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Millenium Plaza Park in Lake Oswego
Ithaca Janzen | 04/20/2021 | Lake Oswego

Things To Do: Lake Oswego

Rivers, lakes, history, art and a charming downtown district: Lake Oswego is bursting with things to do! Get inspired by some of the activities below, and mix and match to create your perfect day in Lake Oswego. 

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Foothills Park, Pioneer Spirit Sculpture

Waterfront Parks

George Rogers Park along the Willamette River is the perfect place to enjoy nature, no matter your speed. For those seeking adventure, Alder Creek offers a rental location in the park where you can rent SUP, single or double kayaks during the summer months. If you're looking to relax, the park has perfect sandy beaches along the Willamette to set up a picnic. Family-friendly trails wind through the park, and there's also a kids' play area. 

Lake Oswego's newest park is Foothills Park. A short walk from downtown shopping and dining, Foothills Park provides opportunities for wildlife viewing along paths and platforms, as well as an amphitheater where you can catch live music performances during the summer. 

Oswego Heritage House

Heritage Homes and Industry

Did you know that Lake Oswego was once the key supplier of industrial iron for development on the West Coast? You can learn about the important role that Lake Oswego's iron played, as well as see what life was like for iron workers, at the Iron Company Worker's Cottage, an original box frame home turned museum. George Rogers Park is just a short walk from the museum, where the Historic Iron Furnace still stands. Find these and more industrial history along the Oswego Iron Heritage Trail.

The Oswego Heritage House Museum is a very different historical construction example than the simple Iron Worker's Cottage. This Colonial Revival style building was originally constructed as a real estate office in 1928. Now, the elegant building and gardens are open to the public as a museum, showcasing Lake Oswego's history "from the earliest Native American settlement to the 1960's."

For history on the move, take a scenic ride on the historic Willamette Shore Trolley. This trolley itself is a historical replica, and the route that it takes along the steep banks of the Willamette River, through tunnels and neighborhoods of Lake Oswego dates from the 1800s. You can take a ride just for the incredible views and banter with the knowledgeable trolley operators, or you can use the trolley to travel from Lake Oswego to downtown Portland, with a stop at the SW Waterfront that easily connects to the Portland Streetcar for convenient public transportation.

Complement II Glass & Stainless Steel Sculpture

Public Art

As you walk through downtown Lake Oswego you will find yourself in an outdoor art gallery! The Gallery Without Walls public art sculpture program places unique works of art from artists around the country throughout the streets of Lake Oswego, for all to admire. Enjoy them on your own with a self-guided brochure tour, or take a guided tour. In addition to the Gallery Without Walls, the Arts Council of Lake Oswego hosts their ArtSpace & Gallery, a gallery featuring rotating themed art exhibits in the new City Hall building.

Visitor Admiring Blooms at Rogerson Clematis Garden

Garden Beauty

Take a short drive from downtown Lake Oswego to discover a world abloom at the Rogerson Clematis Garden at Luscher Farm. This tranquil flower garden located at historic Luscher Farm is home to an incredible collection of over 900 varieties of clematis. Bring a picnic and enjoy there beautifully landscaped grounds outside the historic Lusher Farmhouse. 

Ithaca enjoys camping, hiking, local craft beer or just hanging out at home with her pet hedgehog, Hazel. Her role at Mt. Hood Territory includes coordinating the Tap Trail and Wine Trail and creating inspirational travel content.

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