What's Fun for Kids in Portland, OR

You can play for days in this pioneering town in the scenic Northwest.



1. DOWNTOWN DISCOVERIES Begin your visit at Pioneer Courthouse Square, known as "Portland's living room," where you can view a film on the city (SW Broadway and Yamhill St.; 877-678-5263). Get acclimated with a ride on the aboveground MAX train (503-238-RIDE), or see the sights on a kid-friendly Portland Walking Tour (503-774-4522). Rent bikes at Waterfront Bicycle Rentals (Riverplace Esplanade; 503-227-1719) and head into Tom McCall Waterfront Park, then cross the Hawthorne Bridge for a view from the Eastbank Esplanade.

2. PORTLAND PANORAMA Enjoy stunning views of the City of Roses skyline during a narrated jet-boat ride along the Willamette River to historic Oregon City and Willamette Falls (1945 SE Water Ave.; 888-JETBOAT). Board the Portland Spirit riverboat for sightseeing, music, and lunch and dinner cruises (SW Front Ave. and Salmon St.; 800-224-3901).

3. A SALUTE TO RAMONA Young fans of Oregon author Beverly Cleary can picnic in Grant Park, the setting for many of Cleary's books, and play in the fountains around artist Lee Hunt's life-size bronze sculptures of Cleary's lovable characters Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and Ribsy the dog (NE 33 and U.S. Grant Place; 503-823-7529).

4. MARKET MANIA Shop for handcrafted toys and enjoy live performances in historic Old Town at the Portland Saturday Market (open Sunday too; 108 W. Burnside St.; 503-222-6072), then sample Northwest cuisine nearby at Dan & Louis' Oyster Bar (208 SW Ankeny St.; 503-227-5906).

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