Hate to say it, but summer’s almost over. Only a few more weeks until school starts up again and these dog days come to an end. But there’s a lot that can happen in a few weeks. We’ve come up with our favorite, iconic, not-to-be-missed, Portland family summertime activities. Make sure you cross these off your list before heading back to school!
- Splash Around. If you’re looking for a fresh, free way to cool down, look no further than a splash pad. From your local pad to the iconic, you can find a list of all of Portland’s splash pads here. We recommend the splash pad at Murase Plaza in Wilsonville. In addition to some awesome splash pad action, you’ll also find one of the best playgrounds around—a barn-themed wonderland great for kids of all ages.
- Amuse Yourself. Nothing says summer in Portland like a day at Oaks Amusement Park. If you’ve got young kids, be sure to stop by for Chipper Preschool Mornings. From 9:30 to 11:30 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays through September, you get unlimited access to preschool rides for just $9 per child.
- Take them out to the ballgame. What more iconic summertime activity is there than heading out to a ballgame? You don’t need to go all the way to Seattle anymore to see some first-rate baseball. Check out minor league team the Hillsboro Hops, especially on one of their family Sample activities include Harry Potter Night (8/10) and STEM Day (8/25).
- Dive in. Ready for a true summer adventure? Hit the road and the water with a trip to a swimming hole. Stay local, or go farther out to spots like Daybreak Park in Washington or Dewey Pool in Vernonia.
- Stock up on local deliciousness. Yes, many farmers markets go year round. But it’s summer when they really shine. In August you’ll find kale, peaches and other stone fruits, cucumbers, summer squash and the first apples of the season. For a truly remarkable farmers market experience, head to the PSU park blocks for dozens and dozens of vendors, music, and food carts. But your local farmers market is just great too.
- Turn in your summer reading card. Did you make it through your summer reading game card? Turn it in for a free t-shirt (we love this year’s design!) and bragging rights.
- Go to a street fair. We’re still in peak street fair season. This month, you can explore Alberta, Multnomah Village, and a number of cultural festivals too. Don’t forget to treat yourselves to some shaved ice while you’re there!
- Explore Sauvie Island. Berry picking is about over for the season, but Sauvie Island remains a great summer destination. Go swimming at the public beach (but not Collins beach, unless you want to go nude), check out the animals at the Pumpkin Patch, and stop by a local farm stand for some healthy, fresh food for a summer picnic.
- Be free. Don’t miss out on the last month of Portland Parks and Recreation’s iconic Summer Free for All. Listen to music, see an outdoor movie, go for a dip in a pool, even have lunch – all for free. Check out the rest of the festivities here.
- Take a lick. Not to be too obvious, but guys—you can’t have summer without an ice cream or seven. Portland has it down with its ice cream scene. You’ll find ice cream sandwiches, sundaes and more—many of them organic and made from locally-sourced ingredients. Check out your map to ice cream nirvana here.
What’s your not-to-be-missed Portland summer activity? Let us know below or on Facebook.