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Washington Park Tours

Washington Park is a sprawling woodland in Southwest Portland, home to the Oregon Zoo, Portland Children’s Museum, and a series of gardens including the International Rose Test Garden, Hoyt Arboretum, and the Portland Japanese Garden. Cycling paths and walking trails wind throughout the park, providing a convenient nature escape. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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, and more.

Practical Info

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Best of Portland Small-Group Sightseeing Tour, Portland, null
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Best of Portland Small-Group Sightseeing Tour

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Portland Sightseeing Tour Including Columbia Gorge Waterfalls, Portland, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Portland Sightseeing Tour Including Columbia Gorge Waterfalls

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Best of Portland City Morning Tour, Portland, City Tours
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Best of Portland City Morning Tour

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Prepare to be introduced to the incredible 9am City of Portland. This is the only city tour in Portland that offers a well-balanced overview of both downtown ...  Read more

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Portland Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, Portland, City Tours
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Portland Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Portland Combo: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Trolley and Columbia River Gorge Tour, Portland, Hop-on ... 
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Portland Combo: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Trolley and Columbia River Gorge Tour

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2.5-Hour Guided Small Group Portland City Tour

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