Wilsonville is an ideal destination for families looking to get away this summer. Whether you’re applauding a recent grad or celebrating Father’s Day, these four laid-back trip ideas will connect you to nature. Read on and discover family-friendly things to do in Wilsonville.
Pack a Picnic
Relax over a picnic in Wilsonville for the perfect mix of fresh air and fun. Stay for sunset and bring the barbeque (just be sure it’s gas powered). Add graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate to the shopping list for s’mores over the grill–the unofficial treat of a Wilsonville summer night. Here are a few picnicking spots with playgrounds, walking paths and sports fields to explore afterward.
Boones Ferry Park
Located along the Willamette River, Boones Ferry Park is home to the historic Tauchman House. This park includes river access ideal for non-motorized craft and plenty of shade for a warm summer day. Park the car and follow SW Boones Ferry Road down a short, paved path to launch your kayak–or just take in the view. Enjoy the playground or a basketball game after a stroll on the trails.
Canyon Creek Park
A popular picnic and walking area in Wilsonville, Canyon Creek Park is wide and spacious. If you look out across the manicured lawn, you may even see a herd of deer grazing in the brush.
With an extensive trail system, skate park, disc golf, views of Willamette River, and dozens of athletic fields (including pickleball and sand volleyball), Memorial Park is a go-to in Wilsonville. Bring Fido along to wander the city’s only off-leash dog area.
Town Center Park
A bustling community hub, Town Center Park is in the heart of the Wilsonville’s commercial district. Spanning 5 acres and home to the Oregon Korean War Memorial, views of Mt. Hood are visible on a clear day. Summertime visitors can look forward to splashing in the water feature and free concerts July through August.
Bring Your Bike
Whether you’re a seasoned family of cyclists or casual enthusiasts, there are multiple ways to appreciate Wilsonville on two wheels. With scenic rides along backroads to leisurely tours through parks and natural areas, choose a trail to suit your mood.
Ice Age Tonquin Trail
At the crossroads of ancient history and modern family fun, the Ice Age Tonquin Trail attributes its unique landscape to massive floods thousands of years ago. Featuring three miles of paved trail with lots to learn along the way, there’s no biking path more family friendly than this one.
Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway
As the first official scenic bikeway in the U.S., the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway is a better option for skilled cyclists. For the first stretch of the route you’ll pedal your way through vineyards, hop fields and the Champoeg State Heritage Area.
Camp in Nature
Camping is a great way to unplug with family in Wilsonville. Fun and affordable, sometimes a warm sleeping bag and fresh air is all you need for a good snooze under the stars.
With fishing, cycling paths, hiking trails, local history and disc golf, there’s lots to explore when you pitch a tent at Champoeg State Heritage Area. Yurts and cabins are also an option for those who like creature comforts. The best part? They’re pet friendly!
Comfortable RV sites with full hookups and spacious paved pads welcome road warriors at Sun Outdoors Portland South. Camping here means access to resort amenities like an indoor pool, hot tub, fitness room and covered fire pit.
Take a Hike
Parks and natural areas throughout Wilsonville feature an abundance of hiking trails well suited for varying levels of endurance. Many of the trail systems include playgrounds and picnic areas to break up the journey, but you can also rely on parking lots and restrooms wherever you go.
Boasting over 250 acres of restored oak woodland, a conifer forest and wetland prime for birding, a visit to Graham Oaks Nature Park is always an adventure. Watch for native wildlife such as white-breasted nuthatches, western bluebirds, orange-crowned warblers and western gray squirrels.
Tualatin River Greenway Trail
Meandering over 4.6 miles through forests and wetlands, this accessible, 12-foot wide path makes Tualatin River Greenway Trail a great option for those looking to opt outside with ease. Running adjacent to the Tualatin River, the soft sound of water and beautiful viewpoints with interpretive signs along the way will guide you on a “walk through time.”
For more trip inspiration, check out Wilsonville’s family fun itinerary. The longer you stay, the more fun you’ll have–so why not stay awhile? Wilsonville offers hotels, vacation rentals, camping and lodging of all kinds. Cheers to family time the Wilsonville way.