5 Portland Outdoor Activities That Will Have the Sun on Your Face

Spring is a great time of year to get out and enjoy our beautiful state. Here are my suggestions for things you should do this spring. From a tulip festival to going clamming, here are 5 fun outdoor activities for the whole family.

Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest

The Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest is probably one of the most beautiful things to see in the Portland area this spring. The festival takes place on 40 acres of land—enjoy the view of Mt. Hood in the background and relish that fresh spring air. The tulips are arranged in a new (but always stunning) pattern every year. There’s just nothing else like it.

You’re welcome to bring the whole family (don’t forget the dog!), and you can bring along a picnic to eat at the Wooden Shoe Garden. You can also purchase food and coffee onsite. For the adults, wine tasting is available at Wooden Shoe Vineyards. And for the kids, don’t miss taking a ride through the tulips on the bouncy cow trains.

Go here for admission prices, dates, and times.


Oaks Park

Oaks Park, a family-friendly amusement park right here in Portland, is open from March to September. This retro park has rides (including a roller coaster and a scrambler), mini golf, carnival games, and a roller skating rink. This is an especially good amusement park to go with children because it’s fairly small, so you can still have a relaxing day.

The park also has beautiful grounds and a pavilion for picnics and other summer get-togethers. If you’re having a graduation or birthday party this spring, this is an ideal location for your event. Find out more about using Oaks Park facilities for your event here.

Check out the park’s prices here and hours here.


The World Forestry Center

The World Forestry Center is a nonprofit organization that helps people understand how forests are important to our everyday lives. It offers exploratory exhibits that help patrons understand forests around the world. It also gives an insider look at what needs to happen to make these forests sustainable.

The center includes a museum in Portland’s beautiful Washington Park. The Magness Memorial Tree Farm is also part of the center. It’s hidden away in the Chehalam Mountains of the Willamette Valley. This gorgeous area, full of streams, meadows, forests, and hiking trails, is open from dawn until dusk, all year round. This is the perfect place to go if you’re itching to spend a day in the woods, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.


Silver Falls State Park

Some say that Silver Falls State Park is like a miniature Columbia River Gorge. The over 9,000 acres of park includes many waterfalls to enjoy. The spring rain leads to gorgeous cascading falls in all different shapes and sizes. The park has over seven miles of canyon trail with three different access points. Consider the famous Trail of Ten Falls loop hike for your first trip.

If you don’t want to hike, there’s also a Silver Falls tour route you can take by car that promises to be just as gorgeous. This is perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon drive.

There are campsites open year round at the state park, also. Facilities include cabin rentals, as well as trailer and tent areas. Group accommodations are also available at the conference center.


Clamming on Nehalem Bay

Kayak Tillamook supplies you with the boats, paddles, and personal flotation devices needed to go clamming. As the oldest and most extensive guide service on the Oregon Coast, they also have the necessary expertise to make sure that you go to the best spots to find your clams.

If you want to dig up your own clam dinner, get ready to get dirty. Clams live in the soft, sandy, gravelly mud, and you’re really going to have to dig down in it to reach them. There are a number of varieties of clams in this area, so you can decide what you’d like to try to get.


Thank you for the lovely complete information that will be helpful to so many! Hope you are doing well!!

Thanks for your comment, Tom!

Good info. Easy to understand and pass on to Buyers. Thank you.