Surrounded by nature in Portland

Portland has been referred to as one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the world. The climate in Portland is perfect for growing roses. This is why Portland has been known as the “City of Roses” for over a century. Portland is also known for their many outdoor activities, and beer and coffee enthusiasm. Here are five fun things you can do and places to visit in Portland, Oregon.

Portland Oregon at Night by Flickr CC amara photography

Tree to Tree Adventure Park

The Tree to Tree Adventure Park is a 26-acre park displaying an obstacle course that features unique tree climbing with zip lines, trapezes, rope and tire swings, ladders and tightropes. There is also a kids’ course just a few feet off the ground.

Sauvie Island

Sauvie Island is 24,000 acres of land that includes beautiful sites and fun activities for the whole family. The Wapato Access Greenway State Park Trail is a great two mile nature walk on Sauvie Island that tours a seasonal lake where you can spot many different birds, including bald eagles. The Warrior Rock Lighthouse Trail leads to a sandy beach with views of a lighthouse. Sauvie Island also consists of a seasonal Pumpkin Patch, large corn mazes, a barnyard petting zoo and fields of U-pick berries. Kruger’s Farm is also part of Sauvie Island and hosts a weekly summer concert series, a fall harvest party, free hayrides into the pumpkin fields and the Captured by Porches beer bus serves up fresh brews to adults on the weekends.

Dream Ridge Stables

About 40 minutes from downtown Portland, in Clackamas County, you’ll find Dream Ridge Stables. Anyone with a desire to ride a horse, experienced or not, will love this stable. You will have a lesson and training before heading out into the field and trails. Surrounded by old growth forest and beautiful scenery you are sure to find tranquility here.

Portland by Flickr CC Joe

Oregon Coast Aquarium

The Oregon Coast Aquarium includes stingrays, sharks, barking sea lions, otters and seabirds. A great opportunity to see and interact with some interesting animals you don’t see everyday.

Columbia River Gorge

There are 90 astonishing waterfalls inside of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. These waterfalls are absolutely beautiful and most can be accessed by short hikes or roadside pullouts on the Historic Columbia River Highway.

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