PDX Parent Picks: Family Travel & Destinations


Winner: Sunriver Resort
Central Oregon


Sprawling, sun-drenched Sunriver has something for everyone, whether it’s aquatic mayhem at its massive pools or miles of bike trails or proximity to some of Central Oregon’s greatest-hit hiking trails. No wonder our readers love it so.

Top 5

Black Butte Ranch and Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat (tie)

Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, Wash.

Kah-Nee-Ta Resort & Spa


Skamania Lodge and Timberline Lodge (tie)


Winner: Oxbow Regional Park

Recipe for a great day out at Oxbow Park: Bring a tube. Get there early and snag parking down by the boat ramp. Don’t forget the buckets and shovels. Spread out your towel, dip your toes in the water, float on your back and look up at the trees. Repeat. Ahhh.

Top 5

Blue Lake Regional Park

George Rogers Park

Lewisville Regional Park

Vancouver Lake Regional Park

Walton Beach at Sauvie Island


Winner: Cannon Beach / Seaside / Manzanita

So who cares if you can’t swim without a wetsuit? The closest stretch of coast to the Portland metro area has starfish and anemones galore, miles of never-too-crowded sand on which to frolic, and enough clam chowder to fill everyone’s bellies.

Top 5

Bend / Redmond / Sisters

Columbia River Gorge/ Hood River / Stevenson, Wash.

Lincoln City / Newport

Mount Hood / Government Camp

Tillamook / Oceanside / Pacific City


Winner: Mount Hood Adventure Park at Skibowl

Of course, winter is magic on Mount Hood. But there’s plenty of summer fun to be had at Skibowl too, thanks to the resort’s tricked-out adventure park, which features everything from a giant maze to ziplines to a summer tubing hill.

Top 5

iFly Indoor Skydiving

Lumberyard Indoor Bike Park

North Clackamas Aquatic Park

Tree to Tree Adventure Park

Willamette Jetboat Excursions

>>Parent Time<<


Winner: Living RooTheaters
341 SW Tenth Avenue

The last thing you want to do after you’ve actually been able to head out for a date night is spend a bunch of time planning. Who has time for that? That’s probably why you chose Living Room Theaters as your top pick for date night adventures — you can get a cocktail, eat dinner and see a movie all in one spot. Bam, date night planned.

Top 5

Distillery Row

OMSI After Dark

Portland Art Museum

Portland First Thursday in the Pearl

Portland Urban Wine Tours


Winner: Voicebox Karaoke
Two locations in Portland: 734 SE 6th Ave. and 2112 NW Hoyt

Voicebox Karaoke lets patrons get a little silly in the privacy of their own room — so if you and your friends only want to belt out Backstreet Boys songs all night, it’s all good. In addition to the requisite Jello shots, they also serve sandwiches, shareable appetizers and a full bar of beer, wine, saké and cocktail options. And while Voicebox is all about fun, we love that they strive to take care of their employees with a 3 percent charge going to cover employee health and dental insurance.

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