Boats, trains, trolleys

Christoph Diermann
However you get there, Oregon City makes a fun family outing

They built it a 320-foot floating dock on the river downstream of Oregon City's thundering Willamette Falls ― and it came: a tour boat dressed up like a vintage stern-wheeler. Hop aboard this summer and let the Belle of the Falls take you as close as you can get (unless you're a salmon) to the massive cataract, where the entire width of the river free-falls more than 40 feet.

Now there's also a little depot where Amtrak stops four times a day, and excursion trolleys rolling through town to sites like the McLoughlin House and Barclay House, which the National Park Service protects. Climb aboard!

BRING KIDS:

Belle of the Falls. WHAT: A fun faux stern- wheeler tour boat provides open-air excursion rides to Willamette Falls and beyond. WHEN: 11, 1, and 3 Thu-Sun through Sep 25. HOW MUCH: $15 for a one-hour trip. WHERE: Jon Storm Transient Dock, 1801 Clackamette Dr., off State 99E (McLoughlin Blvd.); www.belleofthefalls.com or 503/286-7673.

 

 

SEE:

End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. WHAT: Hands-on exhibits help bring the westbound covered-wagon immigrants' experience to life. WHEN: 9:30-5 Mon-Sat, 10:30-4 Sun. HOW MUCH: $9. WHERE: 1726 Washington St.; www.endoftheoregontrail.org or 503/657-9336.

Historic Oregon City Trolleys. WHAT: Two vintage-style trolleys offer rides on intersecting routes every 45 minutes. WHEN: 10:45 a.m.-3:45 p.m. daily. HOW MUCH: Free. WHERE: Stops at the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, the Rivershore Hotel, and other selected historic sites; www.orcity.org or 503/657-8299.

PLAY:

Clackamas River Trail. WHAT: Paved 1-mile path edges the Clackamas River and Clackamette Cove (bring a swimsuit) just upstream of its confluence with the Willamette. WHERE: Just east of Clackamette Park; drive (or pedal in the bike lanes) 1⁄4 mile east on Main St. to the trailhead.

 

 

EAT:

The Little Red Hen Bakery and Deli. WHAT: Busy little eatery with fresh sandwiches and wraps. WHEN: Breakfast and lunch daily. HOW MUCH: $. WHERE: Historic district, 602 Seventh St.; 503/653-9797. ―Bonnie Henderson

INFO: Oregon City is off I-205; from Portland's east side, take State 99E (McLoughlin Blvd.) south, or from the west side, take State 43 south through Lake Oswego.

DownComment IconEmail IconFacebook IconGoogle Plus IconGrid IconInstagram IconLinkedin IconList IconMenu IconMinus IconPinterest IconPlus IconRss IconSave IconSearch IconShare IconShopping Cart IconSpeech BubbleSnapchat IconTumblr IconTwitter IconWhatsapp IconYoutube Icon