Gresham is a city in Multnomah County, Oregon, just east of Portland. Located between the Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Hood, Gresham is a charming place with a historic downtown, 17 parks and famous Mt. Hood Jazz Festival. Located within the Main City Park is Gresham Japanese Garden, a peaceful oasis with lush greenery, a stream and benches. Hogan Butte Nature Park is sitting on top of Hogan Butte, offering magnificent views of the city and surrounding mountains. Nadaka Nature Park is known for its new naturalistic kids’ park and 46-mile Nadaka Loop Trail. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Some restaurants are currently offering pickup only. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Gresham Japanese Garden
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As you cross the beautiful arching bridge to Tsuru Island, you will enter Gresham Japanese Garden, a magical place where on just 3/4 of an acre you can find a lush, rich world like no other. Located in Main City Park in Gresham, Oregon, Gresham Japanese Garden is four decades old and filled with evergreens, colorful azaleas, verdant ground covers, growing on an island created by Johnson Creek, within the larger 21-acre Main City Park. Take an irregular stone path by the shallow stream, sit on one of many benches and breathe the sense of peace the garden exudes. If you are more scientifically inclined, download the pdf of “Jim’s Garden Notes’ with the description of the garden from 26 different viewpoints, with information on plants and everything else you are seeing.
124 S Main Ave, Gresham, OR 97030, Phone: 503-969-4386
2.Hogan Butte Nature Park, Gresham, Oregon
Hogan Butte Nature Park is the newest park in Gresham, Oregon, sitting on 46 acres on top of Hogan Butte in the Butte Neighborhood. At the top, at elevation of 930 feet, a famous "Volcanic Viewpoint" offers a panoramic view of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, the Columbia River Gorge and the entire city of Gresham. There is a half-mile long paved interpretive loop trail and a pleasant picnic area with views of the forest. There are a few picnic shelters and tables with benches and educational signs along the trail. Hogan Butte is a 930-foot inactive volcanic vent and part of the large Boring Lava Field with Mount Tabor, Powell Butte, Beacon Rock and about 80 other small volcanic features.
757 SE Gabbert Rd, Gresham, OR 97080, Phone: 503-618-2300
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3.Nadaka Nature Park, Gresham, Oregon
Nadaka Nature Park is a 10-acre wooded park in the Rockwood Neighborhood of Gresham, Oregon. The park has a playground, community garden, covered picnic area and pleasant nature trail. The property for the park was acquired from the Camp Fire Girl organization in 1995. The park also features a soft-surfaced, 46-mile Nadaka Loop Trail and a fascinating nature-based play area for children. The park was established in April 2015. The park features frequent free community events, nature walks, bird walks, and clean-ups. take place frequently in Nadaka Nature Park. The Nadaka Gardens has 58 framed plots in its community garden.
17615 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97230, Phone: 503-956-8558
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4.Zimmerman House Museum and Gardens
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The Historic Zimmerman House Museum is a turn-of-the-century farmhouse located Northwest Gresham, Oregon. The farmhouse is located on 5.98 acres, on a piece of land left from the original dairy farmstead that at one time occupied 600 acres of reclaimed land along the Columbia River. In 1869 the farm was bought by Jacob and Lena Zimmerman. The Zimmerman family lived in the house and worked the farm until 1992. The farm and the house were deeded to the organization ECHO to be developed as a historic house museum. In 1994 the land was donated to the City of Gresham for the creation of a community park. The house is filled with thousands of original artifacts belonging to the Zimmerman family
17111 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97230, Phone: 503-618-0946
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5.Nicholas Restaurant, Gresham, Oregon
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Nicholas Restaurant is an unpretentious eatery in Gresham, Oregon, that specializes in authentic Lebanese & Mediterranean cuisine. The place is small and cozy, with warm-colored walls and decorated with original art and photographs. The restaurant is very popular with the locals and gets very busy at times. The menu includes many options for vegans and vegetarians. There are gluten-free options to choose from as well. The restaurant works with local farmers to ensure fresh, locally sourced produce. The menu is extensive, with bowls, sandwiches, salads, soups and plates bursting with flavors and colors. Nicholas has a small but nice selection of beers and wines besides teas, coffees and juices.
323 N Main Ave, Gresham, OR 97030, Phone: 503-666-3333
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6.Dea's In & Out, Gresham, Oregon
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Dea’s In and Out is a spacious nostalgic diner in Gresham, Oregon, with vinyl seats and banquettes and formica tables, serving traditional comfort food, ice cream drinks, excellent coffee and drinks from a full bar. This family-owned and operated eatery is Gresham’s icon, a popular spot for a power breakfast, lunch with clients or friends or a full dinner with giant steaks. Some of the most popular dishes are Philly Cheese Steak and Grilled Chicken Club. Or just go for the burger, they are considered the best in Gresham. They are very proud of their espresso bar, which uses a special blend of coffee for a range of trendy coffee drinks
755 NE Burnside Rd, Gresham, OR 97030, Phone: 503-665-3439
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7.Original Roadhouse Grill, Gresham, Oregon
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Original Roadhouse Grill is a chain of casual, family steakhouse restaurants serving delicious hand-cut mesquite grilled steaks, succulent barbecue ribs and fresh baked rolls. Or you can enjoy one of their freshly ground steak burgers or a nice selection from their bison menu. To start with, try their Texas Egg Rolls or buffalo wings. The Saloon serves full range of cocktails and other drinks. The vintage jukebox is their signature item and so are peanut shells on the floor. Each table gets a bucket of peanuts and throwing shells on the floor is encouraged. Their Gresham location is spacious and warm, with family-friendly atmosphere, large menu of everyone’s favorites, incredible steaks and cold drinks.
2370 SE Burnside Rd, Gresham, OR 97080, Phone: 503-666-2624
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7 Best Things to Do in Gresham, Oregon
- Gresham Japanese Garden, Photo: David Gn/stock.adobe.com
- Hogan Butte Nature Park, Gresham, Oregon, Photo: MarinoDenisenko/stock.adobe.com
- Nadaka Nature Park, Gresham, Oregon, Photo: thithawat/stock.adobe.com
- Zimmerman House Museum and Gardens, Photo: Zimmerman House Museum and Gardens
- Nicholas Restaurant, Gresham, Oregon, Photo: Nicholas Restaurant
- Dea's In & Out, Gresham, Oregon, Photo: Dea's In & Out
- Original Roadhouse Grill, Gresham, Oregon, Photo: Original Roadhouse Grill
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