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Washington Park

Washington Park

Free admission
400 Southwest Kingston Avenue, Portland, Oregon, 97201

The Basics

Stroll through Washington Park’s many trails, rent a bike to explore on two wheels, or bring a lunch to enjoy at one of the park’s picnic areas. Don’t miss the 64-acre (61.5-hectare) zoo, which houses more than 2,000 animals from North America, Asia, and Africa; the Children’s Museum with its 12-foot (3.7-meter) waterfall; and the Japanese Garden’s vine-draped arbors, curving bridges, and stone sculptures.

Washington Park is a top Portland attraction and therefore features on many city sightseeing tours, whether you want to explore on a full-day or half-day excursion. Small-group guided tours are available, and you can also see the park at your own pace on a hop-on hop-off trolley tour.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Portland

star-4
Highly recommended - a very good tour!
Sheila_S, Sep 2021
Forest Park Urban Hiking Tour
The walk through the forest - finding crawdaddies in the stream - amazing view from Pittock mansion.
star-5
Amazing.
KRISTINA_E, Sep 2021
Forest Park Urban Hiking Tour
My second time taking this tour, and it’s just as good. I had originally taken the morning tour, a month back, and here I am again. Our tour guide was knowledgeable on nearly anything my group and I could have asked him, and pointed out all these things that we all would have missed. We thank him—our tour guide—even, for walking an extra mile and a half with us to help us find a bus stop once our tour had finished. Would recommend, and do again.
star-5
Will do it again
Fenot, Jul 2021
Forest Park Urban Hiking Tour
The tour guide, Everett, was professional and had good energy. He was knowledgeable and kept me informed about the tour. I was the only one on tour, and I was happy that the tour was not canceled. Forest Park is beautiful! I am grateful to Everett to take his time and gave me a private tour of the park :) Thank you!
star-5
Beautiful scenery, excellent guide
cttraveler000, Oct 2019
Forest Park Urban Hiking Tour
With the guidance of Madi, it was a wonderful hike thru an unbelievable urban oasis. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone to grab some ‘nature’. I would recommend to my closest family and friends and everyone else. Thank you.
star-5
Wonderful walk
Alisha E, Jun 2019
Forest Park Urban Hiking Tour
Really beautiful trail hike. It was not strenuous at all, there was a modest hill that got you sweating for a few minutes, but other than that this was a great few miles meandering through the trees. My guide and guide-in-training were both great conversationalist and full of interesting info. Overall an A+ experience!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Washington Park is a must-see for nature lovers and families with kids.

  • Remember to bring sun protection and comfortable walking shoes.

  • Visitor facilities include restrooms, gift shops, picnic areas, and multiple information kiosks.

  • Wheelchair-accessible parking is available.

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How to Get There

Washington Park is located roughly 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) from Downtown Portland. Parking for cars is limited, especially during warm, sunny weekends. The city’s MAX Light Rail is a good public transportation option, and from May through September a free shuttle service runs on a loop through the park. Biking and walking trails also connect the park to Downtown Portland.

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When to Get There

You can visit Washington Park year-round, but Portland’s weather is typically best from June through August. To avoid crowds, opt for an early morning or late afternoon visit.

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Other Attractions in Washington Park

Besides the famous rose garden, Japanese garden, and arboretum, Washington Park also houses the World Forestry Center with exhibits exploring forests in the Pacific Northwest and around the world, the Oregon Holocaust Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans of Oregon Memorial, tennis courts, and an archery range.

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