Hillsboro, Oregon: Where Beer, Birds, Baseball, Farms and Technology Meet
Hillsboro is Washington County’s largest city—and the county seat—with a population exceeding 101,000. It is also among the oldest communities in the state.
With the emergence of the technology sector, as part of the region’s “Silicon Forest,” Hillsboro is home to some of technology’s biggest and brightest names, and this city continues to grow.
The city boasts several parks and sports fields, and Hillsboro has a state-of-the-art stadium, which is home to a Single-A, minor-league baseball team, the Hillsboro Hops.
Hillsboro is the Tualatin Valley’s “beervana,” with several craft breweries centrally located near the eastern edge of the city.
Hillsboro offers a plethora of activities in addition to sports. The Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, attracts hundreds of birds—and bird watchers— annually, while unique museums showcase a variety of exhibits from yesteryear and today: Five Oaks Museum, and Classic Aircraft Aviation Museum.
The Washington County Fair Complex, located near the airport, and with a dedicated stop along the MAX light-rail transit line, is home to many of Tualatin Valley’s largest annual events, such as the Washington County Fair. Currently under construction is the new Wingspan Events and Conference Center, which will be Tualatin Valley’s first conference center, which will attract larger events and meetings to this growing destination.
Hillsboro’s quaint downtown area has transformed into the city’s arts and cultural hub with a selection of galleries, antique shops, a museum, live music venues and two live theatre companies, all located on or near Main Street.
Main Street Hillsboro is the city’s cultural center, with attractions such as the Walters Cultural Arts Center, which features art exhibits and live performances, Hillsboro Artists’ Regional Theatre, and Bag&Baggage Theatre Company. Several shops, antique stores and restaurants—including one of the very few pharmacy lunch counters in the region—and Primrose & Tumbleweeds, which houses the largest selection of Oregon wines available under one roof, also are located on Main Street.
The Hillsboro Farmers Market (Saturdays, May through October) and the popular Hillsboro Tuesday Marketplace (Tuesdays, June-August), and the First Tuesday Art Walk, an evening of new exhibits, receptions and conversations, each set up shop on Main Street.
Hillsboro is home to several of Tualatin Valley's best-known breweries. Take a tour through this growing beer destination.
Catch a game of Single-A baseball and see the Hillsboro Hops. The team has dominated the Northwest since it came to the Tualatin Valley.
Hillsboro has a diverse selection of restaurants, ranging from authentic Indian cuisine and Mexican specialties to an old-fashioned counter at a pharmacy and fountain.
Over the last 15 years, a variety of murals, some as large as billboards, have been painted on the side of buildings bringing pops of color to the city streets.
In Tualatin Valley, we have amazing variety and some Portland favorites are even moving out to Beaverton and beyond. Not only do we have some great options, there are famous foodies among us!
Tualatin Valley is a beautiful area with farms, forests and trails to delight every outdoor enthusiast. But if the cold, rainy weather gets you down, there’s still plenty of fun to be had indoors.