Oregon Road Trip: Lost our Zeal at the Portland Japanese Garden
Our time on the coast had come to an end. It was too soon in my opinion, but we were scheduled to spend the night in Portland. Off we went to start our city exploration…no matter how exhausted we were.
We left after a late breakfast. An hour and a half later we were in Portland. Traffic was getting backed up as we tried to get downtown to our hotel. We decided to start our sightseeing early. Mike pulled of the road and we headed into Washington Park.
Our first stop was supposed to be the zoo. Parking was so crazy we had to postpone our visit until later in the day.
Dek was not amused by this change of events.
Instead we went to the Portland Japanese Garden. I’m sure Dek’s little brain was thinking “really mom, another garden, haven’t you had enough?”
Actually, I think I had.
The garden was beautiful. It was very well done. It just didn’t leave me jumping for joy or with any fantastic new ideas running around in my head. I don’t want to diminish what they have done; it truly is fantastic. I think I’ve just seen some of the best Japanese gardens in the world at this point. It’s kind of hard to compete with that.
Our travels through Kyoto in May 2011 brought us to the Golden Pavilion and the Silver Pavilion. To this day Mike thinks the Silver Pavilion is the epitome of all Japanese landscape design. It’s kind of hard to argue with him on that one.
So while the feathery Japanese maples danced in dappled sunlight as we stepped over moss-laden rocks and babbling streams in Portland, we just realized we’d had enough. Maybe it was time to take a little break from all of our garden meanderings. Or at least not visit them when we were coming off of almost 2 hours in the car on a very hot day with 2 kids under age 3.
Have you ever burnt out on a specific type of travel or attraction?
Just so you don’t get the wrong impression about the Portland Japanese Garden, and let my garden exhaustion influence your visit, here is a little photo essay highlighting just how beautiful it was. If you are ever in the area, please make sure it is on your list. It is definitely worth the stop.
Know Before You Go
- Portland Japanese Garden, 611 SW Kingston Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97205. Tel: 503.223.1321
- Admissions: $9.50 adult/ $6.75 youth (6-17)/ Children 5 and under are free
- Winter Season (October 1-March 31) Noon- 4pm on Mondays, 10am-4pm Tuesday through Sunday
- Summer Season (April 1- September 30) Noon -7pm on Mondays, 10am-7pm Tuesday through Sunday
- Tours? Guided public tours are offered at no additional charge. They last 45 minutes to one hour.
- Strollers? Pathways can get tricky and there are stairs in parts. Best to leave the stroller at home and stick the baby in a carrier and let little legs walk. The garden isn’t too big for a toddler to tackle.
- Food? Food and drinks are not permitted in the garden.
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written by Keryn Means