The closest to downtown and adjacent to Forest Park, the Washington Park covers 160 acres of forest, formal gardens, International Rose Test Garden, Japanese Garden, Oregon Zoo, and the Portland Children's Museum. Acquired in 1871, one of the oldest parks includes over 15 miles of trails, shady walkways, accessible play area, fountains, historical sites, picnic shelters and sites, a soccer field and tennis court, statues and fountains, vista points, and wedding sites.
Getting around Washington Park
A free shuttle service. Explore Washington Park with a free shuttle service that runs from the deepest station in North America (260 ft), Washington Park MAX Station, making a continuous loop through the Japanese and Rose gardens and Hoyt Arboretum. The shuttle is operated:
- Daily from June to September (9 am - 7 pm)
- Weekends only from April to October and May (9 am - 7 pm; closed at 5 pm in October)
- No shuttle service from November to March
Washington Park & Zoo Railway. Recreational two-mile narrow-gauge Washington Park & Zoo Railway (WP&Z) offers a trip through the park's dense forests. Open from Memorial Day to Labor Day daily; it provides connections between Oregon Zoo, Hoyt Arboretum, International Rose Test Garden, and the World Forestry Center. The train, also, runs during holiday lights season. Admission is required. Do not forget to purchase admission to the zoo if you board at International Rose Garden.
Hiking. Washington Park offers over 15 miles of trails such as Wildwood, Spruce, Fir, Oak, and Hemlock Trails.
Biking. Biking is not allowed on the Washington Park trails.
Park hours: 5 am-10 pm.
Parking Fees: hourly rate or all day.
Public Transportation: Max Washington Park, TriMet bus 63 on weekdays only.
Directions: From US 26, take exit 72 for Zoo.
International Rose Test Garden
If you’re lucky enough to stop in Portland, then make sure you don’t miss out on the wonderful outdoor attraction - International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park. About ten thousand rose bushes can be found in International Rose Test Garden, as well as thousands more across the city.
Portland Japanese Garden
Established in 1980, the traditional and the authentic Japanese Garden is set up in the luscious Washington Park. Located on 5.5 acres, the garden provides a number of memorable attractions for visitors including pools of koi, bonsai-trimmed shrubs and trees, pavilions, stone lanterns, and five gardens.
Look out for the sumptuous trickling waterfalls and relax under the pink and red maple trees. Magically beautiful at any time of year, the garden considered among the best Japanese gardens in the world, attracting thousands of visitors every year.
Adjacent to Washington Park, 189-acre Hoyt Arboretum has a collection of more than 8,000 trees and plants representing over 1,000 species from around the world. Coast Redwoods that are over 150’ tall were the first trees planted in the arboretum in 1931.
4000 SW Fairview Blvd, Portland, OR 97221
If you’re looking for an indoor attraction then Pittock Mansion is the place for you. Located in the West Hills of Portland, close to the Japanese Garden, the mansion is a landmark which associates with the city’s transformation. This architectural phenomenon is a fully furnished location complete with various European antiques and art pieces.
Located in the West Hills of Portland in Washington Park, Oregon Zoo is another perfect place to watch the world, spending some magical moments with wild animals. Oregon Zoo sits on a massive 64-acre piece of land in Portland and receives an average of 1.5 million visitors annually.
The zoo became famous across the world in 1962 when heavily pregnant Belle delivered Packy, the first Asian zoo star elephant born in the West.
Portland Children's Museum
Featuring events and activities for kids under 10 years old, Portland Children's Museum is located in Washington Park. Children receive learning experience and develop new skills through fun activities, play, and museum's exhibitions.
Hours: Daily from 9 am to 5 pm
Admission: Non-members ages 1–54 - $10.75; Seniors 55+ & Military - $9.75; Children under 1 - free.
4015 Southwest Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221
World Forestry Center Discovery Museum
The museum with interactive displays gives information about the importance of forests and trees. The 20,000 square foot museum in Washington Park has been established in 1964 by the Western Forestry Center.
Hours: Daily 10 am - 5 pm
Admission: Adult - $7.00; Seniors 62+ - $6; Children (3-18) - $5, under 3 - free.
4033 SW Canyon Rd., Portland, OR 97221
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