Welcome to Washington Park, the 410-acre Portland public urban park, first established in 1909. This massive public park has several resident attractions within its boundaries, such as the highly popular Oregon Zoo, Forestry Museum, Rose Garden, Children’s Museum, Arboretum, Japanese Garden, and Amphitheater. You and your group can explore various memorials, tennis courts, soccer fields, playgrounds, archery ranges, and pieces of public art scattered throughout, just be sure you wear comfortable walking shoes and save plenty of time to see it all while here!
You will also have more natural options of things to do while here, such as explore the many acres of wild forest complete with several different nature trails, around 160 acres of the park on mostly steep, wooded hillsides (200-870 feet high). Be sure to stop by Chiming Fountain, the Renaissance Fountain built in 1891, an impressive piece of work carved out of wood. You will have the chance to see the Lewis and Clark Memorial Column, Sacajawea and Jean Baptist Memorial, and many more noteworthy monuments and plaques.
Washington Park is one of the oldest in Portland, the original purchase of 40 acres happening in 1871, bought from a local noteworthy landowner, Amos King. With all this history, outdoor recreation, and the myriad of attractions found here, there’s no question your group won’t be entertained, especially if you happen to run into any daily events or festivals. Be sure to take advantage of the free park shuttle while here, too, if you’ve parked far away or just need a ride to your next stop!
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