Lying in the Tualatin Valley on the west side of the Portland metropolitan area, Hillsboro is the fifth-largest city in Oregon and is packed with things to see and do from outdoor activities to museums, art galleries, and recreational parks. One of the United States’ most geographically diverse states, Oregon boasts beautiful, rugged coastlines, towering mountains, deep forested valleys, dense woodlands, and arid desertscapes. The region is also home to numerous rivers, streams, waterways, and lakes, with some of the deepest, most extensive, clearest, and most spectacular lakes and reservoirs in the country. So whether you prefer to explore museums and browse art galleries, enjoy award-winning cuisine, or head into the great big yonder, here are a few things to do in and around Hillsboro.
Located in the community of Helvetia just north of Hillsboro, Roloff Farms is a family-friendly farm that offers a wide variety of fun activities for the whole family. The farm, which has often been featured on the TV reality series “Little People, Big World” and showcases the antics and adventures of the Roloff family, is open for the public to enjoy. The farm has a utopian playland with several unique structures to entertain children of all ages, and during pumpkin season offers a wide range of fun activities such as a Pumpkin Patch, wagon tours, pony rides, face painting, a pumpkin funhouse, a gift barn and food carts serving all kinds of all-American fare.
23985 NW Grossen Dr, Hillsboro, OR 97124, Phone: 503-647-2899
2.Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals
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Located on the northern edge of Hillsboro, the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals is an earth science museum dedicated to rocks and minerals and other earth-related topics. Opened in 1997, the museum is housed in a 7,500 square foot home built to display its fascinating collection of minerals and rocks, which dates back to the 1930s and is surrounded by 23 acres of beautiful wooded gardens and grounds. The museum’s collection boasts over 20,000 specimens and features a variety of fossils, petrified wood, meteorites, fluorescent minerals, zeolites, and other minerals. The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals museum is the largest of its kind in the Pacific Northwest.
26385 NW Groveland Dr, Hillsboro, OR 97124, Phone: 503-647-2418
3.Rood Bridge Park
Rood Bridge Park is a 59-acre community park that provides a wealth of recreation and outdoor activities for locals and visitors alike. The park features several soft-surface pathways winding through lovely wooded areas and wetlands around the Tualatin River wetlands, along with plenty of shaded picnic areas with tables and benches, and large lawns for playing and relaxing on. Activities and amenities in the park include tennis courts, children’s playground, a beautiful rhododendron garden, tranquil ponds which attract plenty of birdlife, modern restrooms, and drinking fountains.
4000 SE Rood Bridge Rd, Hillsboro, OR 97123
4.Oregon International Air Show
The Oregon International Air Show is an annual three-day event held at the Hillsboro Airport in Hillsboro in September that draws over 65,000 people. The show is the largest civilian air show on the West Coast of the United States and features everything aeronautic from actual planes to equipment, engines, and more. The event showcases ultralight powered paragliders, engine monitoring equipment, avionics Plug-n-Play instrument panels, propellers, certified home-built aircraft supplies, and more, as well as a wealth of experts in the field of aviation who are on hand to share their expertise and knowledge. Displays at the air show include aerobatic demonstrations and static displays on the ground, featuring a range of aircraft.
McMinnville Municipal Airport, 4000 SE Cirrus Ave, McMinnville, OR 97128, Phone: 503-629-0706, Hillsboro
5.Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve
The Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve is a 635-acre wildlife preserve situated within the city limits of Hillsboro that offers fantastic outdoor opportunities such as hiking, bird and wildlife watching. The preserve is home to over 150 species of birds, including herons and bald eagles, and it attracts a plethora of waterfowl in the fall and winter, such as northern pintail ducks, and cackling geese. The preserve is also home to several hiking trails that begin in the parking lot and wind through the wetlands, with a seasonal trailhead at the north viewing area. Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve has a Nature Center that offers educational programs and workshops for visitors of all ages.
2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy, Hillsboro, OR 97123
6.Ron Tonkin Field
Located in the Gordon Faber Recreation Complex, the Ron Tonkin Field, formerly known as the Hillsboro Ballpark, is a baseball park in Hillsboro that is home to the Hillsboro Hops of the Class A short season Northwest League. The 4,500-seat stadium hosts the only professional baseball team in the Portland metropolitan area and, when not used by the baseball team is used for other sports such as lacrosse and soccer. The Ron Tonkin Field has a 14-row deep covered grandstand, standing room, and a beer garden, the Bridgeport Brew Pen, which is located at the end of the first baseline.
4460 NE Century Blvd, Hillsboro, OR 97124, Phone: 503-640-0887
7.Smith Berry Barn
Smith Berry Barn is a 30-acre family-owned working farm that grows over 20 varieties of berries, ranging from blueberries, blackberries, boysenberries, and loganberries to Marionberries, tayberries, raspberries, and strawberries. The farm also has a five-acre apple orchard that produces over 20 varieties of antique and modern apples, as well as lots of specialty products such as gourmet squash and pumpkins, salads, fresh herbs, heirloom tomatoes, and peppers. The farm has an on-site nursery that sells a selection of fruit trees, berry plants and organic vegetable starts, two seed labels, and custom-designed hanging flower baskets, as well as organic garden care products. Other facilities include a gourmet gift shop that sells raw honey, preserves, and customized gift baskets, and an espresso bar that serves freshly brewed coffee and milkshakes.
24500 SW Scholls Ferry Rd, Hillsboro, OR 97123, Phone: 503-628-2172
8.Orenco Woods Nature Park
Orenco Woods Nature Park is a recreational park in the Orenco neighborhood that spans 42 acres and is bordered by the tracks for the MAX Blue Line at the north and Cornelius Pass Road in the east. Formerly the nine-hole Orenco Woods Golf Course, the park is bisected by Rock Creek and features a variety of amenities, including a nature-themed play area, a picnic shelter, two bridges, and modern restrooms. The historic Malcolm McDonald House, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is also based in the park.
7100 Northeast Birch Street, Hillsboro, OR 97124, Phone: 503-681-6120
9.Oak Knoll Winery
Oak Knoll Winery is a privately owned and operated winery in the Tualatin Valley that produces a variety of award-winning small-batch wines, including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Gris. Established in 1970 and the largest winery in Washington County, Oak Knoll Winery is based on the grounds of a dairy farm and features several historic 1900s structures such as brick grain silos and an old milking parlor. While Pinot Noir is the main focus of the estate, it also produces a native-American varietal, Niagara, a sweet, Spatlese-styled Riesling, and two exceptional dessert wines. Visitors can sample some of the estate’s finest wines and enjoy guided cellar tours.
29700 SW Burkhalter Rd, Hillsboro, OR 97123, Phone: 503-648-8198
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10.Bald Peak State Park
Located atop Bald Peak in Yamhill County, the eponymous Bald Peak State Park is a day-use park that features several hiking trails, picnic tables and benches, and spectacular views of several volcanic peaks, including Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens, and even Mt. Rainier, the Willamette Valley and the Cascade Range from the Bald Peak State Scenic Viewpoint. The 26-acre state park features a lovely grassy hillside for picnics with the family, and a Douglas Fir wood to explore, as well as hiking trails, modern restrooms, and ample parking.
24730 SW Bald Peak Rd, Hillsboro, OR 97123, Phone: 800-551-7024
11.53rd Ave Community Park
53rd Avenue Park is a 14-acre municipal park located along 53rd Avenue in the center of the city that offers a variety of recreational amenities and facilities. The park offers a diverse range of outdoor areas for play and recreational activities such as 178,000 square feet of artificial turf multi-sport fields, a basketball court, tennis courts, a plaza area with water play fountain, a children's play area, concessions, and restrooms. There are also two lighted lacrosse and soccer fields that can also accommodate a wide variety of other sports, and a spray ground with geysers, spray elements and a curved seating wall that is hugely popular in the summer.
300 NE 53rd Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124, Phone: 503-681-6120
12.Hillsboro Public Library
The Hillsboro Public Library is a public library with two locations in Hillsboro in Shute Park and the Brookwood Library in the city center. Opened in 1975, the Shute Park Library is the oldest of the two libraries in the system and is based in a triangular-shaped building with 15,000 square feet of space that houses over 57,000 literary items, ranging from books and audio materials to periodicals and videos. The Brookwood Library is housed in a two-story building encompassing 76,000 square feet and boasts a collection of more than 300,000 items. The library hosts story readings in a variety of languages, including Bengali, Spanish, Japanese, and Mandarin, and an art gallery featuring local artists is housed on the second floor.
2850 NE Brookwood Pkwy, Hillsboro, OR 97124, Phone: 503-615-6500
13.Shute Park Aquatic and Recreation Center
The Shute Park Aquatic & Recreation Center (SHARC) is a multi-pool indoor and outdoor facility with a 25m main swimming pool and a smaller wading pool, a deluxe spa, and a weight room. Opened in 1954 as an outdoor facility at Shute Park, which later include an indoor swimming pool and recreation center, the Center has a variety of water-based and indoor features, including the original outdoor 50 yard swimming pool with two diving boards, an indoor 25 pool and a wading pool for smaller children and beginner swimmers, and a spa pool and dry sauna. Other amenities include locker rooms, childcare, and a snack bar.
953 SE Maple St, Hillsboro, OR 97123, Phone: 503-681-6127
14.Hondo Dog Park
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Hondo Dog Park is a dog-friendly city park spanning four acres next to the Hillsboro Stadium in the northeast section of Hillsboro. Opened in 2007, the park was the first dog park in that city and is named after a famous canine member of the Hillsboro Police Department called Hondo, who was sadly killed in action in 1997. A fire hydrant painted like an American flag as a memorial to the police dog is situated in the park, which has three different sections for various size dogs. Other features and amenities in the park include a small hill, double-gated entrances, gravel pathways, park benches, and drinking water stations, many of which are painted with dog themes.
4499 NE Century Blvd, Hillsboro, OR 97124, Phone: 503-681-6120
15.The Artfull Garden and Company
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The Artfull Garden and Company is a unique gift shop that sells a variety of handmade gifts and items from local artisans, imported and local candy and fine arts, and artisan jewelry by local artist Kelly Nicodemus-Miller. Established in 2002, the Candy Basket section of the store sells an extensive selection of handmade chocolates, international candy, and nostalgic sweet-based items, while Krelly Designs showcases one-of-a-kind, handcrafted gifts, and goodies made by artist Kelly Nicodemus-Miller. The shop also sells a range of home décor, stationery, and gardening gifts.
222 E Main St, Hillsboro, OR 97123, Phone: 503-648-7817
16.Ruby Vineyard and Winery
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Nestled in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Ruby Vineyard is a family-owned and operated winery in the Chehalem Mountains that produces a range of wines with a focus on Pinot Noir. Established in the heyday of the Oregon Trail, the historic vineyard features a blend of both familial and viticultural old own-rooted vines which are dry-farmed in a narrow band of rare Laurelwood soils using sustainable agricultural practices. In addition to making Pinot Noir from some of the oldest vines in Oregon, the vineyard also produces batches of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Rosé of Pinot Gris, and Chenin Blanc dessert wine. Wines are made with traditional wine-making styles in the property’s original green barn under the direction of professional winemaker, Andrew Kirkland. The winery’s tasting room is open year-round with sweeping views of Mount Hood.
30088 SW Egger Rd, Hillsboro, OR 97123, Phone: 503-628-7829
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Bag&Baggage Productions is a small, professional theatre company that produces four to six indoor and outdoor shows a year. Founded in 2005 by Hillsboro-native Scott Palmer, Bag&Baggage Productions is based in the Venetian Theatre located in a former bank building on East Main Street in downtown Hillsboro known as ‘the Vault.’ The award-winning production company primarily performs classic American and British dramas at the Venetian Theater and at various locations around the city, including the Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, the Kingstad Center, which is now closed, and the fairgrounds. The company also offers a range of educational programs, workshops, film and cinema events, and arts groups.
350 E Main St, Hillsboro, OR 97123, Phone: 503-345-9590
Based at the historic Estate VanSchepen Vineyards just south of Hillsboro in the heart of Oregon Wine Country, Blizzard Wines is a family-owned and operated winery that produces Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, as well as bold reds from their vineyards in the Columbia Valley AVA. Inspired by centuries-old French sophistication, the winery produces wines using a combination of traditional and scientific styles and has a modern tasting with a large patio with outdoor heaters, and beautiful views of the Willamette Valley where visitors can sip a glass of Blizzard Wines crisp Pinot Gris, a lovely Estate Pinot Noir or a not-too-sweet Riesling and soak up the spectacular valley views.
29495 SW Burkhalter Rd, Hillsboro, OR 97123, Phone: 503-334-8832
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19.Old Scotch Church (Tualatin Plains Presbyterian Church)
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The Old Scotch Church is a church and national historic site that is one of the area’s most popular tourist attractions. Also known as the Tualatin Plains Presbyterian Church, the church dates back to 1873 and features an eight-sided steeple that is over 140 years old. The Presbyterian Church is located on Scotch Church Road and hosts a worship service on Sundays, Sunday School, and several events throughout the year. The church has an on-site cemetery that is home to the graves of early local pioneer settlers and prominent church members.
30685 NW Scotch Church Rd, Hillsboro, OR 97124, Phone: 503-648-9573
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20.Glenn and Viola Walters Cultural Art Center
Housed in a historic red-colored stone building in downtown Hillsboro, the Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center is a multi-use performing arts venue that showcases dance, musical and performing arts, along with fine art. Built in 1949 as a house of worship, the building in which the center is based encompasses 15,664 square feet of space and is a beautiful architectural landmark in itself. In addition to presenting art-centric performances, the Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center also houses several art studios where students and visitors can take classes in drawing, painting, sculpture, and performing arts.
527 E Main St, Hillsboro, OR 97123, Phone: 503-615-3485
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21.Copper River Restaurant & Bar
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Copper River Restaurant and Bar is a locally owned and operated comfy eatery that serves made-from-scratch, farm-to-table fare made with locally sourced ingredients along with an extensive selection of craft beers and local wines. Boasting contemporary décor and a warm and welcoming ambiance, the restaurant serves a seasonal menu, a scratch kitchen menu and a bar menu of light bites, with signature dishes like Oregon Wild King Salmon, Slow-Roasted Pork Ribs, Northwest Steelhead, and Miso Salmon. The full-service bar serves a range of over 54 featured craft beers, a curated selection of local wines, and classic cocktails made with premium spirits. Copper River Restaurant and Bar is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
7370 NE Cornell Rd, Hillsboro, OR 97124, Phone: 503-640-0917
22.The South Store Cafe
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Nestled in the heart of Tualatin Valley’s wine country, South Store Cafe is a charming rural café that serves fresh, farm-to-table fare such as homemade soups and fresh salads, gourmet sandwiches, freshly pastries and house-roasted and brewed coffee. Exuding a cozy, historic space, the quaint café is housed in a landmark 100-year-old clapboard building and is a popular gathering spot for locals and visitors alike who flock to the historic landmark to tuck into delicious made-from-scratch fare for breakfast and lunch. A variety of beverages include craft beers, casual wines, mimosas, Italian and fountain sodas, and freshly brewed coffee and teas.
24485 SW Scholls Ferry Rd, Hillsboro, OR 97123, Phone: 503-628-1920
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23.The Meating Place
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Located in Duo Galleria, the Meating Place is a classic meat-centric restaurant that serves the highest quality meats from Black Angus Prime Beef, Wagyu Sirloin, Prime Rib, Domestic Lamb Racks, Berkshire Prime Pork, antibiotic and hormone-free chicken and fresh seafood. Chicken dishes include breaded chicken cutlets, turkey London broils, stuffed chicken breasts, and the restaurant’s famous chicken patties. Other dishes on the menu include homemade soups, fresh salads, a wide range of fresh seafood and fish, vegetable and pasta dishes, and a selection of decadent desserts. A full-service bar offers a wide range of libations, including craft and draft beers, classic cocktails, and casual wines from around the world. The Meating Place is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Monday through Sunday.
87 Dorp St, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch, 7600, Phone: 021-883-3977
24.Midway Firehouse Pizza
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Midway Firehouse Pizza is a locally, family-owned pizza restaurant that specializes in gourmet pizzas, fresh salads, and gourmet paninis. The firehouse-themed restaurant features quirky décor such as fire suits, helmets, and tools from local fire departments in the area, and has a spacious dining room, a casual lounge area with large screen televisions, and a games room for the kids. The restaurant serves a menu of hand-tossed, wood-fired pizzas, and other Italian-American fare, along with 16 rotating beers on tap from craft breweries around the region, two local wines on tap, and a wide range of fountain sodas, fruit juices, and other soft drinks. Midway Firehouse Pizza is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
14805 SW Hillsboro Hwy, Hillsboro, OR 97123, Phone: 971-228-8057
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- Roloff Farms, Photo: holly/stock.adobe.com
- Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals, Photo: Minakryn Ruslan/stock.adobe.com
- Rood Bridge Park, Photo: Mark/stock.adobe.com
- Oregon International Air Show, Photo: Dmitry/stock.adobe.com
- Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, Photo: rck/stock.adobe.com
- Ron Tonkin Field, Photo: mtsaride/stock.adobe.com
- Smith Berry Barn, Photo: draw05/stock.adobe.com
- Orenco Woods Nature Park, Photo: donyanedomam/stock.adobe.com
- Oak Knoll Winery, Photo: Liudmila/stock.adobe.com
- Bald Peak State Park, Photo: dragonstock/stock.adobe.com
- 53rd Ave Community Park, Photo: dvoinik/stock.adobe.com
- Hillsboro Public Library, Photo: Pixel-Shot/stock.adobe.com
- Shute Park Aquatic and Recreation Center, Photo: travnikovstudio/stock.adobe.com
- Hondo Dog Park, Photo: Przemyslaw Iciak/stock.adobe.com
- The Artfull Garden and Company, Photo: Anatoly Vartanov/stock.adobe.com
- Ruby Vineyard and Winery, Photo: Fenea Silviu/stock.adobe.com
- Bag&Baggage Productions, Photo: carbonyte/stock.adobe.com
- Blizzard Wines, Photo: Ekaterina/stock.adobe.com
- Old Scotch Church (Tualatin Plains Presbyterian Church), Photo: Sevenstock Studio/stock.adobe.com
- Glenn and Viola Walters Cultural Art Center, Photo: greggsphoto/stock.adobe.com
- Copper River Restaurant & Bar, Photo: Copper River Restaurant & Bar
- The South Store Cafe, Photo: The South Store Cafe
- The Meating Place, Photo: Joshua Resnick/stock.adobe.com
- Midway Firehouse Pizza, Photo: Midway Firehouse Pizza
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