kid-Friendly Activities

Portland has many great activities and interests for kids.  Here are just a few of its sampling

  •  Avalon Theater.  Your kids will love this retro style nickel arcade/ and second-run movie theater.  Located on the Belmont corridor, you can have fun with the nickel games and then catch a movie.  3451 SE Belmont, (503) 238-1617,
  • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) This is a must! Lots of hands-on-fun. 800-955-6674, 1945 SE Water St., Portland, OR
  •  OMNIMAX Theater and Kendall Planetarium i-movies in 3D, laser light show and astronomy presentations. See the USS Blueback submarine as seen in the film, The Hunt for Red October
  •  Oregon Maritime Center and Museum
  •  Museum of Comtemporty Craft FREE 724 NW Davis
  •  Portland's Classical Chinese Garden NW Everett and NW 3rd
  •  Portland's Saturday Market FREE SW 1st , West end of the Burnside Bridge and Natio Parkway
  • Oaks Park Amusement Center 503-233-5777 7805 SE Oaks Park Way - east end of the Sellwood Bridge
  • Japanese Garden 503-223-1321, 611 SW Kingston Ave in Washington Park
  • International Rose Garden 503-823-3636, 400 SW Kingston Ave in Washington Park
  • Oregon Zooand Zoo Concerts 503-226-1561 4001 SW Canyon Rd, Washington Park
  • Washington Park and Zoo Railway
  • World Forestry Center Discovery Museum 503-228-1367 4033 SW Canyon Rd
  • Pittock Mansion 503-823-3623, 3229 NW Pittock Dr.
  • Portland Children's Museum 503-23-6500
  • Salmon Street Springs Fountain Tom McCall Watefront Park - Natio Parkway and Salmon Street
  • Hoyt Arboretum
  • Vietnam Veterans Living Memorial
  • The Berry Botanic Gardens 503-636-4112 1505 SW Summerville Ave
  • Crystal Springs Rhododendrn Gardens 503-771-8386 SE 28th and SE Woodstock Blvd.
  • Elk Rock Garden of the Bishop's Close 800-452-2562 503-636-5613 11800 SW Military Lane
Walk, Run, Stroll, or Cruise the Willamette River Paddling around the Willamette River, Columbia River or just around the downtown area and Sellwood's Ross's Wonderful any time of the year.
  • Check out the City of Rose's other claim to fame--the famous Portland Bridges--and the Willamette River.  Check with REI @ 1405 NW Johnson- 503-221-1938 or or Portland River Co. 503-229-0551 or to rent or purchase equipment. The are also many independentshops that offer tours and lessons too: Alder Creek is one. Check our yellow pages for more information....
  • Don't forget we have Dragon Boat here too;Check them out along with river banks too. There is also a Jet Boat ride that tours the river too.... I hear it is fast, furious and WET.
Hiking, Hiking and More Hiking!
We have more than 70 miles of trails within our city!     There are many great trails in our Washington Park area, many that lead you to Hoyt Arboretum. Tryon Creek State Park, Leif Erickson, Dogwood Trail, Forrest Park, Wildwood Trail, Upper NW Thurman and don't forget Mt. Tabor  right in our back yard. Four...Golf!
We have plenty of public and private courses around Portland and all worth going to! A fee ranges from $23-40  for 18 holes.
  • Redtail Golf Course: 503-646-5166
  • Eastmoreland... the 2nd oldest in the state... 503-775-2900
  • Heron Lakes... 503-259-4744 where the pros play... head out to Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club503-647-4747 or Fees range from $30-150 .
  • The Reserve Vineyards and Golf... 503-649-8191 Fees range from $45-85
Skiing and Mt. Hood--Year Round Beauty!
Skiing is only an hour's drive away. 
  • Mt Hood Meadows,SkiBowl and Timberline offer plenty of fun!
  • Government Camp and Mt Hood Ski Bowl even have summer activities 800-754-2695
  • Mount Hood Meadows 503-227-7669
  • Timberline Ski area 503-622-0717. Snow reports (you can ski here almost all year long) 503-222-2211
  • Historic Timberline Lodge is also worth seeing !
White Water Rafting
  • The Cascade Range produces some of the best white-water rafting in the country and the White Salmon, Sandy, Clackamas, rivers offer plenty of rafting opportunties within an hour or two from downtownPortland. The Sandy and Clackamas are the two closest rivers.
  •  Blue Sky Whitewater Rafting 800-898-6398 Offer half-day and full day trips on the Clackamas, North Santiam, Wind and Hood rivers.
  • River Drifters 800-972-0430 or 800-226-1001 Offer half-day and full day trips on the most popular Deschutes River, the Clackamas,Sandy, White Salmon in Washington,North Santiam, Klickitatand Wind rivers.
  • Zoller's Outdoor Odysseys, Inc 800-366-2004 509-493-2641 offer half-day trips on the White Salmon and full day trips on the Klickitat River.
Portland Sports
Hawthorne District is Famous for its Biking Community!
Biking is big in Portland and is growing bigger everyday! Cruise Leif Erickson, Portland's waterfront Tom McCall Waterfront Park, cross the bridge to the Vera Katz East bank Esplanade