Portland Urban Adventure – Washington Park

I’m always looking for fun things to do with my kids, but we don’t always have to leave town to find nature and adventure. We find ourselves in the Gorge a lot, but it’s nice to not have to get in the car at all. Several friends joined Dayl and I for an urban adventure through Portland this weekend. Our initial plan was to do the 4T trail, but sadly the tram wasn’t running on Sunday. We will try again in a few weeks, apparently it begins Sunday service in May! We missed it by one week, but we didn’t let that stop us from having our adventure. Fortunately for us, we live within walking distance of a TriMet MAX station. An all-day MAX ticket is only five dollars per adult, and $2.50 for youth 7-17. Kids 6 and under are free. After securing the appropriate tickets, we wrote the max all the way through downtown up to Washington Park.

on the MAX with my girl

on the MAX with my girl




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The plaza on top of that MAX station is a nice park, and it was good to take a few moments to organize our things and set off for our hike. We took the Wildwood Trail to the Elephant House & playground near the International Rose Test Gardens.

a woodpecker on a nurse log in Washington Park, Portland Oregon

a woodpecker on a nurse log!

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We had a snacky picnic at the play structure, then continued our hike through the park. We exited on Vista, and walked through the city streets to Nob Hill. We found a perfect place to have lunch, which really turned out to be dinner! It showed up on Google Maps as “Thai Noodles.” The food was good, but more importantly, all 17 of us could sit on the outside patio. We would have overwhelmed any restaurant if we were inside, but this way we didn’t feel badly for taking over.


After lunch/dinner, we walked by the stadium, and caught the MAX back home. Such a fun adventure in Portland, and we didn’t even need to drive anywhere!

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