Fall Colors at the Portland Japanese Garden

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Autumn has descended upon the city of roses, and it’s time to celebrate one of the Pacific Northwest’s finest seasons. It’s time for brisk air, football, pumpkin lattes, fall markets, and of course, time to get out and enjoy those changing colors. Topping pretty much every list for best places to view fall color is the Portland Japanese Garden. October and November are perhaps the most breathtaking months of the year to see the Garden, when a multitude of native and Japanese trees put on a stunning fall color display.

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Whether you visit with your sweetie for a romantic walk, journey alone for some peaceful meditation, or bring the family for a day of adventuring, the Japanese Garden is one of the most unique places to spend an afternoon. Kiddos are even provided with a special map of the Garden’s five distinct areas. There are a number of small statues and landmarks listed throughout the area to find while they explore. The objects range from easy to difficult to spot, though all can be found from the main trail.

Visit the Garden’s Hours & Admission page to check current pricing and hours of operation.

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Accessibility by bus:

Monday through Friday only:

Daily service, if you don’t mind walking about a mile:

For easy trip planning assistance, visit TriMet.org and enter your starting location and the Garden’s address (611 SW Kingston Ave.) for a detailed trip itinerary.

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Portland Japanese Garden

611 SW Kingston Ave., Portland, OR 97205 503-223-1321

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Article by Adam Sawyer and Stephanie Paris

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Beat the Heat: Cool off in Portland’s Interactive Fountains

Whether you’re a parent or a caretaker, one of the perks of caring for children is that you get to play. We end up doing things that we most likely never would have done otherwise, not because they’re not fun things to do, but because our grownup minds don’t as often think of them… until we find ourselves in situations like needing to quell our rosy-cheeked children when their own valiant efforts to tolerate the apathetic summer heat are not enough. Portland my be rainy and cloudy 9 month out of the year, but when it’s summer, boy, it’s summer! And one of the greatest ways to beat the heat is by getting wet.

Portland is known for its remarkable fountains. Lucky for us, many of them are interactive, meaning you can join the spritzing, sprinkling fountains with your own splashing and frolicking.

Some safety tips to keep in mind: don’t drink the water (it is often recycled for conservation purposes), keep a watchful eye on your children, and be cautious of slippery surfaces.

Whether you have children or not, get yourself out into one of Portland’s many interactive fountains. Chances are you may not have had this much fun playing in water since you were a child in your own backyard sprinkler.

SW Portland

Salmon Street Springs

Location: Waterfront Park , SW Naito Parkway at SW Salmon St

Hours: 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM spring/summer/fall

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Ira Keller Forecourt Fountain

Location:  Keller Fountain Park, SW 3rd Ave & SW Clay St

Hours: 5:00 AM – 9:00 PM spring/summer/fall

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Teachers Fountain

Location: Director Park, SW Yamhill St & SW Park Ave

Hours: Typically 9:00 AM-10:00 PM, Check events schedule for closures: Director Park calendar

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Bill Naito Legacy Fountain

Location: Waterfront Park, Burnside Bridge & SW Naito Parkway

Hours: All hours, except Fridays from 3:00-11:00 AM, upper fountain is turned off during Saturday Market hours

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SE Portland

The Rose Petal

Location: Stark Street Island Park, SE 106th Ave & Stark St

Hours: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM spring/summer/fall

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North Portland

Peninsula Park Rose Garden Fountain

Location: Peninsula Park Rose Garden, N Albina Ave & N Ainsworth St

Hours: 5:00 AM – 10:00 PM spring/summer/fall

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McCoy Fountain

Location: McCoy Park, N Trenton & N Newman Ave

Hours: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM spring/summer/fall

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NE Portland

Holladay Park

Location: Holladay Park, NE 11th Ave & NE Multnomah St

Hours: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM spring/summer/fall

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NW Portland

Jamison Square Fountain

Location: Jamison Square, between NW Kearney St & Johnson St, and NW 10th & 11th Aves

Hours: 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM spring/summer/fall

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