Portland >Arts & Entertainment > Oaks Amusement Park
SE Spokane St, Portland, OR | Directions 9720245.465036 -122.652007
Neighborhoods: Sellwood - Moreland Improvement League, Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program
Year round fun. Ride the rides in the spring & summer, look on their website for BOGO ride bracelet days. Roller skate year round in the historic roller rink. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the day. During the summer they also have designated pre-school days where your young ones can enjoy the park sans all the crowds.
Rides, games, a roller rink, a mini-golf course, and more. A favorite summertime destination. The historic carousel alone is worth the trip.
Worth visiting just for the amazing, restored roller rink. Roller derby is held in the neighboring hangar. Most of the rides are for young children.
Better just go to a county fair, any county fair for more fun and selection. – I have been to a few amusement parks, not just the top brand names but the small little ones scattered all over the country.
I spent a day at the park for a group event with the company I work for and it was a sad dissapointment. Three rides, all 3 of them which are suppose to be somewhat thrilly, were a let down and painfull. The last year or so, a lot of my friends called the roller coaster the neck and back pain coaster and I didn't believe them. Having done it now I can say, it is true and everybody at the event with me talked about how the coaster just hurt and not about it being fun. I don't recall anybody doing it twice. I woke up the next day sore. Sure the screaming eagle was fun and didn't hurt but one ride doesn't make a park.
The only saving grace is the Lewis and Clark Great Adventure. It makes no sense at all, just a scary ride redone to be historical. But it is so awesome because it is so bad. Creepy in a David Lynch way and probably should be featured in some independent college films. Random, nonsensical, half broken, craziness which can't be expressed in words. After the ride you and your friends can spend 20 minutes asking why about everything in the ride, "Why the stobe light eagle?" Why the sexual bumping bear with crazy eyes? Why the indian lady with her back turned doing nothing and looking like a skeleton? Why the exit to the future with day glow drawings?
It would have been good if they just said on a sign, "Oaks Park, just a little better than the traveling carnival which shows up over night at a parking lot at K-Mart with no warning. We don't have Carnies, we have some college and high school kids working here who are clean." And that was the nicest thing about the place, no 40 year old, drugged out, tattooed, scary, running the rides.
Another Example Of "Progress" Laying Waste. – Ah, what can I say that's positive? Not much. This park used to be a wonderful place to go when I was younger, when they had decent rides like the Zipper, Roll-O-Plane, Haunted Castle, etc. The only 'thrill' rides of any substance they have there now are the Screamin' Eagle, Spider, and Rock-O-Plane. Everything else is basically for young children, and the whole place is designed for them, it seems. The once-spooky Haunted Castle (turned into the 'Haunted Mine' in 1981), has been transformend into some sort of Lewis & Clark adventure, if I remember right. Wow. Thirillsville. Urgent sarcasm at work there.
Food? Very, very much overpriced. Of course it is...they're betting that you're not going to take time out of your ride bracelet (a concept that has taken over from buying tickets/ride tokens), that's good for 3 or 4 hours to leave and go to a restaurant or store and come back, right? For $5 or so, I got a cheeseburger that a gas station could have made better.
The park itself is beautiful, and a brochure that boasts the park is located on 'the dramatic Wilamette River' isn't a faux pas. The views of the river are spectacular, the train ride really gets you this view. Although why they haven't rebuilt the charming tunnel the train used to go through is a mystery to me.
The picnic grounds are fantastic, but don't try for them on weekends. The park likes to cater to company picnics those days, and getting a spot is next to impossible. Bring your own food, as stated above. The food in their snack bars is awful.
The roller rink is one area that the current management has wisely decided to leave alone, it has managed to keep its nostalgia through several floods! The Wurlitzer organ is impressive to look at and hear, and there's a unique 'Wave' style floor at the back of the main floor, which is unequaled in look and feel in any other rink in the country.
To sum it up, better rides & food needed. I can't believe this place doesn't have a Zipper.
perfectly charming, low stress. – Looking over historical ads for the park, I see it was once billed as "The Coney Island of the West". Well, I grew up in NYC, and spent tons of time in Coney Island, and, while that great park has suffered the ravages of time and the tawdry, even sleazy developments that came with it, Oaks Park strikes me as a trip in a time machine back to a much smaller version of Coney Island circa 1910. The flowers, the gazebos, the picknickers, the river right there (ok, so it's not the Atlantic ocean, but still, it's sand). Charming and relaxing. It is, first and foremost, a park for children... There are only one or two big thrill rides. Rowdy twentysomethings looking for opportunities to drink too much beer, whoop it up on "x-treme" rides and scare their dates will find little satisfaction here(at least during the day). Those people will have to wait for the temporary and widly overpriced parks that set up on the West side for cinco de mayo and rose festival. The antique carousel is beautiful, (be sure to look for the pair of owls that live up in the roof), and the blend of kiddie rides provides a nice variety of daring for kids of varying "ride tolerance". Adults should be careful with the smaller roller coaster in the kiddie area... it'll do a number on your back! Yes, it is sometimes crowded, but you can always take a little break down on the beach, which is almost always empty, and enjoy the nice view of downtown while waving to the passing boats. Finally, an amusement park that is fun without being completely overwhelming. You will see far fewer crying children and advil gulping parents here than at your average park. The only drawback is the entry fee imposed at Oktoberfest. I wish they simply charged extra to enter the "fest" area, so people like me, who have no interest in it and just want to enjoy regular park features, didn't have to pay for that dubious event.
Thrilling rides, games, golf, skating and more have made this a popular family destination. – In Short
Families enjoy this park's many amenities, which include the Ladybug Children's Theater, a skating rink, picnic grounds and a historical carousel carved by Herschell-Spillman. Guests can also enjoy the thrill rides--including a roller coaster with a 360-degree loop--as well as a go-cart track, mid-sized family rides and a miniature golf course. Other attractions include special events, a waterfront view of the city and a reception hall.
Need to take a good look at a real Park – Portland area should take a good look at a serious Amusment Park, like Cedar Point, Kings Island, or any Six Flags! The Northwest needs It.
GOOD HONEST FUN! – Oaks Park is so much fun and even though I haven't been there in the last couple years, I still have memories that are positive about my experience with this place. The food is good and the rides are great for the type of amusement the park is trying to offer. Bring the kids and get over to Oaks Park and give them lasting memories that they will cherish forever!
Grandchildren place – This is such a great place to take your grandchildren! We have some great memories and photos too from our trips to the park AND the Multnomah Co. Fair as well believe it or not. They loved the Indians, the Army vehicles, etc. It's a hidden treasure....
Old Fashioned Fun is still in – We went to Oaks Amusement Park earlier this summer
during our visit to Portland. It doesn't have high tech stuff
but all the families, teens and preteens we saw we're having
a lot of fun. I like the fact that you don't have to invest a
weeks wages for all day mandatory wristbands for the family. They have that option. Their wristbands are
relatively inexpensive with several discount days.
It's admission free and you can choose to buy tickets for
just the rides you want. We went on the bumper cars which
were very peppy. Our son went on the go karts and had the
time of his life. They also have inexpensive food booths,
arcades, shooting gallery, rides for all thrill levels and
last but not least a person in a squirrel costume who
"talks" to kids and "big kids" like me!
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