Portland is the perfect launchpad for outdoor activities and adventure.

Parks and Gardens

Known as "The City of Roses," Portland is home to over 275 public parks and gardens.

Where to Walk

In addition to Portland’s many pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods, your feet can take you to some fantastic places around town.

Camping in and Near Portland

Immerse yourself in nature with a camping trip near the city.

Yurt Camping Near Portland

Yurt camping near Portland offers a midway point between primitive camping and glamping with electricity, heating, windows and wooden floors.

Camping Near Portland

To truly appreciate the wilds of the Pacific Northwest, spend a memorable night under the stars at these scenic campsites located within an easy drive from the city.

RV Parks in and Near Portland

Whether you’re craving a woodland adventure, an urban exploration or just a great roadside view as you travel cross-country in your RV, Portland has it all – along with comfortable and convenient locations to park or set up camp.

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Urban Walking Spots

Explore these verdant strolling destinations throughout the city.

  • 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.

  • Washington Park

    Portland’s signature park at over 400 acres features 15 miles of trails and attractions including the Oregon Zoo, Portland Children's Museum, International Rose Test Garden, World Forestry Center, Portland Japanese Garden and Hoyt Arboretum.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Outdoors Opportunities for People of Color in Portland

These five fantastic local organizations are helping people of every culture, race and ethnicity experience the Pacific Northwest's natural beauty.

Hiking in Portland

Get out and explore the many trails and nature areas within and near the city.

Explore Local Wildlife

Discover these wildlife natural areas and activities in Portland.

Wildlife Preserves

Experience nature not far from the city's hustle and bustle at these wildlife preserves.

Bird-Watching in Portland

Catch sight of 200+ types of birds at the Portland area's dozens of prime bird watching destinations, including sanctuaries, refuges and urban parks.

Audubon Society of Portland Nature Sanctuary

The Audubon Society of Portland Nature Sanctuary is a great starting place for hiking Forest Park and (of course) bird-watching.

Seasonal Outdoor Fun

All four seasons in Portland offer their own unique set of fun events and experiences.


Columbia County

Bird-watch on Scappoose Bay, cruise around on a path or exploring the historic community of St. Helens – Columbia County offers countless family-friendly activities.

Water Sports and Adventure

From waterfalls to the Willamette River, Portland offers endless opportunities for aquatic adventure.

Upcoming Outdoor Events

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First Caturday

First Caturday

Laurelhurst Park Free

First Caturday is a day to reclaim the glory of the outdoors for our feline friends. It is a day for delightful outdoor cat-napping and socializing, and where cat owners can freely exchange information, friendship and joy to help make their cats happy and healthy. Some cats actually like leash walks; others like stroller walks…

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Whale Watching Week

Whale Watching Week

Sites Along the Oregon Coast Free

Up to 20,000 gray whales migrate along Oregon’s coast every winter and spring. Spot them from these four locations.

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Festival of Balloons
June 26–28, 2020

Festival of Balloons

Cook Park Free

At the 35th Festival of Balloons in Tigard, the hot air balloons are definitely the featured attraction, but it’s more than balloons! The Festival of Balloons is a place for families and friends to gather, play and relax. Join up in the pre-dawn hours as approximately 20 hot air balloons launch into the morning sky…

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Chapman Swift Watch
Sept. 1–30, 2020

Chapman Swift Watch

Chapman Elementary School Free

Every September, spectators gather to see the world’s largest roost of Vaux’s swifts swarm and spiral into the chimney of a Northwest Portland school.

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