Tom McCall Waterfront Park sits on over 36 acres of land that is conveniently located along the Willamette River. It is voted as one of the United State's best public spaces. Walking, jogging, skateboarding, watching the fireworks, or boating amid a stream of lovely pink cherry blossoms are just some of the Portland activities you can do at the park. Walk through the Esplanade where you can have river recreational activities.
The sight and scent wafting from the International Rose Test Garden will surely illumine your sense of calm and beauty. Visit the place from April through October and your eyes will feast on over 7,000 blooming rose bushes in a splash of colors. Enjoy classical music concerts played at the garden's amphitheater. The Shakespeare garden brings you to the olden times because it contains plants mentioned in the writings of William Shakespeare.
The Oregon Zoo located in the west hills of Oregon is a perfect place for children as part of your Portland vacation. Get your children educated with the exhibits of themes like the African Savanna, African Rainforest, Amazon Flooded Forest, and Elephant Lands, to name a few. Other attractions include Wildlife Live during the summer season. Enjoy the holiday season with ZooLights which is the Zoos' annual winter festival featuring more than a million LED lights.
Experience an authentic Ming Dynasty style garden at the Lan Su Chinese Garden. Find respite in your Portland vacation with this year round wonder. Suzhou artisans built the gardens with its intricate walkways, temples, open colonnades, and pavilions. The man-made Zither Lake is picture perfect as an urban oasis for vacationers. Enjoy a cup of drink at the Tao of Tea to cap your visit.
The outdoor arts and crafts can be best enjoyed at the Portland Saturday Market. Time your Portland vacation on a Saturday and Sunday to sample local goods. Whether you are craving for a unique souvenir or exotic foods, this is the place to be. Check out local arts, clothing, great fabrics, toys, and have your fill of shopping in every imaginable ware available. Tired from shopping? Choose an array of international foods from Asian to European in the food booths.