Amusement parks in Oregon are few and far between, but there are some very appealing options that will be sure to please the young ones on your family vacation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on family-fun parks, here is our guide to all the key information visitors need to know about Oregon's amusement parks.
One of the oldest continuously running amusement parks in the U.S., Oaks Park may be a small place, but it has a lot of charm and several fun rides. It features a full range of carnival games, and a skating rink that boasts one of the oldest Wurlitzer pipe organs in the country.
Spins And SwingsThe Disk'O is a fantastically scary ride. Riders sit facing out, allowing them a great view as the ride sends them in fast circles and swings them from right to left.
Fast And Slow RidesThe park also features the Looping Thunder Roller Coaster, Rock-O-Plane, Scream-N-Eagle and The Spider, as well as tons of slower moving rides for the young kids. In addition to the skating rink, there's also a miniature golf course.
Fair FoodYou'll find your typical fair food: fried goods, grilled meat and lots of sticky sweet desserts.
Safety RecordOur research reveals no notable news reports of safety issues or accidents at Oaks Park.
Address: 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland, OR 97202
Hours: The park is open March through September. The rides are generally open between noon and 7 p.m. with later hours on the weekends.
Price: Gate admission and parking is free, but you have to pay for either individual tickets ($2.25) for the rides or buy a bracelet ($14.75) that will give you unlimited rides.
Open since 1971, Enchanted Forest has been a great destination for nostalgic adults and small children thanks to its kitschy charm and rustic location. It features a Haunted House, thrilling log ride and a roller coaster. Younger kids will enjoy the stroll down Storybook Lane, a physical tribute to fairy tales from around the world.
Prepare For A SplashEnchanted Forest boasts "the biggest log ride in the northwest." The Big Timber Log Ride takes guests up a mountain and through a logging mill before dropping them down a steep, 40-foot hill. The ride ends in a big splash so don't forget your ponchos.
Lane, Town And VillageAside from kiddie rides, Enchanted Forest is also home to Storybook Lane. Participants take a stroll through some of the most famous storybook scenes, such as Alice and Wonderland's rabbit hole and the Old Lady who lived in a shoe. Guests can also explore the Tofteville Western Town, which features a shooting gallery and a General Store, and the English Village, which comes alive with the help of animatronics.
Snacks And PicnicsThere are several snack carts throughout the park, though Enchanted Forest also encourages families to bring their own food from home for a picnic-style lunch.
Safety RecordOur research reveals no notable news reports of safety issues or accidents at Enchanted Forest.
Address: 8462 Enchanted Way SE, Turner, OR 97392
Hours: The park is open mid-March through September. The hours are 10 a.m. to 5 or 7 p.m., depending on the day of the week.
Price: Adults, $9.95; seniors aged and older, $ 8.95; children ages 3 to 12, $ 8.95; children ages 2 and younger, free.
Other Noteworthy Parks Near OregonEvergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark
Shute Park Aquatic & Recreation Center
Pendleton Family Aquatic Center
North Clackamas Aquatic Park
Splash! Lively Park Swim Center
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