Wilsonville is a charming city in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area, located within Clackamas and Washington Counties. The city was originally founded in the 19th century as Boones Landing, a ferry landing operated by Alphonso Boone, the grandson of famed American pioneer Daniel Boone. Visitors come from around the Pacific Northwest to explore the exhibits of the World of Speed Motorsports Museum, which pays tribute to the history and legacy of all types of motorsports around the world.
1.World of Speed Motorsports Museum
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World of Speed Motorsports Museum is a delightful educational motorsports museum telling the story of the United States' motorsports racing culture and its influence on world racing culture. The museum details the history and legacy of a wide variety of motorsports, ranging from drag and road racing to modern-day NASCAR and Formula One circuits. Legendary Pacific Northwest race tracks like Woodburn Dragstrip and Portland International Raceway have donated artifacts for a dozen exhibits, showcasing classic vehicles like the four-cylinder Wise Owl, raced by Kirk Hanna to a world-record speed of 259.72 miles per hour, and the Joint Venture, the world's fastest freightliner, used to race on the Bonneville Salt Flats. Special exhibits tell the tale of women in racing, the role of race cars in World War II, and the history of the Northwest Motorsports Hall of Fame.
27490 SW 95th Ave, Wilsonville, OR 97070, Phone: 503-563-6444
2.Wilsonville Memorial Park
Wilsonville Memorial Park is a lovely 126-acre municipal park located just off Interstate 5, opened to the public in 1969 just following the city's incorporation. The park is the city's largest and oldest, located along the banks of the Willamette River. Visitors can make use of the park's public boat dock or half-mile of Willamette River frontage, which offers areas for strolling and wildlife watching. A skate park and dog park provide lively activities for teens and pet owners, while a plaza with water features makes for a great spot for play dates with young ones. Other amenities include day-use picnic areas, athletic courts, children's playgrounds, and a beautiful forested trail system.
8100 SW Wilsonville Rd, Wilsonville, OR 97070, Phone: 503-682-3727
3.Graham Oaks Nature Park
Graham Oaks Nature Park is a charming 250-acre nature park in Wilsonville, opened in 2010 by the Portland Metro regional government association. Prior to the park's development, the former farmland had been used as landfill, but throughout the early 2000s, Metro planted more than 150,000 native shrubs and trees and 100 million wildflower seeds. Today, the park is home to a lovely network of more than three miles of walking and jogging trails, including a portion of the Tonquin Trail, which connects to the nearby cities of Tualatin and Sherwood. Other trails connect to the adjacent Park at Merryfield. Visitors can make use of the park's lovely picnic shelters, which feature LED and solar energy features.
11825 SW Wilsonville Rd, Wilsonville, OR 97070, Phone: 503-665-4995
Carabella Vineyard was the vision of winemaker and geologist Mike Hallock, who brought his training as a winemaker in Colorado to the winery's operations in 1998. Today, the winery is known for its elegant estate Dijon Chardonnay, Alsatian-style Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir grape varietals, which are fermented to bring out the complexity and unique terroir of the volcanic soils of the Parrett Mountain region. Visitors can stop in at the winery's delightful tasting room throughout the week with advance reservations and sample six wines chosen from its cellar lot of experimental cuvées and limited-edition library wines. Private half-hour vineyard tours explore the sweeping panoramas of the Willamette Valley and showcase sustainable harvesting practices.
16617 SW Edminston Rd, Wilsonville, OR 97070, Phone: 503-925-0972
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Vanguard Brewing is Wilsonville's premiere craft brewery, founded in 2015 in the city's downtown district. The brewery is named for the military term of the same name, which refers to the advance unit of a moving army. It is known for its delicious small-batch beers, which are produced with high quality and locally-grown ingredients. Year-round flagship brews include the brewery's Schatzie German Pilsner, Piper's Moon Dark Chocolate Porter, and Good Day Mosaic Dry-Hopped IPA. Limited-release favorites emphasize experimental styles and unique flavors in varieties like the company's Hazelnut Brown English Brown Ale and Now and Zen Sake-Yeast Hybrid Beer. The company's taproom, which opened to the public in 2017, serves up pints alongside 12-inch artisanal pizzas and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches.
27501 SW 95th Ave #945, Wilsonville, OR 97070, Phone: 503-855-5924
6.Barn Owl Nursery
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Barn Owl Nursery showcases a lovely selection of lavender and culinary herb plants, available for purchase throughout the growing season. The company specializes in selling Oregon-grown lavender varieties, showcasing over 100 different plant varieties and cultivations. During blooming season, which lasts approximately between mid-June and late July, visitors can view lavender and lavandin plants on display in the nursery's test gardens and fields. Dried lavender bundles and buds are sold at the nursery's gift shop, along with essential oils, lavender teas, sachets, and other apothecary goods. All visitors can enjoy a complimentary sample of the company's lavender teas and pastries in store during bloom season.
22999 SW Newland Rd, Wilsonville, OR 97070, Phone: 503-638-0387
7.Oswego Grill Wilsonville
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Oswego Grill Wilsonville is a delicious casual American chain offering three locations throughout Oregon, including a location in Wilsonville that has been open since 2011. The restaurant is known for its upscale elegance and affordable prices, serving up modern Pacific Northwestern fare alongside a full menu of fine wines and specialty cocktails. Diners can choose from house specialties like spicy macaroni and cheese platters, garlic prawn linguine, slow-roasted prime rib, and family-recipe old-fashioned beef pot pie. Seafood specialties like stuffed salmon pair with hardwood grill entrees like Danish-style baby-back ribs. A variety of burger and sandwich options are available at lunch, alongside shareable appetizers like sushi platters and bleu cheese fries.
30080 SW Boones Ferry Rd, Wilsonville, OR 97070, Phone: 503-427-2152
8.McMenamins Old Church and Pub
McMenamins Old Church and Pub is a family-friendly pub and restaurant set within a renovated church space in Wilsonville, located along the city's ferry route that was once operated by Alphonso Boone, the grandson of famed American frontiersman Daniel Boone. The church, which was constructed in 1911, features original architecture connected to its use as a ferry dock, including cross beams and wooden pillars that date back to the 19th century. All pub fare is crafted onsite every day, including oven-fired pizzas crafted with delicious ingredients like Canadian bacon, jalapenos, and housemade barbecue sauce. Craft burgers are also served up, along with dinner specialties like Jamaican curry rice bowls and roasted butternut squash macaroni and cheese. An outdoor amphitheater showcases live music performances throughout the year.
30340 SW Boones Ferry Rd, Wilsonville, OR 97070, Phone: 503-427-2500
Sushi Avenue was founded in 2008 and has become a favorite business lunch destination in the Portland region ever since. The restaurant is housed within a simple space in downtown Wilsonville and is known for its delicious bento lunch boxes and affordable dinner deals. Diners can choose from a variety of classic sushi roll and boat favorites at lunch and dinner, ranging from favorites like chirashi and tuna tataki to excellent shrimp and vegetable tempura platters. Udon and donburi bowls are also served up, along with selections like Japanese-style ribeye and panko-fried pork tenderloin cuts. A selection of regional wines and beers is available to complement all meals.
29955 SW Boones Ferry Rd D, Wilsonville, OR 97070, Phone: 503-682-0729
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