This Family Friendly Road Trip Through Oregon Leads To Whimsical Attractions, Themed Restaurants, And More
By Sarah McCosham|Updated on February 14, 2023(Originally published February 09, 2023)
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It’s good to be a kid in Oregon. Our state is stacked with amazing parks, attractions, and places perfect for epic (yet-tot-sized) exploration and adventure! We’ve designed the following family friendly road trip through Oregon so you can enjoy some of the best the state has to offer our youngest residents. If you’re looking for fun things to do in Oregon with kids, grab the crew and the snacks, and get ready for a fun adventure through the Beaver State sure to delight the young and young at heart.
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Sarah M.|February 14, 2023
What are some other family-friendly things to do in Oregon?
Looking for more fun things to do with kids in Oregon? Here are some family-friendly day trips in Oregon to consider once you've returned from our epic road trip:
Oaks Amusement Park. For over a century, Oaks Amusement Park has been *the* place to go in Portland, Oregon for good, old-fashioned fun. Located just 3.5 miles south of downtown Portland, the park opened in May of 1905 and is one of the oldest continually operating amusement parks in the country. It's home to roller coasters, bumper cars, an arcade, roller rink, and loads of games, making it *the* place to go for a day of fun with the fam in Oregon!
Wilsonville's Memorial Park opened in 1969. It's the city's oldest and largest park. Its features include a skatepark, playing fields, a dog park, picnic areas, a plaza with water features, and more. This 126-acre park is in the southeastern part of town and sits on the bank of the Williamette River, and has a barn-themed playground that's loads of fun for littles.
Seaside. Who's up for a day trip to the Oregon Coast? There are certain places that provoke a sense of nostalgia; old-fashioned spots that feel like a step back in time. Seaside, Oregon is one of these pure places. This delightful town on the Oregon Coast is as charming as it gets, with a picture-perfect promenade, old-school shops, and amusement park rides that all harken back to a slower, sweeter time. Visitors can walk or bike the 1.5-mile Seaside Promenade (or "Prom" as it's lovingly referred), which is a postcard-perfect place that will remind you of a good, old-fashioned beach vacation! While you're there, be sure to check out the Seaside Aquarium and fun "tourist" spots like the Seaside Inverted Experience photo booth!