Portland is renowned for its breweries, coffee shops and young vibe, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a top destination for a family vacation, too. From historic firehouses and pancake flipping to amusement parks and zoos, there’s something for everyone. Culture Trip’s local insiders have got the scoop.
Guess what Pip sells? You got it, fresh, hot donuts and sensational, home-made chai straight from the pot. The gang here have been part of the community for years and they’re a big part of Portland bringing joy to little and big kids alike. The grown-ups can grab an espresso or matcha alongside a seasonal donut speciality – candied bacon and maple donut anyone? Kick back in the homely dining room while the kids browse the bookshelf crammed with children’s books. Recommended by local insider Madeline Churm
With sustainability and environmentalism at its heart, Oregon Zoo carries out critical work in conservation, education and animal welfare. Such a commitment to animal wellbeing makes it a fantastic place to visit to learn all about the animal kingdom. Small people will love it for its sprawling exhibits filled with animals and birds from across the world. Its amphitheater is home to summer concerts, too. Recommended by local insider Madeline Churm
Any youngster will be more than happy with a trip to this slice of firefighting history in Portland. Watch real firemen slide down the firehouse pole and see the fire trucks on display. The tour is geared up for young children, and if they’re happy then you will be, too. The surrounding neighborhood on SE Belmont Street is a fashionable, cool place with plenty to offer, so it is worth staying in the area to explore. Recommended by local insider Jordan Singh
Every table at Slappy Cakes comes with a personal griddle for each person, the result being the best home-made pancakes that you’ve ever tasted. Squeeze out the batter and get to work on your creation; once it’s sizzling, choose from jars of butter, jam, whipped cream, berries and chocolate for a wicked treat. There’s a full bar so this place isn’t just for kids, and if you don’t fancy cooking up your own, select your favorite from the full breakfast menu. Happy flipping! Recommended by local insider Jordan Singh
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Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
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Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
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