Lan Su Chinese Garden

#4 in Best Things To Do in Portland, OR
Lan Su Chinese Garden picture
Lan Su Chinese Garden
1 of 2
JonathanCohen/Getty Images

Key Info

239 NW Everett St.

Price & Hours

$10 for adults; $9 for seniors; $7 for ages 6-18 and students; free for kids 5 and younger
Hours vary seasonally

Details

Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.3scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Occupying an entire city block, the Lan Su Chinese Garden is among some of the only authentic Chinese gardens in the country. Modeled after China's Ming dynasty gardens, the Lan Su Chinese Garden aims at being a place where people can escape the hustle of everyday life and connect with nature. In addition to featuring plants and trees native to China as well as an 8,000 square feet lake, the garden also hosts a variety of Chinese cultural events, ranging from tai chi to tea tastings.

Many recent visitors said that despite the long lines, the gardens were a highlight of their trip to Portland, describing the space as "tranquil," "stunning" and an "urban oasis." They also highly recommended taking the guided tour, saying it added context to the beautiful and serene setting. Tours are included in the admission price and offered daily at noon and 1 p.m.

Nestled in Portland's Old Town/Chinatown district – just north of the downtown area – the Lan Su Chinese Gardens opens its doors to the public every day at 10 a.m. From mid-October to mid-March it closes at 4 p.m.; from mid-March to mid-October it remains open until 7 p.m. Admission costs $10 for adults, $7 for kids ages 6 to 18 and is free for kids 5 and younger. Family passes for two adults and two children are available for $28. Two MAX stations are within walking distance of the garden and several bus lines, including 1, 4, 5, 8, 10, 16, 33, 40 and 77 stop near the garden. For more information, visit the garden's website.

See all Hotels in Portland, OR »

More Best Things To Do in Portland, OR

Washington Park
International Rose Test Garden
Type
Time to Spend
1 of 14
#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. 

Read more
Courtesy Explore Washington Park
See full list of Best Things To Do in Portland, OR »

Explore More of Portland, OR

Recommended

The 6 Best New York City Bus Tours

Let a trained driver worry about the traffic while you enjoy the Big Apple's best sights.

Holly JohnsonMay 24, 2019

12 Top Texas Wineries to Visit

From the Texas Hill Country to the Texas High Plains, the Lone Star State offers top-notch wineries for oenophiles.

Kyle McCarthyMay 23, 2019

The 7 Best San Francisco Bus Tours

Visit the top attractions in this hilly city without breaking a sweat.

Lyn MettlerMay 22, 2019

The 15 Best Washington, D.C., Tours

The nation's capital has more to offer than free museums and tons of history.

Kim Foley MacKinnonMay 22, 2019

10 Amazing Montana Vacations

Breathtaking landscapes and year-round outdoor adventures will inspire you to visit Big Sky Country.

Gwen PratesiMay 20, 2019

The 13 Best Savannah Tours

Experience real southern hospitality when visiting Savannah with these top tours.

John RodwanMay 16, 2019

The 15 Best Boston Tours

Get to know one of America's most historic cities with these tours.

Kim Foley MacKinnonMay 14, 2019

The 18 Best New Orleans Tours

With so much to see and do in New Orleans, these tours will help you maximize your time in the Big Easy.

Claire LawtonMay 10, 2019

The 7 Best Chicago Boat Tours

These low-key tours offer unique views of a city famed for its skyline.

Holly JohnsonMay 9, 2019

30 Cheap Weekend Getaways in the USA

From beach destinations to amusement parks, these vacations are perfect for an affordable and quick trip.

Holly JohnsonMay 9, 2019