Recreation in Portland

With the wide variety of recreational opportunities available, there's no reason to stay at home in Portland. Visitors and residents can enjoy the extensive park and trail system, bicycling, jogging, boating, skiing, windsurfing, watching professional sports, or just going out and walking the dog for the day.

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The Portland Parks and Recreation system has over 700 parks and recreation facilities, with something for everyone to do, see or learn. The City of Portland's Parks and Recreation Bureau offers many types of classes, as well as an outdoor recreation program. For more information about classes or the city park system, visit their website at The Portland area's regional government, Metro, also manages a system of interconnected natural areas, green spaces, parks, and trails.

Within a day's drive of Portland, there are many favorite outdoor attractions. Skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing are popular at Mt. Hood Meadows and Timberline Lodge. The Oregon Department of Transportation has sixteen Sno-parks in the Mt. Hood area for cross country skiiers. Buy your sno-park permit at local businesses before parking in these winter recreation areas. Some of the best spots for windsurfing are at The Dalles or Hood River, where strong winds whip against the brightly colored sails, pushing boards up and down the river. A trip to the beach is always a good idea, and just drive two hours west to see the sun and sand of the Oregon coast. Three of the most popular northern coastal towns are Cannon Beach, Seaside and Lincoln City.

For more recreation ideas, visit the Recreation and Sports link list or the Attractions and Activities link list. For more information on Oregon cities and towns, on the coast and elewhere, visit the Welcome to Oregon website.