Hoyt Arboretum

Around mid-March I decided we needed a little mini city adventure. The weather was warm, trees were blooming, and there was an undeniable urge to be outside.

So we headed out to Hoyt Arboretum, on the west side of Portland near Washington Park. It’s system of walking trails allows visitors to completely lose themselves in a collection of well-manicured nature. Follow the Oak trail, the Spruce trail, or the Bristlecone Pine for examples of each namesake. Since it was spring, we chose the Magnolia trail and explored a gorgeous grove of pink and white explosions.

Each tree variety is labeled and it’s fun to see the differences in one species, or identify something I’ve never seen before like the Paw Paw tree. The Hoyt Arboretum friends offer 90 minute guided tours every Saturday starting from April to October. Or you can stop at the visitors’ center for information, maps, and more. It’s also great for families–the website lists a 1-mile stroller friendly route (we off-roaded to get to the magnolias), and older kids can check out the activity pack and trail map just for them.

Bring a blanket and a picnic, and it’s a great adventure– for free!