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6 (more) Things to do Before Summer Ends

August 18, 2017

It’s almost time for school to start back up, much to the woe of our children. While for many parents this can mean a welcome break from having to entertain the kids 24/7 or pay for childcare, it can still be hard to let go of the freedom of summer weather and outdoor activities. Earlier this summer we shared 6 fun outdoor activities in the Portland/Vancouver area. Today we want to share 6 more! Just because school is starting doesn’t mean the fun has to end. Take advantage of the afternoons and weekends and check off our end of summer activity list!

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Take a segway tour! That’s right, I said Segway! Along both the Vancouver and Portland sides of the waterfront you will find opportunities to take guided segway tours. These can be both fun and educational! Make sure to check times and age restrictions as these vary and are set by the specific company!

 

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Oneonta Gorge! This popular hike is a must do at least once in your life. When is a better time than now! While it’s short, it does require climbing over a pile of fallen logs and wading through water. This unique experience brings you out to a gorgeous waterfall! We wouldn’t suggest doing it with extremely young children as the logs may prove tricky especially when wet, but if your family is capable and up for an adventure we would highly encourage you to try it out! Just be prepared for a crowd if you go on the weekend!
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Kayak! There are multiple kayak rental companies based out of Portland that allow you to get out on the water in a new and fun way! You can choose a guided tour or just renting and going out on your own (dependent on who you rent from). If you have never kayaked before, no sweat, this sport allows you to be as intense or relaxed as you want to be. This is definitely a must try activity before the weather gets rainy!

 

 

 

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Hood River Fruit Loop! This is as tasty as it sounds! The fruit loop is a “loop” you can drive to visit multiple farms and produce stands to get delicious fresh fruit. While you will need to drive as they are not all close enough to walk, it still provides you ample opportunities to get out of the car and enjoy what nature has to offer (food!). Plus, the drive itself is in a gorgeous area that makes even sitting in the car enjoyable.

 

 

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Mini Golf. Okay, I know, this is a pretty well known activity, nothing new. But let’s be honest, it’s way more fun to do when the weather is nice and warm than when it’s cold and rainy! In addition, this is a great evening activity for after school or after work. There are multiple outdoor mini golf courses in the Portland/Vancouver area, all you have to do is decide which one you want to try! The whole family will enjoy some lighthearted competition and good old classic fun!

 

 

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Oktoberfest! This is a personal favorite for so many reasons. There are multiple Oktoberfests in the area, from Mount Angel to Oaks Park and others! All of them boast delicious food, fun family activities, and an awesome atmosphere. If you are over 21, Oktoberfests are also known for their awesome beer selections! Whether you go for a couple hours or a whole weekend, this is bound to be an experience the whole family remembers and enjoys! Check the schedules, between the various different ones being put on, there looks to be an Oktoberfest almost every weekend of September!

 

There it is, our 6 end of summer activities we suggest trying before the weather turns sour!

Things to do in Portland/Vancouver This Summer

June 27, 2017

There is no doubt that the pacific northwest is a naturally beautiful area. From the gorgeous, prominent mountains like St. Helens, Hood, Bachelor, and more, to the wondrous waterfalls like Multnomah falls and Shoshone falls. If you love being outside, summer in this area is a haven for you! Whether you are an avid hiker, or prefer enjoying the outdoors without working up a sweat, we’ve compiled a short list of some awesome places to enjoy the outdoors this summer, right here in the Portland/Vancouver area!

1. Vancouver Lake Park While Portland may be who is known for hikes and outdoor activities, Vancouver is not lacking in it’s own nature sites. One popular summer destination is Vancouver Lake Park. This park spans an area of 190 acres and follows the shore line of the lake for about 2.5 miles. It’s a great family destination with options for water activities such as kayaking, windsurfing, and swimming, as well as land fun such as playground equipment, sports, and family walks! On top of providing an area for recreational activities, it also provides wonderful views of the lake and multiple mountains in the area.

 

2. Ridgefield Wildlife RefugeJust north of Vancouver you will find the beautiful Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge. A place to not only enjoy the views of mountain and trees but also of many of the animals native to the area. If you prefer to enjoy the view from the air conditioning of the car, they have an auto tour route that allows you to drive through parts of the refuge looking for animals. Wanting to stretch those legs? They have multiple trails and viewing areas to provide you with a long or short walk and an even better chance of sighting an animal in their natural habitat. Some of the animals you might see include coyotes, deer, otters, geese, herons, or more! All in all, this family friendly refuge is a great option for a day out this summer!

 

3. Farmers’ Market – If you like to get outside, but prefer to stay in town and around people, many cities in the area offer an outdoor market during the summer! You’ll want to double check the days and times of each one before you go, to make sure they are open, but between Portland, Vancouver, Camas, Ridgefield, and more you have plenty of options to choose from!

 

 

 

 

4. Multnomah Falls A short drive outside of Portland is the iconic Multnomah Falls. This is a popular tourist destination for people from all over the world. It’s no wonder either, with it’s easy viewing! If you want a short hike or a long hike you can choose to walk up to the bridge or you can do the whole loop hike that goes up to the top. If you prefer to just stay at the bottom you will still get a wonderful full view of the falls! With a restaurant and gift shop you can also enjoy air conditioning and lunch without getting in your car!

 

 

5. Oregon Zoo – This is another popular Portland summer destination. The Oregon Zoo spans 64 acres and features amazing exhibits and animals. They are well known for their elephants as they have an amazing conservation program and strive to provide the best habitat possible for them! They have plans to continually improve guest and animal experience, including updating the polar bear, monkey, and rhino habitats. But none of these plans get in the way of guests getting to enjoy a wide variety of animals and activities now! You can also check out their summer concert schedule and enjoy outdoor concerts in the center of the zoo!

 

6. Forest Park – A beautiful nature paradise in North Portland, Forest Park offers multiple hiking options ranging from simple walks to longer, more difficult hikes. They also have trails which allow horses, mountain bikes, and overnight backpacking trails. Whatever your preference, this is definitely a stop you should check out this summer!

 

 

 

We know this list doesn’t even touch on the vast amount of outdoor options in the Portland/Vancouver area, but it’s a great starting point! Grab some friends, family, or enjoy a day by yourself and enjoy the summer weather. As with anything, Northwest Roof Maintenance encourages you to be safe and smart. Take water, and food, and always let someone know where you’ll be in case something happens to you! Most of all, have fun, enjoy your summer and stay tuned for more ideas of how you can get out and about in Portland/Vancouver!