I really love Portland. It’s a great city to visit, whether it’s a family outing or a trip to hit the bars and sporting events. Portland has something for everyone. Great beer and food trucks is a good start. We did an impromptu trip recently so I thought I would share how easy it is to do a quick Portland trip that is family friendly.
First off, hotel rates in Portland can be steep just like any city, especially in the summer. I have stayed at a variety of locations in Portland and each area has something to offer. For us with small kids, (2 and 5) we still have specific requirements for a room so saving can be difficult. We like to have a suite with at least a separate bedroom and a sofa bed. This allows the oldest to have the sofa bed and the youngest can sleep in our room or out in the living room depending on size of the suite. We use a portable kid’s cot that works great for a toddler.
Downtown rates were just a little steep for me. I don’t mind dropping $200 on a good room that’s a suite, but then you add in parking and you could easily be up to almost $250. So if looking to save check the Lloyd center area or the airport. I found a great Residence Inn out by the airport at Cascade station (large shopping area). Only $150 and free parking and free breakfast which is a must for saving with the family. Plenty of shopping in the area and when its tax free, you can really save a few extra bucks.
My wife found a great kids item. The Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI) has $2 admission on the first Sunday of each month (2 and under free). It was fun and plenty for the kids to do.$11 total for us with parking.
We also visited a couple great breweries that family friendly. We did Laurelwood and Hopworks Urban Brewery. The kids will also love a stop at Voodoo doughnuts.
We didn’t visit this time due to the holiday but I recommend Oaks Amusement Park too. Great little place on the outskirts of town.
For us, a quick one-night trip with something for the kids and the adults.