You’re finally done grocery shopping. The house is spick and span. You’ve got cook times all scheduled out for your best recipes. It is officially the calm before the holiday storm. But there is still one thing you might have overlooked: what do to with your guests over Thanksgiving weekend?! Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered and you don’t even have to break the bank!
Free State Park Entrance
Choose to #OptOutside on Black Friday. Want a change of pace this Black Friday? Skip the hyper-consumerism and work off that holiday meal at your favorite state park. On Friday, November 25th, all 25 Oregon State Parks that charge $5 day-use parking fees will be free on November 25th. The day is being celebrated as “Green Friday,” to encourage people to opt outside on Black Friday. This freebie includes lots of great parks close to home. Here’s a map of the 25 parks that are waiving day-use fee.
Every year, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife invites reeling newbies and advanced anglers to participate in free fishing weekends. During these events, no fishing licenses or tags are required to fish, crab or clam in Oregon. This is a great opportunity for you to try out fishing, crabbing or clamming in Oregon without having to pay for an annual license. Even though these are free fishing days, fishing rules still apply. These include location closures, bag limits and size restrictions. Before planning your trip, be sure to brush up on Oregon fishing regulations.
Zooming around the wooden oval rink to playful music with a kaleidoscope of colors illuminating room as we make a feeble attempt to defy gravity by holding on to friends and family. There are a lot of fond memories that come with roller skating. And we can relive all those childhood memories now that one of Portland’s last remaining roller rinks has reopened to the public. The Oaks Park Roller Rink offers year-round fun for Portlanders with skating available seven days a week. A three-hour time slot can be booked online in advance of your visit.
Friday morning get out and enjoy unlimited Topgolf game play! That means you’ll get unlimited golf balls from 10 a.m.–noon for only $15 per person.
Holiday Express Train Ride
Have you ever dreamed of riding the Polar Express? Here’s a magical train ride in Portland this holiday season. Join Santa Claus and his elves on the Holiday Express train ride in Portland. This memorable ride behind Portland’s famous steam locomotives lets you travel inside a vintage rail car as you pass by the Willamette River to the heart of the city. The interior of each passenger car is festively decorated in garland, ornaments and lights.
Silverton Christmas Market
Take a drive to the Oregon Garden Resort for the annual Silverton Christmas Market, featuring a dazzling light display, German inspired market and family-friendly activities. This beloved holiday tradition has taken place for more than a decade. Now held at the Oregon Garden Resort, the event incorporates a walk-through light display with the charm of a German Christmas market. You’ll get to stroll down paths with millions of lights while sipping hot chocolate, eating warm food, and shopping the vendor booths for handmade gifts.
Check back every Thursday as we continue to guide you through the weekends with options for outdoor activities, art projects, personal growth opportunities, and so much more!
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