In a city as green as Portland, it’s only fitting that some of the top things to do are outdoor spots that appeal to home gardeners and hikers alike.
There are more than 200 parks and gardens within city limits, from forests to marshlands, trails to skateboarding rails. Home to the sprawling urban wilderness of Forest Park, along with the world’s smallest dedicated park, Mills End Park, Portland offers visitors a breath of fresh air wherever they are.
Round-Up of Parks and Gardens
Home to both a sprawling urban wilderness and the world’s smallest park, Portland offers visitors a breath of fresh air.
Peninsula Park & Rose Garden
Discover outdoor fun for the whole family — plus thousands of blooms — at Oregon’s oldest public rose garden.
Portland Japanese Garden
An authentic example of Japanese landscaping, the Portland Japanese Garden is a haven of tranquil beauty with an unsurpassed view of Mount Hood.
Lan Su Chinese Garden
An authentic Ming Dynasty style garden built by Suzhou artisans, Lan Su Chinese Garden offers a peaceful escape in Portland's historic Chinatown district.
With 70 miles of trails within Portland city limits, 5,156-acre Forest Park is a popular escape for runners, equestrians and hikers alike.
This serene woodland sanctuary in Northeast Portland features 62 acres of botanical gardens.
Portland International Rose Test Garden
With great views of the roses and the skyline, the Portland Rose Garden in Washington Park is a must-see.
Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden
Round out your floral explorations of the Rose City with a visit to Southeast Portland’s lush Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden.
Mount Tabor Park
Open reservoirs, hiking trails and an extinct volcano await at this Southeast Portland park.
Put on some comfortable shoes and start walking — you’ll be surprised how easy Portland makes it.
Families can find an entire day’s worth of adventures on this island just northwest of Portland.
The river, which bisects the city into east and west sides, is a virtual aquatic playground, with kayakers, fishers and swimmers enjoying the water.