5 of My Favorite Portland (and Beaverton) Playgrounds5/16/2016
Currently we're renting in the outskirts of NW Portland, which means we're close to both Beaverton and Hillsboro. While we haven't spent a ton of time exploring Hillsboro, we do get out into Beaverton often, so that's why you see a mix of both areas on this list. I also think it's helpful for those families living in SW Portland, who may find themselves in Beaverton more often than Portland proper. Speaking of Portland proper, we have visited a handful of other parks in the area, but I didn't include them because they either had play structures tailored toward one age group of kids only, or they weren't as convenient to navigate. Also, keep in mind, there's many we haven't yet seen! So, if you have a favorite, please share in the comments below! We'd love to check them out.
All that said, here are five of my favorite playgrounds in Portland and Beaverton, Oregon!*This list is not ordered in a most-to-least-favorite fashion. I couldn't possibly choose which playground I like better over another — they're all amazing!*
1) Sabin Hydro Park in NE Portland
A short walk away is the Alberta Arts District, which offers an eclectic mix of eateries, coffee shops, bars, and more. Salt & Straw has a location there, so if your kids work up an appetite at the playground, head over for a dip of their homemade, one-of-a-kind ice cream! (See flavor list here.)
With play structures, swing sets, seesaws, monkey bars, and more, on a mulched area, among magnificently tall trees, with a nearby skyline view of Portland, it's a must-see even if you're only in town for a short while. Kids of all ages will have a great time, but make note, little guys can't navigate the play structures alone, but parents will have no problem making their way along and down the slides.
A 15-minute drive away is OMSI, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, which is a science and technology museum (as the name would suggest) offering interactive exhibits, but it also has a planetarium, IMAX theater, and its own submarine (with tours)! Famished after a day of fun and science? Fret not... OMSI has a restaurant on-site!
Neither play structure is suitable for an unattended toddler, as there are several spots where they could fall through/off. However, parents can comfortably navigate the larger structure. The smaller structure is fine for parents, as long as you aren't planning on going down the windy slide. It's a tight squeeze, even for my 5'2" slender self.
While you're there, do visit the Zoo and/or Children's Museum. They're right around the corner, and so worth it!
While there isn't much within walking distance, if you happen across this playground via the Greenway, there's a nearby pump station, and the views are so relaxing. There's a rolling creek, wildlife, and peace and quiet for miles. We love to walk to this park from our rental, but if you're in the area, you can park in the nearby neighborhood and walk in along the trail. It's definitely not convenient for out-of-towners, but if you're in the Bethany area, are hiking along the Rock Creek Greenway, or are in nearby Beaverton, stop in!
I just couldn't leave this park off the list, even though it's not in Portland nor Beaverton.... It's just so much fun, and there were so many creative features added to this park that it has to be mentioned!
George Rogers Park in Lake Oswego
Have you been to any of the playgrounds featured today? Are you from the area and have a playground you'd like to share? Let's hear it!