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Last-Minute Spring Break Ideas


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Last-Minute Spring Break Ideas

The days may be getting longer, but it’s still easy for us to save vacation planning until the last minute. Tired of researching the best places for your last-minute spring break? Fear not, we did the planning for you.

Tualatin Valley is an ideal getaway for a spring break. Why? Because we have a multitude of activities that are sure to please even the most cynical traveler in your family. With activities like these, turn those frowns upside down and add a splash of laughter to boot.

Indoor Adventures

Adventure seekers of all abilities and all ages can experience the thrill of free falling, all under the guidance of a trainer at iFly Indoor Skydiving. Fun for ages 3 and older, family packages are available.

The Smithsonian-affiliated Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals has a large and impressive collection of rocks and geological wonders that will fascinate kids, teens and adults alike.

Topgolf, located in Hillsboro, is another great place for all ages. Hit golf balls from the high-tech hitting bays, nosh on family-friendly foods, and adults can imbibe on wine, beer and cocktails.

Outdoor Adventures

Kids and the young at heart can explore the wonders of nature at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. Touch the hands-on exhibits in the Wildlife Center, then walk the one-mile trail through different habitats. Try to spot the birds and mammals that flock to the refuge.

Outdoor enthusiasts will thrill in the sensation of zipping in the trees at Pumpkin Ridge Zip Tour. With heights of up 120 feet, this zip line adventure features seven zips and three suspension bridges, making a day in the trees exciting for the adventure-seekers in your family (ages 8 and older).

The family that cycles together, stays together, and in Tualatin Valley there is no better cycling route than the Banks-Vernonia State Trail. This car-free, rail-to-trail path guides through forests and over trestles. The 21-mile linear trail is excellent for beginning cyclists, yet is also enjoyable for advanced riders as well.

Family Dining

Out of this World Pizza is a wild, space-themed pizza-and-play place fun for both kids and adults. This popular spot is home to Deep Space Brewing, so  the over-21 “kids” in the group can partake in Oregon craft brews by the pint or taste.

The Lodge at Cascade Brewing  is a family-friendly brewpub that offers a kids menu (kids eat free on Mondays), a variety-filled menu for adults, and for the 21-and-older crowd, a beer list featuring 18 of Cascade Brewing’s acclaimed beers, including their claim to fame: sour beers.


Hotels for All Budgets

Our hotels are close to Portland and have many urban amenities, but are only a fraction of the cost. Plus, parking is always free!

Things to Do

Outdoor Recreation

Plan your own personalized getaway with our guide to everything to see and do in Tualatin Valley.

Events & Festivals

What's Happening?

See what events are planned throughout Tualatin Valley. Find family-friendly festivals, wine tasting events and everything in between.