For your visit to the state's capital, be sure to check out the area's many eclectic hidden gems. Stroll through an enchanted forest, see how Mother Nature graced this colorful region and embrace childhood again with a carousel ride. Put these attractions on your itinerary:
The family-owned Schreiner's Iris Gardens has 10-acre display gardens that are open to the public when the flowers bloom in May and June. See 500 Iris varieties as you walk through the gardens or have lunch at one of the picnic tables. Stop in at the specialty gift shop, where you will find potted flowers, stained glass, pottery, gardening tools and more.
The Enchanted Forest Theme Park is a storybook world. Amusement rides include the Ice Mountain Bobsled Roller Coaster and the Big Timber Log Ride, and a water light show illuminates peaceful nights. Bring a picnic and stay for the day or evening.
A.C. Gilbert's Discovery Village is a children's museum with offerings both inside and out. Science, music and craft exhibits with hands-on experiences abound. The village is made up of three buildings for a day's worth of entertainment and learning for the entire family.
If you are a hiker, you will love Minto-Brown Island Park. Featuring several miles of paved paths, the park boasts hazelnut orchards and forests. Stroll along the Willamette River and by some small lakes. There is a large off-leash area for four-legged friends, too.
Riverfront Carousel is a gem. Created by a team of volunteers, the horses each feature a personalized detail that mirrors its creator. A walk along the river either before or after your carousel ride is a lovely way to spend an evening or an afternoon.
Check out the Oregon State Capitol for a look at some unique architecture. The building's rotunda features a gold leaf statue that represents Oregon's first settlers. Inside the building, wall-sized murals depict the state's history. Outside, the grounds feature lush gardens and a picnic area.
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