Family travel in Portland, OR
Hotel Monaco is a vibrant, family-friendly boutique hotel located in downtown Portland's Pioneer Square neighborhood. Parents of the younger crowd will appreciate complimentary childproofing kits, including outlet covers and toilet lid latches to keep their hotel room as safe as their own home. Kids will love the fun, pint-size animal print robes and the pet goldfish that is delivered to their room upon arrival! True to its commitment to being a green city, Hotel Monaco provides bikes for you to explore the city. In addition to its in-house accommodations, Hotel Monaco is in a prime location downtown, including being walking distance to the local favorite, Powell's Books.
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, or OMSI as it's lovingly called by locals, is a hot spot for families. Experience an earthquake in the Turbine Hall. Take the six and under crowd to the Science Playground to make puppets. Head outside the museum and take a tour of a real submarine (you can even schedule a sleepover on the USS Blueback!). Experience the OMNIMAX, a five-story IMAX theater, which plays both educational documentaries and popular movies. Before you visit OMSI, go to their website to explore the current events list, which includes things like LEGO building challenges, $2 admission days and evening events for adults.
If you're walking around downtown Portland and need a treat, head to Voodoo Doughnut. This is not your ordinary doughnut shop. Popular flavors include The Marshall Matters (cake doughnut with vanilla frosting and covered in mini m&ms), The Loop (covered with vanilla frosting and Fruit Loops) and their most popular, The Bacon Maple Bar (traditional maple bar with big slices of bacon on top!). If you're up for some fun, take on The Texas Challenge -- a giant doughnut that equals six normal sized doughnuts -- eat it in less than 80-seconds and it's free! Please note, Voodoo Doughnut only accepts cash.
Each fall, for the past 23-years, the Portland Nursery has hosted this annual apple tasting event. Actually, the tasting includes apples and pears, over 50 varieties to sample! There's also caramel apples and fresh cider to try, a fun scarecrow making contest, Kids Tent on Fridays and the weekend with pumpkin painting and other fall crafts. While you're at the nursery, stock up on your favorite apples for pies, applesauce and just plain snacking, as well as other yummy local fruits and vegetables. Be sure to check the online schedule to avoid visiting when the nursery will be hosting local students.
If you're looking for a great day-trip from the Portland area, Cannon Beach is the place to go! From Portland, take Highway 26 Westbound for about an hour and you'll run right into this super family friendly beach and town. The highlight at Cannon Beach is Haystack Rock, which towers over 230-feet in the air and is home to a world of sealife. At the lowest tides, you can walk out to Haystack Rock and explore the creatures and hidden caves of the rock. There are many places along the beach to grab a meal before driving back to the city -- a family favorite is The Lumberyard Grill.