Hoyt Arboretum

#15 in Best Things To Do in Portland, OR
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Key Info

4000 SW Fairview Blvd.

Price & Hours

5 a.m.-10 p.m. daily


Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend


  • 5.0Value
  • 2.0Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

Founded in 1928, the 189-acre arboretum features 172 different tree families and 6,000 individual trees. The species represented originate from countries all over the world including Chile, Afghanistan, Germany, India and Algeria. Visitors can either explore the arboretum on their own via the park's 12 miles of trails or take a guided tour. Travelers with children will want to check out the family-friendly activities like guided bird walks and nature activities, the latter of which is part professionally-lead and part self-guided.

Past visitors raved about the arboretum and many expressed their surprise that such a tranquil place exists within city limits. Travelers also encouraged future tourists to take their time when exploring the trails and advised planning a trip around one of the arboretum's guided walks.

The Hoyt Arboretum is open daily year-round from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. and is free for all visitors. The visitor center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, except on weekends when it opens at 10 a.m. Guided tours have varying schedules and a donation of $3 per person is suggested. The arboretum is located within Washington Square Park, southwest of the Portland Japanese Garden and north of the zoo. Parking, which is limited, costs $2 per hour or $8 for the day. Visitors should opt to either ride their bikes to the arboretum or take the MAX Blue line to the Washington Park stop. Visit the arboretum's official website for more information.

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Time to Spend
#1 Washington Park

Many critics, travelers and locals agree that of all of Portland's parks (and they are numerous), Washington Park is perhaps the best. Home to such notable landscaping feats as the Portland Japanese Garden and the International Rose Test Garden, as well as the World Forestry Center, Hoyt Arboretum and several memorials dedicated to pivotal points in Oregon's history. 

There are also family-friendly attractions like the Oregon Zoo and Portland Children's Museum along with a large playground, soccer fields, tennis courts and an archery range. Just make sure you save plenty of time for a leisurely stroll down one of the many shady paths, which are often decorated with flower displays and fountains. 

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