Parks & Gardens

Portland’s green spaces range from flower-filled parks to polished gardens, urban forests to waterfront venues.

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.

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Washington Park

Portland’s signature park offers gardens, museums, memorials, a zoo, wilderness and more.

Go for the Green

Discover more of Portland’s dozens of beloved parks and gardens.

Parks with Playgrounds

Portland has over 100 playgrounds — check out our favorite places for little ones to play.

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Urban Nature Walks

Explore these verdant outdoor destinations sprinkled throughout Portland.

  • Mt. Tabor Park

    This popular park features expansive views, picnic areas, natural-surface and paved paths, a dog off-leash area, a playground and a performance stage, plus tennis, volleyball and basketball courts.

  • Laurelhurst Park

    Surrounding a scenic lake, Laurelhurst Park was the first city park named to the National Register of Historic Places. It offers picnic and play areas, a dog off-leash area and a horseshoe pit, plus basketball, tennis and volleyball courts.

  • Forest Park

    Portland's 5,200-acre urban forest, just minutes from the central city, stretches seven miles in length and contains more than 80 miles of trails.

  • Washington Park

    Washington Park is one of the oldest, most popular parks in Portland. It features 15 miles of trails and more than 400 acres of trees, gardens, playgrounds and attractions.

  • The Grotto

    This clifftop site features 62 acres of lush gardens and dozens of intricately carved shrines. Built as a Catholic sanctuary in 1924, the Grotto welcomes over 300,000 visitors of all faiths each year and hosts an iconic Christmas celebration.

Audubon Society of Portland Nature Sanctuary

This 150-acre refuge offers tranquility, trails and — naturally! — bird-watching only minutes from downtown.

Explore the Outdoors

Portland is the perfect launchpad for outdoor activities and adventure.

Favorite Hiking Spots in Portland

Put on some comfortable shoes and start walking — you’ll be surprised how easy Portland makes it.

Sauvie Island

Families can find an entire day’s worth of adventures on this island just northwest of Portland.

Make a Splash in the Willamette River

The river, which bisects the city into east and west sides, is a virtual aquatic playground, with kayakers, fishers and swimmers enjoying the water.