07/25/2022 | Indoor Recreation, Water Play

7 Ways To Keep Cool In Mt. Hood Territory

Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory, like much of the Pacific Northwest, is a paradise for those who love the outdoors. Beautiful scenery and favorable weather has us spending more time outdoors than in other destinations. However, even the temperate Pacific Northwest is susceptible to the occasional heat wave. Here are some good ways to keep cool when the mercury rises in Mt. Hood Territory.

North Clackamas Aquatic Park

The North Clackamas Aquatic Park is perfect spot to take the kids, or yourself, for a dip in refreshing waters. The pool has space and programs for lap swim, diving, aquatic exercise classes, swim lessons and the most popular spot, the Big Surf! wave pool. 


Bullwinkle's in Wilsonville has a whole array of exciting, indoor options. Sure they have a ton of outdoor things to do as well, like the go karts, mini golf, and the "Soaring Eagle" zipline. And while the bumper boats may be an option if you don't mind getting splashed a little to stay cool, the indoor options are likely what you're looking for. "Lazerextreme" laser tag, bowling, a huge arcade, the "Kidopolis Playland" and the interactive "XD Dark Ride" will all keep you entertained and cool. 

Grab a Cold One at Valley Public House

You still need to eat during a heatwave, right? Might as well accompany that with a nice cold beverage, and let someone else's kitchen heat up. Valley Public House in Clackamas is a food hall and taproom with an awesome menu of food plus cocktails, wine, cider and beer. What's really popular right now are their frozen drinks. The "Classic Frosé" along with Watermelon Margaritas and other sub-zero cocktails are perfect refreshments when it's hot outside. While those drinks will be nice and cool, don't forget to drink plenty of water too so you can stay hydrated!

Take To The Tap Trail

Speaking of ice cold beverages, the breweries along the Mt. Hood Territory Tap Trail all have ice cold beer in comfy air conditioned tasting rooms. Here's a great opportunity to earn some stops on your way to the reward, sample some great local brews, and stay cool all at the same time.

Cool Off In The Clackamas

Maybe you still want to go outside. Then the cool waters of the Clackamas River are calling. Enjoy some whitewater action on the Upper Clackamas past Estacada, or float on the calmer waters of the lower river. Visit our Clackamas River page for guides, float ideas and all the other information you need for a fun excursion on one of the wests most beautiful rivers. 

Float Or Paddle On The Willamette

https://saltandstraw.com/pages/lake-oswegoFloating or paddling are great options to get on the water when the temperatures go up. You can tube on the lower Clackamas. eNRG Kayaking can rent you everything you need and even shuttle you to Cross Park and then pick you up a mile down river after your float. Or you can rent one of their kayaks and paddle on the Willamette, taking in some epic views of Willamette Falls.

Ice Cream... need we say more?

Nothing can cool you down like a delicious ice cream cone. Located in the heart of Lake Oswego's shopping district you'll find world famous Salt & Straw. Try some of their unique flavors, or go with a tried and true favorite, anything to help beat the heat. 

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