Washington Park

Washington Park, Portland: Hours, Address, Washington Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Washington Park
4.5
Zoos • Parks • Gardens
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5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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This popular park offers miles of trails, an extensive rose garden, a large Japanese garden and a zoo. For information on free shuttles, attraction admission hours and pricing within the park, and maps, visit our website.
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Marina Stein
Vancouver, Canada30 contributions
Great big green park. We have been in Zoo, Rose garden, Japanese garden, Umami cafe. All places were great, and I know there are much more great places in this park.
Written 3 August 2022
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Jim W.
Atlanta, GA949 contributions
To be clear, this review is for the park as a whole, while the constituent parts that we also visited within the park (the Hoyt Arboretum and the International Rose Test Garden) are reviewed separately.

This is a sprawling park built into the hills on the northwest edge of Portland. It is easily accessed from downtown or via I-5. In addition to the attractions noted above, the park also has a Japanese Garden (which had a long line and an entrance fee of around $15 per person) as well as the Portland area zoo. We did not tour either of those places. They had a number of tennis courts near the gardens as well.

The park also features at least one (probably more than one) children's playground and some memorials for some groups (veterans, etc.).

The biggest issue we had with this spot was parking. We had read that it gets crowded on weekends, so we visited on a Monday afternoon. It seemed pretty crowded then too, honestly! We tried to park at the Rose Garden, but the nearest spot we could find was over 1/4 mile down the hill. You also pay to park here (either via an app or entering your license plate at a kiosk). So once we did park, we didn't want to move the car to see another area as we were not sure if we'd find another space and we'd have to pay again.

The solution was to take the park shuttle bus, which runs every 20 or so minutes, I think (there are at least 2 buses making the loop). This was a great way to get from the Rose Garden to the Arboretum. Had we not already been tired after hiking there (plus prior hikes that day), it would probably have been an easy downhill 1+ mile walk back to our car. We instead rode the bus back. At least two areas of the park offer good views of mountains in the distance.

If I returned here, I'd probably try to arrive in the morning in hopes of finding a better parking space.
Written 3 August 2022
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Shirley R
79 contributions
Walking around the Japanese Garden was amazing and beautiful. The bonsai terrace was nice and the routes to walk on were very nice.
Written 31 July 2022
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James S
United Kingdom30 contributions
Spent a day strolling around up here, exploring the various monuments, woodland hiking paths and rose gardens (where there are some lovely views out across Portland too!) - absolutely stunning! Some of the secluded corners of the park feel like you're hiking in the wild Pacific Northwest miles from anywhere - yet downtown Portland is just 30 mins away on foot!
Written 28 July 2022
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EdMBev
Topeka, KS54 contributions
Walked from main entrance parking lot to International Rose Garden (2 miles?) around 8:30 am (some attractions don’t open until 10 am). Via the Overlook and Wildwood trails passing by the Visitors Center. Enjoyable and long, but, didn’t expect to pass backyards of houses and encounter several residents. Not an early morning to myself. Some mud in spots, best to wear boots most months of the year.
Took the shuttle bus back to the entrance.
Written 25 June 2022
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Helen711
Atlanta, GA1 228 contributions
Lovely wooded area, steep hills. Saw several bicyclists racing down. There isn't too much to see from the road.
Written 25 June 2022
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itsasmallworld2015
Sarnia, Canada14 contributions
The best urban park I've ever seen. Free shuttles around beautiful gardens, to the memorials, to the forested areas of the extensive arboretum, to the modern walkable zoo and through the beautiful local neighbourhoods
Written 19 June 2022
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Solo traveler
27 contributions
After finding that none of the local tour groups were running half day tours yet - too early in the spring - we decided to see what we could reach via local transit. We were staying downtown just a few blocks from a red line (tram) station. So we bought one day passes for $5 and headed out to Washington Park. The tram was easy to use despite slightly confusing directions from the front desk staff. The sidewalk stops are referred to as 'stations' even if there it's just a curb side stop. And not all stations have a kiosk to purchase the required ticket to board the trams.

We enjoyed riding through the city because we were able to see several different neighborhoods on our way to Washington Park. The stop for Washington Park is in an underground station. There is an elevator to take you to street level. We had read that there was a free shuttle to take you around the Park. We exited the station and were facing the Discovery Museum across the road. From that spot there were no signs indicating where to catch the shuttle. You have to go around the the side of the station building to see that the shuttle picks up there -every 15 minutes when we visited.

The shuttle arrived and we boarded along with 5 or 6 passengers. The ride through the park nice and it takes you near many of the sites in the park rose garden, Japanese garden, memorials, etc. It's a hop on hop off shuttle making all of the stops on each circuit.
Written 1 May 2022
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Joel M
Buda, TX1 816 contributions
Family
Amazing drive through a forest. Beautiful gardens, park, houses, hiking trails and gardens. A truly beautiful park.
Written 15 February 2022
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SimeyTravels
San Diego, CA3 384 contributions
Even though the weather was working against us - it was November, so we knew not to expect sunshine and warmth - we did enjoy our wanderings through this area.

We took advantage of the light rail to get from our hotel to an area close-ish to the park. The added walk was a bonus for us, and gave us a chance to explore neighborhoods we wouldn't normally have seen.

The walk into the park was a bit more intense than we'd expected - our path took us up a steep set of stairs and further up a winding residential street before dropping us off close to one of the park's entrances - but again, we relished that extra bit of exercise and being outdoors.

Once we got to the Lewis and Clark memorial we realized: we had no idea what to do next! The park was mostly deserted, it was drizzling and cold, and there was construction happening on the other side. We did a quick review of Google Maps and headed down the slope to the Sacajawea Statue (pausing so that I could swing my old bones on the swing set, naturally).

From Sacajawea, we made our way to the Chiming Fountain. Finding that to be turned off and disused, we once more consulted the map and headed towards the Oregon Holocaust Memorial up the hill.

This memorial, y'all. It's not at all what we set out to visit, but I'm so glad we found it. Powerful and moving, as a memorial should be, it's also a statement of humanity and the toll hatred can take on the world.

We spent a good amount of time reading the panels (some of the etchings have been smoothed away by time and weather, but most of the words are still legible) before going back the way we came and hanging a right to head up towards the rose garden.

The open-air amphitheater was a nice little surprise for us. Though it was muddy and a bit treacherous, we scampered down into the bowl and took some pictures before taking in the garden. We hadn't expected many flowers - winter, you know - but were pleased to see a few pops of color mixed in with the bushes and educational signs.

Our last stop was supposed to be the Japanese Garden, but by the time we hiked our way up there, we realized we were famished, frozen and tired, so we tapped. It was a nice way to spend several hours and get some exercise and fresh air in.
Written 15 December 2021
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