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Outdoor Summer Activities in Oregon


Summer in Oregon is beautiful. The weather is perfect, the sun is shining, and the fresh air feels so good. Exercise doesn't have to involve just going to the gym... there are so many other activities that can help you get your exercise in, especially in the summertime. It is important to take advantage of your time outdoors when it is dry in the Pacific Northwest so below are a few favorite outdoor activities to do in Oregon during the summer months.


1. Kayaking

This activity is perfect if you want to enjoy a day on the water. It can be relaxing and fun. There are so many wonderful places around Oregon where you can rent kayaks for a couple of hours or even a whole day!


-Cook Park on the Tualatin River

-Scappoose Bay Paddling Center


If you already own a kayak and are just looking for a new place to explore check out the locations below:


-Rood Bridge Boat Launch off the Tualatin River

-Rodgers Landing Country Park and Boat Launch off the Columbia River


2. Farmers Market

Farmers Markets are a popular Saturday outing during the Oregon summers. Support your local businesses by purchasing things like fresh produce, beautiful bouquets of flowers, or homemade jewelry. Check out the farmers markets below that might be in your area.

-Newberg Farmers Market (Wednesdays 1pm-6pm)

-Dundee Farmers Market (Sundays 10am-3pm)

-McMinnville Farmers Market (Thursdays 12pm-6pm)

-Sherwood Saturday Market (Saturdays 9am-1pm)

-Portland Saturday Market (Saturdays 10am-5pm & Sundays 11am-4:30pm)

-Hillsboro Farmers Market Downtown (8am-1pm)

-Beaverton Farmers Market (Saturday 8am-1:30pm)



3. Picnics

Picnics are a great outdoor activity because it is easy to do with the whole family. Find a park near you, pack your lunch, and have fun! I always enjoy bringing a football or

frisbee, along with a deck of cards.


4. Hikes

If you live in the Pacific Northwest chances are you have probably been on a hike at least once or twice. There are so many amazing hikes to do in Oregon. Hikes are a great way to get your blood pumping and your energy up! If you haven't already, try out these hikes listed below.

-Silver Falls State Park

-Mirror Lake Loop Trail

-Tamolitch Falls (Blue Pool)

-Saddle Mountain



5. Tilikum Crossing

If you live in the Portland Metro Area you know that 4 years ago the Tilikum Crossing Bridge was opened for pedestrian traffic only. It has become a main attraction to many on the dry summer days. The bridge is not open to motor vehicles other than the


Portland Max. It's main purpose is to allow foot and bike traffic only and provide a great view of the city. It's boardwalk features a couple eateries so when you finish walking the bridge, food is not too far away.


Stay well,

By: Elise Pelot

Voda Integrative Medical Clinic Intern

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