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BEST FUN THINGS TO DO IN TIGARD

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THINGS TO DO IN TIGARD

Tigard Balloon Festival 2010
Tigard Balloon Festival 2010 | Photo Credit – Randy Kashka

Part of the Portland metropolitan area, Tigard is a city in Oregon, United States. It is situated in the Washington county of Oregon state, besides the Tualatin River in Willamette Valley. It is packed with popular travel destinations that offer various activities like adventure, nature retreat, and recreation, great parks, entertainment, etc.

We suggest you go through the city’s official Covid 19 pandemic updates and guidelines before planning your trip to have a great hassle-free travel experience here.

Here are some of the top things to do in Tigard, Oregon-

BROADWAY ROSE THEATER COMPANY

Musical Theater | Photo Credit – torbakhopper

Broadway Rose Theater Company at 17005 SW Grant Ave, Tigard, Oregon is a critically acclaimed professional musical company. It produces numerous main-stage and children’s musical productions. Workshops to upcoming teen artists are also provided here. It was established in 1992 and has been earning national recognition since then.

The purpose of this company is “To create unparalleled musical theater experiences that invigorate audiences and enrich our communities.” The company has won various top category awards including Drammy, Portland Area Musical Theater Award.

Visitors can see inexpensive shows here. The home of Broadway Rose is The New Stage near Tigard’s downtown. In summer, they perform at the Tigard High School’s auditorium. Top famous musicals such as Les Misérables, The Addams Family, Guys, and Dolls, etc. have been produced and performed here.

In November, they host a Santa Sing-Along for the kids.

Check their website to know more about the programs they’ll be hosting at the time of your visit. 

JOHN W TIGARD HOUSE

This house at 17005 SW 92nd Ave, Tigard was built in 1880. The house is a 1 ½ floored wooden building in the Queen Anne style of architecture. The house is a part of the Tigard Historical Association. After its restoration, the house was opened for the public to see it as a museum. There is an apple orchard outside the house. The John Tigard house is used to host various events. 

The museum is free for the public and it hosts an open house every month. In December, it is decorated for the Christmas celebration.

BRIDGEPORT VILLAGE

Jimmy John's counter-serve sandwich shop and Baja Fresh Mexican Grill at 11681 SW Pacific Hwy, Tigard
Jimmy John’s counter-serve sandwich shop | Photo Credit – Will Buckner

Bridgeport Village is a place to have lots of family fun. It is also an outdoor shopping place. The village has interesting architecture where you can find both local and world-famous boutiques and stores.

It is popular for offering a range of activities for friendly fun things such as watching a movie, going to a farmers market, dining, picnicking, etc. There are also a lot of dining places and bars with a menu of all budget ranges including cheap snack stalls to upscale Japanese restaurants.

Club Bridgeport offers free kids entertainment in summer. The Bridgeport village also has an IMAX hall called Regal Cinema. Visitors can enjoy a movie for just $1 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in summer. Even Barnes and Noble host their events around the calendar such as storytime, game nights, etc. here. 

Other facilities of the Bridgeport village include valet parking, concierge services etc.

Click here to know more about the events at the village.

LIVE LAUGH LOVE ART

This is a large, well maintained place where your inner creative genius can come out. Another friendly place to have a lot of fun with kids. Visitors can paint ceramics, wooden signs, clay, glass canvas here.

They can also enjoy glass blowing and fusion, and welding here during the Walk-in and create sessions. Check their website here to find more about the sessions

COOK PARK

Tualatin River Tigard, Oregon
Tualatin River Tigard, Oregon | Photo Credit – SoulRider.222

The largest park in the city of Tigard, Oregon, Cook Park is another family-friendly location of the city. The park has a well-equipped children’s playground and picnic ground. The park’s location is on the picturesque bank of the Tualatin River. It has the best water current for the beginner level of various water activities.

The Cook park is famous for hosting activities like boating, paddling, bird watching, photography etc. There are ramps by which boats can be released into the river. Rentals including canoe, kayak, paddleboard etc are available at the Tualatin River Keepers store here at the Cook Park.

Other facilities of the park include covered picnic shelters, a wooded region, a wetland area, a grassy open space, etc. There is even a butterfly park that has lots of butterfly-friendly plantations. The shelters are used to host private or corporate gatherings on rent.

You can see birds like great blue heron, mammals like river otters and other animals are also seen at Cook Park.

Find more about the rentals available at the park here.

SUMMERLAKE PARK

Summerlake Park TIGARD Oregon
Summerlake park | Photo Credit – Andrew

This Park is home to Summer lake and is another popular park in the city. It is a 30-acre park that has attractions like a dog park, rhododendron park, ball fields, BBQ grills, etc.

The park is also famous for its multipurpose trails which can be used for walking, jogging, strolling, etc. In April and May, the park’s rhododendron gardens become a big hit as it is their season to bloom.

Facilities of the park include picnic tables and shelter rentals, drinking structures, horseshoe pits, play structures, tennis, basketball courts, and two playgrounds.

WESTSIDE AND GYMNASTIC ACADEMY

zip line | Photo Credit- Tricia Lewis

This is the place for the parents who want to enjoy a night out as they offer babysitting services from 6.30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and serves pizza as dinner to avoid any fuss! Both parents and kids under six have access to large gyms and activities like zip lines, trampoline, foam pit etc during Indoor Play Park hours.

The academy also offers classes for dancing and gymnastics.

Check their website to know more about their current schedules.

iFLY

Ifly Skydiving | Photo Credit – Giulio

For more adventure-oriented family fun, visit the Portland center of iFLY. Here you can experience skydiving indoors. Kids above the age of three years and willing adults of all age groups are eligible for this activity. Under the supervision of flying instructors, flyers are given access to a giant, vertical wind tunnel with the safety of only 250 pounds of air. 

Willing participants can soar up to 40 feet till the top end of the wind tunnel. Go through available programs at iFLY Portland here.

WASHINGTON SQUARE MALL

Tigard, Washington square mall
Washington square mall | Photo Credit – camknows

Another good shopping destination in Tigard, Washington square mall is a place that also offers kids friendly things near its location. This makes it one of the favorites among the parents. Attractions near it include a play area near JCPenney, Lego Store, Apple Store, Pottery Barn Kids, Hanna Anderson, See’s Candies etc.

Pottery Barn Kids host various storytime programs and Hanna Anderson hosts numerous things like pajama parties etc. Visit See’s Candies for a free sample of sugary goodness.

Washing Square Mall itself has a variety of stores including departmental stores, boutiques, food shops etc. Check its website to know more about the stores and events here.

TIGARD DOWNTOWN

Fanno Creek Trail in downtown Tigard. The homeless people had just vacated from under the bridge.
Fanno Creek Trail in downtown Tigard | Photo Credit – John Floyd

Downtown Tigard has it all. It is a historic and walkable region that has unique museums, and shopping, dining, and drinking places. A lot of things here are still under development, but don’t let that stop you from exploring Downtown. Tigard Outdoor Museum is an art and history lover one of the top things to do in Tigard.

A downtown is also a place where various things like Taste of Tigard, Street Fair, Latino Fair, Art Walk, and Farmer’s Market are hosted across the year. It is also the place where Tigard’s local art scene is showcased in the form of murals, street art installations, etc.

The restaurants here have a menu that will satisfy people of all cuisines.

TIGARD BALLOON FESTIVAL

Tigard Festival of Balloons
Tigard Festival of Balloons | Photo Credit – Randy Kashka

One of the most unique and best things to do in Tigard is to attend its annual Festival of Balloons. It is a 3-day weekend fest. The festival features hot air balloons, live bands, craft and vendor booths, food stalls, carnival rides, and games.

Almost 20 balloons are launched in the sky every morning during the festival. Tethered balloon rides are offered at this festival from which you can see a view from the top. Other things to do at the Tigard Balloon festival are Night Glow, Rogue Beer Garden, Festival Cars, etc.

The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport Village is festival’s HQ hotel.

Kids under the age of 6 have free access to the festival. People from all over the cities near Portland Metropolitan Area attend this fest.

Check here to know about the sales of the tickets of this festival.

PLACES TO EAT

There are a lot of best and kids friendly restaurants to eat at in Tigard, Oregon. Max’s Fanno Creek Pub at the Fanno Creek Trail is the best place where you can enjoy a menu of freshly brewed craft beer in a kid-friendly environment. 

Native’s Food Cafe at Bridgeport Village has a vegan food menu. It is one of the best restaurant chains in America. A place is best known for its dumplings menu, Din Tai Fung is also a very popular food place in Tigard.

Situated at SW Washington Square Rd, Tigard, OR 97223, it has the best dishes from Taiwanese cuisine. 

Another popular dining place is Sanchez Taqueria at SW Pacific Hwy, Tigard, OR 9722. It is also popular among kids as the best place to indulge in baked goodies. The restaurant is best known for its authentic Mexican dishes and drinks.

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