Jarrod Lyman | 03/01/2022 | Communities, Happy Valley

Things To Do: Happy Valley — Clackamas

The communities of Happy Valley and Clackamas are situated right along I-205. As such you'll find numerous stores and restaurants. But what about something entertaining? Here are a few ideas on things to do in Happy Valley and Clackamas to keep the family entertained. 

Mt. Talbert Nature Park

The Mt. Talbert Nature Park is another spot where it's easy to forget you're moments from a busy city. It's popular spot for people to go looking for native and migrating wildlife. Keep an eye out for Western gray squirrels, woodpeckers and Western tanagers, among others. There's four miles of trails of varying difficulty as well a picnic spots near the entrance. 

Take to the Tap Trail

The Mt. Hood Territory Tap Trail guides craft beverage lovers on a journey throughout the region where they can sample beer, cider and even spirits from some of the most talented makers out there. Happy Valley and Clackamas is home to a trio of stops on the trail, giving you ample opportunity to try some great creations. Stop for some brews at Little Beast Brewing and then get the "incider" scoop at Portland Cider Company and Happy Valley Ciderworks

Escape Boredom with an Escape Room

If you've never tried an escape room, you're missing out! They are a fun way to have some together time while getting all those puzzle-solving skills you've developed to good use. Great for families, team-building, birthday parties and other fun events. MindTrix has three different options, from easy to medium difficulty. There's School of Magic, Tesla's Mystery and The Time Machine. Try all three and see if you can beat the best times. MindTrix is Located inside the Clackamas Town Center, giving you some additional options for things to do once you've made your escape. 

Take a Hike

You may not expect to find a gorgeous waterfall in a city, but there just happens to be one in Happy Valley at Hidden Falls Nature Park. You'll wind through verdant forest, helping you to forget you're just moments from civilization. The fall itself is a beautiful cascade viewed from above via a wooden bridge. This hike is the perfect opportunity for families with younger kids who may not be able to go for big hikes yet, but still love to get outdoors. Please note that the pathway to the falls, while paved, is steep in some locations and may not be suitable for those needing more stability.

CeramiCafe Art Lounge

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at some ceramics art? Here's your chance, because CeramiCafe Art Lounge gives you the opportunity to really get your hands dirty in the process. Staff can give you all the instruction you need, or all the space you want to make your own work of art. The options are endless, and it's a fun opportunity to create a special and unique gift for a friend or loved one. You simply pick the ceramic piece you wish to pain, sketch your design or use one of their many stencils and paint. They then glaze the piece for you to pick up later. 

Play a Round at Sah-Hah-Lee

Sah-Hah-Lee golf course is an 18-hole par 3 course nestled along the banks of the Clackamas River. They offer a lot more than just a round of golf though. They are always hosting various tournaments, from typical style to fun things like the "Two Club Challenge". They also offer junior camps, mini golf and foot golf too. Add in the driving range and you have a full day of fun in store. 

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