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Explore Your Backyard: 4 Spots Worth Checking Out in Lake Oswego & West Linn

August 27, 2023
Explore Your Backyard: 4 Spots Worth Checking Out in Lake Oswego & West Linn

Nestled in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, Lake Oswego and West Linn boast an array of local outdoor spots that are sure to delight both residents and visitors alike; true testaments to the natural beauty of the region!

You may be familiar with these parks and attractions, but as summer comes to an end, we encourage you to pick up some local food (make sure to check in with your Dining Passport before August ends!), grab your loved ones, and go wander. Create your own adventure, right in your backyard.

Take a look at our four must-see spots that showcase the best of Lake Oswego and West Linn.

Mary S. Young Park: This West Linn park offers a variety of recreational fun for adults and kids alike. It features hiking trails, picnic spots, a disc golf course, dog park, and riverfront access. The park offers a peaceful place to walk or sit by the Willamette River and is a favorite among locals.

George Rogers Park: The majestic centerpiece of Lake Oswego, Oswego Lake at George Rogers Park offers ample things to do from boating to kayaking, paddleboarding, and fishing. Take in the picturesque views, walk along the lakeside trails, and even enjoy picnics. This park is a great gathering spot for both residents and visitors. It features a lakefront promenade, outdoor amphitheater, sculptures, and public art.

You can enjoy many events, concerts, and community gatherings hosted here. There’s also a family-friendly stretch of beach to enjoy sunbathing, swimming, rafting, and access to hiking trails along the river. You’ll see and discover historical elements all around the area!

On Saturdays, you can also enjoy the Lake Oswego Farmers Market! Make sure to also add Thursday Movies in the Park during July and August and Sunday Moonlight & Music concerts to your calendar.

Tryon Creek State Natural Area: Located on the outskirts of Lake Oswego, this state park (the only Oregon state park within a metropolitan area) offers a serene escape into nature for those who love the outdoors. Explore hiking trails, enjoy picnics in designated areas, and discover the diverse nature of the area.

Willamette Falls: One of the largest waterfalls by volume in the United States, Willamette Falls is a mesmerizing natural attraction. An absolute must-see if you are in the area! Visitors can view the falls from multiple vantage points and learn about the historical significance to our region. It is truly a magical sight any time of the year!

There's no shortage of wonders to explore across Lake Oswego and West Linn, and we hope you're inspired to embark on your own adventures. To stay connected about local events, opportunities, and community gatherings, be sure to visit the Wander Willamette website and follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @wanderwillamette.

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