Posts Tagged ‘swimming’

Butte Creek Falls

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IMG_2280What’s to Love: By far the best waterfall swimming I’ve had in Oregon period. It’s off the beaten path a bit, but it’s a lovely drive through Oregon farm country and only about an hour from downtown Portland. It’s the type of place you want to keep a secret, but since it was already published in Portland Monthly (and other publications), I thought I’d join the club.

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Vancouver Lake Park

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Vancouver Lake ParkWhat’s to Love:  Vancouver Lake Park is one of my new favorite spots. Unfortunately, it took me eight years to make it over the bridge for a visit. I was impressed with the entire park: clean, nice green space, picnic spots, grills, biking, and swimming. Plus, there was no day-use-fee! While summer lasts, make sure to include this on your tick list.

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Dabney State Park

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Dabney State ParkWhat’s to Love:  An overcrowded beach along the Sandy River filled with people throwing cigarette butts, trash, and being obnoxiously loud and rude?  Is that the Dabney State Park you know and love?  My expectations were pretty low going in, especially on a busy summer weekend.  However, similar to Oxbow State Park, the rangers and clean-up crew do an excellent job of keeping Dabney clean, under control, and a great place for families. 

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Henry Hagg Lake

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Henry Hagg LakeWhat’s to Love:  I’ve lived in Portland since 1999, and this was my first trip to Henry Hagg Lake.  I was always concerned that it would just be a big scene with jet skis, motor boats, and a bunch of yahoos throwing trash all over the place.  I was definitely wrong and we had a lovely time.  I found the entire recreation area clean and a bargain at $5.00 for a pass.  The lake offered up a fairly secluded beach with warm water for swimming and a bunch of activities for the whole family.

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Pier Park: Disc Golf, Skateboarding and Swimming

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Pier Park is yet another excellent North Portland Park featuring an challenging 18-hold disc golf course, an outdoor skate park, and an outdoor pool! This destination park has a little bit of everything for the whole family. If you have yet to visit, I suggest heading up to St. Johns before the rainy season hits in North Portland.

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Top 10 Summer Activities

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Sellwood PoolPreamble:  We’re just out of the starting block (officially) with summer, and I wanted to send along ten recommendations from Portland Family Adventures.  These are some of our favorites that may or may not resonate with your family.

If you can recommend a trip, please comment below.  Here are some perennial favorites from Portland Family Adventures.  Oh yeah…I just realized that I left off my absolute favorite thing to do, which is attend Kruger’s Farm –  Summer Concert Series!  These concerts are every Thursday night (July and August) from 6:30 – 9:30 on the farm’s beautiful lawn.  The concerts are VERY family-friendly (no dogs, no smoking!) with great sound and great bands!  There is also plenty of food and drink available on the farm; however, picnics/coolers are welcome (NOTE it’s against the rules to bring your own alcohol onto the farm).  Please read farmer Don’s blog about Multnomah County’s efforts to prohibit these activities at Kruger’s Farm.

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