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Hoyt Arboretum

4000 SW Fairview Blvd, Portland, OR 97221

open weekdays from 9 am – 4 pm and weekends from 10 am – 4 pm


hike, outdoor-adventures

Hoyt Arboretum is the perfect place to get away for a good hike!

Located in Washington Park, Hoyt Arboretum is minutes from downtown, literally walking distance from Nob Hill! So if you have a busy day planned, exploring the city, heading to Hoyt Arboretum is a very doable way to spend time in nature!

Hoyt Arboretum is a museum of living trees. With 12 miles of hiking to explore and over 2,000 species of trees and shrubs, you and your littles will have a great time exploring! On a sunny day, I love to head southwest (from the parking lot) towards the big hill to explore all the trails weaving around the hill. It offers the most sun exposure and just feels good for the soul! The big hill is also a great spot for a picnic! If you head northwest you will come across a beautiful A-frame picnic shelter with tables. From there you can head to the bamboo garden and several trailheads. Hoyt Arboretum is the perfect spot to build your toddlers' hiking stamina as there are many intertwined trails and lots of plants and wildlife to keep them distracted! 

Hoyt Arboretum is located in Washington Park so if you want to make a day out of it you definitely can! The arboretum is open daily from 5 am to 10 pm. You can check out the Rose Garden, Washington Park Playground, or Oregon Zoo. Hoyt Arboretum is a close drive to Nob Hill in Portland, home to Salt and Straw and Sante Fe Taqueria if you are feeling hungry! 


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Emily Coleman
Emily Coleman is a Jersey girl born and raised who caught the outdoor bug upon moving to Vermont to pursue a degree in Adventure Education and Environmental Studies from Green Mountain College. She spent most of her years before college deeply entrenched in the world of competitive cheerleading before discovering a passion for outdoor sports including mountain biking, white water kayaking, bikepacking, backpacking, slacklining, rock climbing, and skiing. Having been surrounded by children her entire life in her mother's daycare, she always had a strong affinity for kids. She moved to the mountains of Jackson Hole after graduating to coach for the local Kayak Club during the summers and nanny in the winters. Becoming a part of the Happy Active Family team felt like the perfect collision of her passion for building strong community bonds and encouraging an outdoor lifestyle.
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