Located in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range in Oregon and only 12 miles (19.2 kilometers) from Portland, the town of Boring might seem to be all but warning potential visitors to keep on driving with its unflattering name. But it turns out there is actually a fair bit to keep you interested in Boring—at least until it’s time to leave for a trip to its sister city: Dull, Scotland.
With a five-acre corn maze to try and find your way out of, a proper farmer’s market, and hay rides and a huge pumpkin patch in the fall, Liepold Farms is a perfect family activity, especially when the leaves start turning in late September.
Liepold Farms, 14480 SE Richey Rd, Boring, OR, USA, +1 503 913 3033
Starr Alpaca Farm
Alpacas are the stars of the show at Starr Alpaca Farm, with a supporting cast of goats and hens. The alpacas are adorable and produce a baby-soft fleece that the farm sells, along with yarn and eggs from the hens. Come and meet the animals and shop around.
Starr Alpaca Farm, 36801 SE Proctor Rd, Boring, OR, USA, +1 503 668 6998
Join the annual “goth float”
Held every August on the Clackamas River, the annual goth float brings the goth community together to inner tube down four miles (6.4 kilometers) of the river. (A black swimsuit and heavy eye makeup are encouraged.)
Celebrate Boring & Dull Day
In 2013, the Oregon Legislature passed a bill proclaiming every August 9th Boring & Dull Day, in honor of the international partnership formed between Boring, Oregon, and Dull, Scotland. Bagpipers and drummers in kilts join barbershop quartets and ice cream trucks to celebrate the kindred spirits of their cities.
Eat at The Not So Boring Bar & Grill
With a menu that extends far beyond typical pub fare, The Not So Boring Bar & Grill lives up to its name. The fish tacos with cod get particular standout reviews, and once you’re done eating, a game of darts or pool awaits.
The Not So Boring Bar & Grill, 28014 SE Wally Rd, Boring, OR, USA, +1 503 663 0333
Take in a show at the Nutz-n-Boltz Theater Company
A community theatre group located in the historic Boring-Grange Damascus Hall, Nutz-n-Boltz Theater Company puts on several shows per year. Recent performances include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, and an adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps. Take in a show, or if you’ll be in town for a while, why not try out for the next production?
Nutz-n-Boltz Theater, 27861 SE Grange St, Boring, OR, USA, +1 503 593 1295
Enjoy the dramatic views of Mt. Hood
Majestic Mt. Hood rises 11,000 feet (3,352.8 meters) above sea level and has a total of 12 glaciers. And many places in Boring afford excellent and dramatic views of Mt. Hood. So grab your camera, watercolors, or just sit back and enjoy the view of the incredible mountain.
Knospe’s Keen Bean Coffee
A small drive-thru coffee stand right by local grocer Alice’s Market, Knospe’s Keen Bean Coffee serves excellent coffee, along with killer chai lattes and Italian sodas. If you go more than once, they’ll remember your name and your order.
Knospe’s Keen Bean Coffee, 14480 SE Orient Dr, Boring, OR, USA, +1 503 826 1456
Go for a bike ride on the Springwater Trail
The Springwater Trail winds through gorgeous Oregon countryside, running 40 miles (64 kilometers) from Boring to downtown Portland. A large portion of the trail runs along the lovely Johnson Creek.
Take a hike
Beautiful hiking abounds all around Boring. Cazadero is a standout trail—be prepared to see huckleberries, blackberries, and wildflowers, along with several babbling brooks.