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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

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The scenery was beautiful...
Amy_C, Jun 2022
Forest Park Urban Hiking Tour, Portland
The scenery was beautiful and amazing. Everything is so green and the air is so fresh. Rowan was an awesome guide full of knowledge.
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Nice hike
Wendy_S, May 2022
Forest Park Urban Hiking Tour, Portland
Rowan (hope I spelled his name correctly) and Everett were great tour guides. They were extremely knowledgeable about the trail, Portland’s history, and wildlife. Had a fantastic time.
star-4
Urban Forest Hiking with a Portland spin
Blake_S, May 2022
Forest Park Urban Hiking Tour, Portland
Nice scenic hike through park/creek and neighborhoods in the middle of the city. A good hike so be prepared to climb some rocky trails. I, sadly, had a bad knee and managed to twist it climbing so I didn't quite get to experience the whole tour and had to stop, but it was good for as far as my knee let me go. :)
star-5
A beautiful walk throug the woods
Jan_H, May 2022
Forest Park Urban Hiking Tour, Portland
Our guide was Sarah. She's great. Funny, entertaining; and extremely knowledgeable. We were lucky to have her all to ourselves. The conversation ranged over all sorts of topics.
star-5
Amazing urban-nature adventure
Elena_B, Apr 2022
Forest Park Urban Hiking Tour, Portland
You will see the best of Portland during this tour. It starts in cozy and picturesque Goose Hollow area, includes beautiful Washington park, Pittock Mansion with the magnificent view, then mystic Forest park. Very good cardio workout , as the first part of the tour goes uphill. The guide, Jeri, is amazing: she is very passionate with her job, enthusiastic, and is happy to share her knowledge. I enjoyed listening her stories. She is also very attentive and responsive to any questions or requests. I will definitely look for more tours with her guidance.
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Fantastic Pictures, Mushrooms!
Hannah_S, Nov 2021
Forest Park Urban Hiking Tour, Portland
I had a great time with Everett and the one other individual on our tour. Everett was super knowledgeable about the history and fielded any questions we threw at him very well. The hike itself was BEAUTIFUL as there was a glowing fog over everything. Saw a TON of mushrooms and fungi which was a big reason why I chose this tour. Will definitely recommend to anyone visiting Portland :)
star-5
Great experiece
Michael_S, Oct 2021
Forest Park Urban Hiking Tour, Portland
Great experience. Though the park, up and down. Everett did a great job. A bit challenging but just for a short way.
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Highly recommended - a very good tour!
Sheila_S, Sep 2021
Forest Park Urban Hiking Tour, Portland
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, Portland
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.
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Will do it again
Fenot_A, Jul 2021
Forest Park Urban Hiking Tour, Portland
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!
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Beautiful scenery, excellent guide
Stacey_L, Oct 2019
Forest Park Urban Hiking Tour, Portland
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.
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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