Got a kiddo who loves rocks and all things rock related? Here are the top five places around the Portland-area to explore with your budding rockhound.
This is the place to go to if you’re a rockhound. Located in Hillsboro, the museum (pictured top right) boasts a world-class collection of not only rocks and minerals, but also gemstones, fossils, meteorites and lapidary art. Even better: Children ages 5 and under are free and youth admission is $8. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Located in West Linn along the Willamette River, the river’s shores are littered with smooth rocks and pebbles like quartz, agate and even jasper and petrified wood. Pro Tip: Got a birder in the family? This park is also great for bird watching.
About an eight-minute drive north from Mary S. Young Park is another solid rockhounding spot. This 28-acre park — also a great summertime swimming spot — is home to large lava chunks lining the beach. The glassy obsidian not only looks cool, but is a great jumping off point to learn about the geology of the area.
This East Portland gem shop opened in 2018, after owner Lori Livingston’s personal collection grew too big. Today, Livingstone Rocks has rocks, minerals, gemstones and more in an easy-to-explore layout. 1220 SE Grand Ave., 503-926-1850.
The whole of the Oregon Coast is prime real estate for rockhounding and beach combing. But for families looking to stick closer to Portland, Rockaway Beach is a great place to find beach-tumbled agates and jasper. The long stretch of beach makes for fun treasure hunting, and a great way to tire everyone out.
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