Within Washington Park is the Rose Test Garden, the largest in the country. There are over 550 varieties of roses. It's a beautiful place to spend a lazy afternoon just smelling the roses. I absolutely loved the large variety of roses, and even though we were here at the beginning of September there were still many roses still very much in bloom.
There are amazing views of the city skyline, a gaden for that special occassion (we witnessed a wedding here), the Shaksearean Garden and Queen's Walk where each Rose Festival Queen since 1907 has a plaque and a small gift shop.
Entrance is free.
A trip to Portland would not be complete without visiting Washington Park. Located inside the park is the Oregon Zoo, Portland's Children's Museum, Japenese Garden, the Rose Test Garden, World Forestry Center, and the Pittock Mansion to name a few.
You can easily spend a full day exploring the different museums and gardens located in the park. This is an excellent place to bring the kids for a fun filled day. I also noted a fantastic play ground as we were on the bus, couldn't get the exact name, but it was a huge jungle gym.
For the price of an all day Max ticket you can ride a shuttle bus that takes you around the park. The bus is located right outside the Washington Park max station.
If you've got little ones with you, you may like to take a visit to the Oregon Zoo, located in Washington Park. I highly recommend taking MAX to the zoo, getting off at the Washington Park stop. Show your transit ticket to the zoo fare booth and get $.50 off admission. Except on the second Tuesday of every month which is $2 Tuesday (zoo admission is only $2 for every age). Otherwise, zoo admission is $9.50 for adults and $6.50 for kids. $1 per car for parking should you drive.
Expect to pay out more money if you are interested in the zoo train (a 35 minute ride through Washington Park--you don't really see any animals from this train $3 adults, $2.25 for kids) feeding the lorikeets, ($1 for a cup of "nectar") or the Winged Wonders exhibit (butterfly aviary $2 per person, regardless of age). We bought a cup of "nectar" to feed the lorikeets but they weren't really interested in eating because having gone on $2 Tues they had already been fed to extremes. The Butterfly exhibit was totally worth the extra $2. They have butterflies hatching every day.
The zoo is somewhat known for its Asian elephant breeding program and is very concerned with animal conservation. Of course they work hard to enrich and protect the animals at the zoo which is why you will not get a straw or lid with your soda fountain purchase because they want to protect the animals from litter that might harm them.
I really had fun at the zoo. The bat exhibit was really cool and I really enjoyed the penguin feeding. I feel the polar bears need a new exhibit--what they have is too small.
The only thing that bothered me was that I was there with my little cousin and she had a hard time actually viewing some of the exhibits because the railing was often in her way. So, expect to lift kids up or have them look at animals from under the railing.
It's been a number of years since I visited the International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park, but would like to go again this summer, as it is beautiful.
There are 8,000 types of rose bushes in the garden, which covers 5.12 acres. It is open from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The last time I was there was August, when the roses were past their prime though still lovely.
The rose garden was founded in 1917 to help save unique hybrid roses grown in Europe from being destroyed by bombing during World War I.
It's considered the oldest continuing operating rose test garden in the U.S. (out of 24) and is unique in many respects.
There's a garden shop now (opened in 2000, since I was there); much of the garden is maintained by volunteers.
July 4, 2005 -- Well, I drove to Washington Park with the idea of seeing the Rose Gardens yesterday, and my recommendation is not to go there on a sunny Sunday during a holiday weekend (Independence Day) because it was impossible to find a place to park. There was a parking lot closer to the Rose Garden with places, and I think a shuttle, but I left without spending time at the Rose Garden.
Located aboard the old sternwheeler tugboat, Portland, the Oregon Maritime Museum gives one a little of the nautical history and its history to the Rose City. The rivers and the sea have been the lifeblood of the City from its inception. Both banks of the Willamette – where parks and walkways now hold sway – used to bristle with docks, steamboats and sailing ships. This museum and the Columbia River Maritime Museum, downriver in Astoria, are magnificent in their ability to impart the nautical legends of the Northwest.
Pearl District is one of the most visited neighbourhoods of Portland.
With a very special urban feel it is actually old storehouses which have been reconstructed to house restaurants, galleries and new style apartments.
If you like roses at all, then the International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park is definitely a must-see. I had read about an easy-to-grow rose in a magazine just before leaving for our trip - and lo and behold, the test garden had it. It was nice to check out a full-grown version of what I was interested in and find that I actually didn't care for this particular rose.
The rose garden also contains some sculpture art, an amphitheater, Shakespeare garden, and horticultural experts on hand to answer questions. While we were there, a bridal party was having pictures done. There was also a troupe of cyclists and just regular tourists like ourselves. I hope the locals, too, take advantage of the garden. The roses smell beautiful, and of course, you get great views of Portland and the surrounding area.
Upon getting lost in Washington Park, I at one moment thought how horrible it was, then i looked up and was surrounded my nature and breathtaking views into the forests within the park and quickly felt happiness that I got to get lost in such a wonderful place.
So many trails, not enough time! Saw a wedding take place, joggers taking a stroll, families on picnics, and tourists like me wondering around! Worth the trip, just wish I had more time to spend there!!!
Located above the Rose Gardens in Washington Park, Portland's Japanese Garden is one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan. It also boasts one of the best views of Portland and Mt. Hood. The gardens are surrounded by tall evergreen trees and the grounds are covered with lush greenery, elegantly placed stones and carvings, and small ponds and a waterfall. There are several rock gardens and traditional tea rooms. This garden is a very relaxing, beautiful place to visit.
Adult admission is $6.50.
The Portland International Rose Test Garden is the oldest continually open public rose test garden in the United States. It was founded in 1917 and is home to 550 varieties of roses and over 8,000 plantings. It is a lovely place to come for a stroll or picnic, especially so because it has a gorgeous view of the city skyline. In addition to stopping to smell the thousands of roses, highlights of a trip to the garden include a visit to the Shakespearean Garden and a stroll along the Queen's Walk where each Rose Festival Queen since 1907 has a plaque.
There are restrooms and a gift shop at the gardens.
Portland is home to three public rose gardens. Offering a spectacular view of the “City of Roses”, the 4.5-acre International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park is one of the largest and oldest rose test gardens in the country.
See International Rose Test Garden, Chinese Garden, Japanese Garden, Oregon Zoo, Children's Museum, Vietnam Museum, tennis courts, huge park lands, archery range...I can't even remember what is up there - so much to see.
Don't miss it, if you do then you won't get the feel of Portland.
Portland has many beautiful parks in it. One that we like to go to alot is Washington Park. Not only will you find the zoo, japanese gardens, and rose test gardens there, but you'll also find this carousel.
International Rose Test Gardens
The International Rose Test Garden is the reason why Portland is called the City of Roses. Established in 1917 by the American Rose Society, the garden has over 560 varieties of roses. If you love flowers, this is the place for you to visit!