Bring an umbrella just in case, because its Portland.
We explored Portland on a weekday and it was perfect.
Park at Powell's City of Books; you get a discount if you purchase something at the store.
About This Day
Whether you're just passing through or spending a few days, venture out with this half-day itinerary in Portland with kids. The town's depth and unique feel is palpable. To begin, take in a sugary breakfast at Voodoo Doughnut, then read to the kids at Powell's City of Books (one of the best book stores in the country). Finally, head to Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Along the way, walk the city's charming streets and experience Portland's forward-thinking vibe. Notice the compost bins next to every trash can and the countless activists at Pioneer Courthouse Square trying to make a difference. Plus, there are numerous people biking everywhere rather than driving. This itinerary offers wonderfully fun things to do in Portland for kids. As with most visitors, the charm of Portland will certainly draw you back to explore the many more amazing family-friendly spots.
When that hunger comes a callin', what better thing is there to do than to grab some yummy doughnuts? Voodoo Doughnuts has some funky décor happening like no other (warning, some of it is a bit suggestive). The display of doughnuts is quite eye-catching and it might take some time to decide on the selection. Our choices were chocolate with sprinkles (nugget of course), raspberry romeo (daddy) and mango tango (mommy). These things are incredible! If you are in Portland, make Voodoo Doughnut your breakfast. Be warned that the downtown location has a long line.
TIP The parking at this location is very easy and free.
This bookstore is enormous and carries over a million books. Head to the children's department and spend some time perusing and reading to your nuggets. Our kid loved sitting at the little wooden tables and reading. Even though this place is very large, it is still very cozy and homey. The staff is very warm and friendly. Plus, there is a wonderful pizza joint across the street called Sizzle Pie. We grabbed some lunch there on our way out of from Portland.
DIRECTIONS From Voodoo Doughnuts on the east side, take the Burnside bridge to the book store. It takes about 10 minutes.
TIP Try to get there early if you plan to park in the garage. It fills up quickly, even on a weekday.
Tom McCall Waterfront Park consists of 30 acres of paved paths with the river on one side and green areas on the other. Our daughter loved running around on the grass and seeing the water, while we took the opportunity to take pictures of the bridges. On your way here from Powell's City of Books, check out Pioneer Courthouse Square. There is usually something going on and happening there. Otherwise, the city is very peaceful during the week and enjoy the time strolling through its streets. Portland is a very green, beautiful city; everywhere you look there are parks.
DIRECTIONS From Pioneer Courthouse Square take Southwest Morrison Street all the way to Willamette River.