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The Best Playgrounds in Portland

Published Apr 16, 2019 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

Looking for a fun place to bring your children for some fun in the sun? Look no further than these Portland playground hot spots. From toddler to preteen, this list has something to match your needs.

Washington Park's Playground

Address: 1715 SW Skyline Blvd

Portland, OR 97221

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Located near the Japanese Garden Washington Park's Playground is open every day from 5:00 am – 10:00 pm, but your children will never want to leave. Why you might ask? Because this park features the largest play structure in Portland. Your children will love the small sand pit and the numerous features to climb. Once they're done climbing and exploring your children will soar to new adventures on the two swing sets.

This park is most ideal for children between 2 and 5, but everyone will enjoy their time here.

BONUS: the zoo, children's museum, and World Forestry Center are all just a short walk away. Why not turn your trip to Washington Park's Playground into an all-day exploration?

Sellwood Park

Address: 7900 SE 7th Ave

Portland, OR 97202

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Located where the City View Racetrack used to be this park features everything a child could want and more. Opened from 5:00 am to midnight, there simply are not enough hours in the day to enjoy all Sellwood Park has to offer.

There is a traditional style play structure in the middle of a gorgeous clearing in the trees where your children can climb, slide, jump, and swing to their hearts content. Sellwood Park also offers up facilities for baseball, basketball, football, tennis, soccer, and softball meaning every child will find something to do. There are even horseshoe pits. Really, this place has everything! Given all the offerings, Sellwood Park is ideal for children of all ages.

Dickinson Park

Address: SW 55th Ave and Alfred Court

Portland, OR 97219

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When you're looking to bring your children somewhere out of the ordinary, Dickinson Park is the place to go. Dicksinson Park is open every day from 5:00 am to midnight. It looks like an abstract painting turned playground and it's sure to please even the pickiest play connoisseur.

What this park lacks in slides and swings, it makes up for in cool things to climb. From a tunnel of rings to a ten-foot tall net wall perfect for your little monkeys to climb!

This park is best for children who like to climb, and probably isn't the best choice for toddlers. Also note, there's not a bathroom nearby so take your potty break ahead of time.

The Chelsea Anderson Playstation

Address: 1015 E. McLoughlin Blvd

Vancouver, WA 98668

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Perhaps one of the most interesting and fun parks in the Portland area, The Chelsea Anderson Playstation is every budding fire fighters dream playground. Open every day from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm your children won't be able to get enough of this amazing play structure.

Designed with a fire station in mind, your children will love everything about this park. There are firefighter poles, climbable chain links, a child-size zip line, eight slides, and a track sliding bar. Oh yeah, and did we mention the mock fire truck that lets children be fire engine drivers? As if that wasn't good enough there's also a natural play area close by with loads of swings and slides for children enjoy. This playground is ideal for children of all ages.

Peninsula Park

Address: 700 N Rosa Parks Way

Portland, OR 97217

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Situated near the gorgeous Peninsula Park Rose Garden and open from 5:00 am to midnight, Peninsula Park is sure to excite both you and your children. The playground comes full of number of things for your children to climb over or through, spin on, and slide down. There are also a number of amenities like horseshoe pits and fields for a number of sports. Additionally, the picnic shelter is the perfect place to have a family outing. This park is ideal for children of all ages.

BONUS: Peninsula Park also has the splash pad. This installment will be open the Friday before Memorial Day through the end of September, from 11:00 am until 9:00 pm. Take your children to the splash pad for an escape from the heat and to enjoy some time in the water.

Bethany Meadows Park

Address: 16145 NW Spartan Way

Portland, OR 97229

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Known around town as the "Pirate Ship Park," every little pirate is sure to find their share of treasured memories here. Open from dawn to dusk, your children will sail the open seas for all hours of the day. Inside the massive, ship-shaped play structure your children can imagine themselves steering a pirate ship. There are a number of things for kids to climb on, and raised stepping stones so your children can play a round of "the floor is lava."

In addition to the larger area, there is a toddler-friendly play area where your little ones can have some fun, in addition to the deep sandbox that is slightly secluded from the rest of the playground. This park is ideal for children of all ages as well.

Looking for other cool things to do with your kids in Portland? Check out our Events section for free community events & festivals! 

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