Sellwood-Moreland

If you plan on visiting a historic place in Portland, the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood is the place to go to.

Just a few minutes away from downtown Portland, the neighborhood boasts of an array of vintage vendors, shops, restaurants, and wildlife all rolled into one.

One favorite place to see is the Oaks Amusement Park and Roller Skating Rink which is located on the eastern side of the Willamette River.

It is known to be one of the oldest amusement parks still in operation today.

The Amusement Park has been giving families carnival thrills and attractions since 1905. The 18-hectare property has rides, games, go-carts, mini-golf, mini train and roller skating for everyone to experience and enjoy.

Get that adrenaline rush as you tackle the Zero Gravity ride which spins fast enough to stick passengers to the wall as it twirls high above the ground.

The Adrenaline Peak Roller Coaster showcases a 72-foot vertical drop and 360-degree loop. The Tree Top Drop will drop you from a 45-foot height while the Screamin Eagle will push riders 70 feet into the air.

For slower rides that kids can enjoy, there are Toon Cars and the classic Big Pink Slide. For little ones with a taste for more thrill, they have the Zoom Coaster to give them a bit of adrenaline rush.

The vintage carousel is a ride that dates back to 1911 and showcases hand-carved horses and gives riders a breathtaking view of the Willamette River and downtown Portland once you get to the top of the Ferris wheel.

Another vintage attraction is the roller rink where you can rent skates and attend classes. This is no ordinary skating rink, it’s the biggest on the West Coast and is the home to the Rose City Rollers of the roller derby league. It is also the last skating rink to feature live music coming from a huge Wurlitzer pipe organ from the ceiling.

After your Amusement Park adventure, go bring your trail shoes and go for a hike at the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. Go through a trail which winds through 170 acres of marshland that is home to around 150 species of birds. Get the chance to spot the Blue Heron which is Portland’s official bird.

End your tiring day with a microbrew at Muddy Rudder Public House. It is a famous local hangout that used to be a bungalow converted into a place where live music and daily happy hour can be enjoyed.

Shopping addicts can take a stroll along the quiet and walkable retail outlets at Sellwood Moreland. The area is a throwback to the pre-Internet age of shopping and is a haven for collectors. This area is a magnet for antique hunters and the first stop is usually at the Stars Antique Mall.

The large store is owned by three friends who are passionate about collecting and has turned it into a successful business. It houses nearly 200 dealers and is open 7 days a week. If by chance, you were not able to find what you were looking for, you can check out the Antique Mall’s sister store, Stars and Splendid which is just a few steps away across the street.

For shoppers who want a more contemporary line up of goodies, Tilde is the shop for you. They have handbags and unique baubles from Portland’s local producers.

Children and adults who love crafts will enjoy their trip to art supply store Collage. Get your stocks of crafting gear or come up with new project ideas as you tour the store. Weekend demonstrations can teach you some new tricks or two.