Traveling to Portland with Kids

Welcome to Portland! We’re so glad you’ve decided to come to this magical land of coffee, donuts and beer. 

Of course, Portland isn’t limited to these more adult-inclined treats. (Yes, including donuts in there. Wait until you try them.) It’s also filled with kid-friendly fun. We’ve got family -friendly museums, playgrounds, music, nature explorations, restaurants, and more.

We’ve gathered together some of our tried-and-true favorites here. Take a look, and above all else – have fun! 

There’s a reason there are tried-and-true spots that visitors like to take their kids: they’re great! We’ve got the best-known and best-loved spots to take your family here, whether you want to explore, relax, or chow down. 



For the tourist who likes to travel like a local. Here’s where you’ll find the local parents with their kids. From nature walks to our favorite coffee shops, you’ll find them here. 



No matter how well-behaved your children are, we all know how stressful it can be to go out to eat with kids–especially when dining out in a different place. No need to worry at these kid-friendly restaurants. You’ll find friendly staff, understanding customers, and–of course–delicious food!


What’s a trip to a new city without visiting a local museum or two? Portland’s got lots of them, and they are world-class. You’ll find more than just the standards here–we’ve got the slightly weird too. (Vacuum museum, anyone?)



Portland has more than 10,000 acres of parks–so there’s plenty of places to blow off some kid energy. But which one to choose? From crazy spider-web like structures to natural play areas, these are some of the best playgrounds around. 



There’s something to do every day of the year here in Portland! From festivals to farms to arts & crafts and yoga, you’re sure to find something that will fit your family’s needs. 



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Ali Wilkinson

Online Editor at PDX Parent
Ali Wilkinson is the Online Editor for PDX Parent, and is one of the founders of PDX Kids Calendar. She loves exploring Portland with her three small children, especially when the explorations lead outdoors, to music or to ice cream. You can read more from Ali at
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