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Hebb Park

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Paved Bike Path at Hebb parkWhat’s to Love: For Willamette River access, Hebb Park cannot compare to the beauty and cleanliness of Willamette Park, or George Rogers Park in Lake Oswego. However, Hebb Park will certainly provide a more relaxed atmosphere with manageable crowds. Plus, if you’re looking for a casual fishing experience off a dock or the shore, this is a pretty good choice.

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Mt. Tabor Park

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Playstructure at Mt. Tabor ParkCovered picnic area at Mt. TaborWhat’s to Love: Mt. Tabor Park is another showpiece destination within Portland city limits. This park has it all – including stellar hikes, mountain biking, road biking, closed-roads on certain days/times, beautiful views, and at times…serenity. We have been going to Mt. Tabor park for years, and we still seem to find new nooks and crannies to explore.

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Letterboxing Portland

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Opening the letterbox in Mt. Tabor ParkWhat’s to Love: Letterboxing is like a treasure hunt, but you leave the treasure where you found it. The fun part is reading clues, hunting for the Letterbox, finding it, and then putting your mark in the register. This is done via rubber stamps – both in the Letterbox itself, and your personal stamp you bring with you.

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Oregon Zoo

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What’s to Love: Of course, there is an underlying debate of whether or not zoos are a good or bad thing. I’ve been to some zoos where I felt the integrity of the entire business was suspect. However, the Oregon Zoo (located in Portland’s Washington Park) is not such a place. This is the best zoo I’ve ever visited. They may not have the most animals, or the largest square footage, but it’s clean, well managed, eco-conscious, friendly, and a great time for kids! Even the cafeteria has responsible food choices on the menu offering many local organic/natural products. The Zoo has a “Green Team” that strives to make the Zoo an “Earth Friendly” operation (read more here).

The exhibits are well thought out, and it’s easy to navigate throughout the premises. Our son loves seeing the giraffes, elephants, sea lions, hippos, zebras…all the animals; however, most of all he loves riding the train! The train takes a pleasant trip into Forest Park. During most of the year, the train makes a stop at the Rose Garden where you can get off and re-board later. The Zoo is also a good spot to check-out holiday lights during the Christmas season.

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