Things to do in Hillsboro Oregon

Things to do in Hillsboro Oregon
Hillsboro Oregon is located a few miles from the border with Washington State and just half-hour drive west of fun things to do in Portland Oregon.

There are myriad of things to do in Hillsboro Oregon and if you are planning a vacation here for the first time, there are plenty of recreational parks and city attractions to suit everyone.

If you are looking to explore nearby Washington State attractions, Hillsboro Oregon is just a couple of hours drive from fun things to do in Seattle and things to do in Tacoma Washington.

Things to do in Hillsboro Oregon: Outdoor Activities

If you’re looking to enjoy recreational activities, the city of Hillsboro Oregon boasts a myriad of city parks in and around the downtown area.

Camping & Fishing

If you are traveling with your RV or would like to camp out, for around $20 you can do so at the Washington County Fairgrounds which hook-ups for tents and RV’s.

Washington County Fairgrounds is located 2 miles east of Hillsboro’s city center (around 6 minutes car ride).

For angling opportunities, you can head out to Ornoname 24 Reservoir, which is located 4 miles north of Hillsboro's city center (around 8 minutes car ride).

Wildlife Spotting

If you love wildlife and enjoy bird watching, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve is located 1 mile south of Hillsboro’s city center and offers a great opportunity to explore Oregon’s wildlife in their natural habitat.

The preserve also features educational exhibits and displays for those of you wanting to learn more about Oregon’s wildlife.

Kids Playgrounds

Dairy Creek Park, Glencoe Creek Park and Rood Bridge Park all feature playgrounds for the little ones, as well as walking trails and picnic shelters. However, Rood Bridge Park does charge a rental fee for using the their picnic shelters.


For boating opportunities, Rood Bridge Park features a boat ramp to the Tualatin River for launching canoes and kayaks.

Rood Bridge Park is adjacent Meriwether Golf Club (around 8 minutes drive from Hillsboro’s city center).

Walking & Cycling

Apart from featuring soccer, baseball and Lacrosse fields, the Gordon Faber Recreation Complex also features trails ideal for walking and cycling.

The Gordon Faber Recreation Complex is 8 miles northeast of Hillsboro Oregon, near the Rock Creek Golf Course.


If you fancy a bit of swimming, Shute Park Aquatic & Recreation Center is home to a couple of indoor and outdoor pools where you can enjoy recreational swimming.

Shute Park Aquatic & Recreation Center is located adjacent Shute Park, along SE Maple Street.

Winery Tour

If you are wine enthusiast and would like to sample some wines, the Oak Knoll Winery is just 4 miles south of the city center (8 minutes drive), and offers many wine tastings where you can taste wines such as the popular Pinot Gris.

Things to do in Hillsboro Oregon: Places of Interest

Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center

If you are visiting Hillsboro Oregon and want to keep the kids busy, the Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center is an excellent community center that offers regular free art exhibits and fun activities for kids.

Shute Park

If you are visiting Shute Park, don’t miss out the amazing wood sculpture of the Native American Chief Chief Kno-Tah.

Hillsboro Historical Places

Tualatin Plains Presbyterian Church

If you are interested in Hillsboro’s historic places and history, the Tualatin Plains Presbyterian Church was built in the 19th century and features the burial grounds of pioneer settlers such as Joseph Meek.

Historic houses

The downtown area features a few historic homes that are included in the Registered of Historic Places. These include:

* Zula Linklater House (located along NE Lincoln Street)
* Rice-Gates House (located along SE 3rd Avenue
* Charles Shorey House (located along E Main Street)

Washington County Museum

The Washington County Museum is around 10 miles out of the city center but it is also worth visiting if you are interested in Hillsboro’s early beginnings.

The museum is actually adjacent Portland Community College and some of the popular exhibits you can expect to see there include the Old Washington County Jail, Native American artifacts and 1800’s artifacts from the early settlers.

Things to do in Hillsboro Oregon: Shopping

Hillsboro Oregon is home to many small shops and department stores where you can do some shopping.

For instance, along SE 3rd Avevue and NE 3rd Avenue such as Gimres Shoe Store, Planet Bead, Antique Mall Snider’s Hill and Rivals Fantasy Games.

For more shopping opportunities, head to Tanasbourne Town Center where you can find the popular ‘The Streets of Tanasbourne’ outdoor mall with over 50 stores and restaurants.

Also, the nearby town of Aloha offers more shopping opportunities such as the Aloha Mall and the Aloha Villa shopping center.

Things to do in Hillsboro Oregon: Events & Festivals

Gordon Faber Recreation Complex

If you and your family would like to enjoy sporting events, it's worth checking out the Gordon Faber Recreation Complex, as it holds regular community events throughout the year.

Oregon International Air Show

If you are traveling to Hillsboro Oregon in August, the Oregon International Air Show takes place for three days, and if you love plane acrobatics and shows, this is one event not to be missed.

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