Regardless if you are a local, new, or just happen to pass by the city of Hillsboro, Oregon, here are some of the top ten places you shouldn’t forget dropping by to complete your travel experience!
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1. Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals
The Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals is known to house a first-class collection acknowledged as the finest in the Pacific Northwest. It is located at 26385 NW Groveland Dr, Hillsboro, OR 97124. Aside from rocks and minerals, the museum also showcases fossils, lapidary art, meteorites, and gemstones from all over the world.
2. Rollof Farms
Rollof Farms is famous for being the backdrop for several of the adventures and antics of the Rollof family. Located at about 30 miles west of Portland and north of Hillsboro, the farm had frequently been featured in the sought-after TLC reality series “Little People, Big World.”
The farm has many unique structures initially built as a utopian playland to amuse the now grown Roloff children. Throughout the years, the original and equally fanciful new ones have become famous tourist destinations to people who visit the Rollof Farms during Pumpkin Patch Season when it is open to the public every October.
3. Rood Bridge Park
Rood Bridge Park is a 59-acre community park providing a wide range of recreational activities for guests. Its paved paths guide the way through various natural and developed areas of the park. While soft-surface trails lead further into the wooded and wetland parts around the Tualatin River. There are picnic tables and benches all over the park. The tennis courts, playground, rhododendron garden, several ponds and large lawn areas offer a vast range of options for play and relaxation. Rood Bridge Park is located at 4000 SE Rood Bridge Rd Hillsboro, OR 97123.
4. Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve
This 635-acre wildlife preserve is located within the city of Hillsboro, OR. Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve is open to the public and is an ideal place for bird watching, hiking and looking at wildlife in its natural habitat.
Jackson Bottom had always been an extraordinary place. Back then, natives used the fertile bottom lands to hunt and gather food. Now, it serves as a place of reconnection between people, water, and wildlife.
5. Oregon International Air Show
One of Hillsboro, Oregon’s most significant charity event, the Oregon International Air Show promotes aviation, honors military and veterans, and contributes to charity. It usually draws 65,000 people to the airport each year.
Aside from the entertainment, it gives to the residents and visitors, the air show gave back to the community through financial benefits and had donated over $2.12 million, supporting more than six hundred projects since 1988.
6. The Venetian Theater
Formerly known as the Town Theater, the Venetian Theatre is a performing arts venue, movie theater, and restaurant in downtown Hillsboro, Oregon. Located on the Main Street between Second and Third avenues, the building is a multi-use facility including a restaurant and theater.
Built originally as a bank in 1888 then converted into a theater in 1911, the stage shows movies, is a live music venue, presents live performances, and can be a meeting space. The restaurant offers a European menu that includes soup, pizza, sandwiches, and hamburgers that can be eaten in the theater.
7. Hillsboro Tuesday Market Place
Hillsboro Tuesday Night Market Place is a weekly outdoor festivity and family destination during summer. It features a food Marketplace, shopping, and art, live music, farm, international cuisine, local activities and events in Historic Downtown Hillsboro presented for the community by volunteers.
The Hillsboro Marketplace, as a private non-profit organization, offers a free community gathering place featuring:
- Fresh locally grown produce, plants, and flowers.
- Foods from local restaurateurs
- The best local bands and musical entertainment
- Crafts produced by regional artisans
- A classic car display
- Educational and health programs
- Information from community organizations
8. Hondo Dog Park
As Hillsboro’s first ever off-leash dog park that had opened on September 17, 2007. The park is named after Hondo, a Police K9 Dog Officer who lost his life in the line of duty. Hondo Dog Park features a small dog area, a sizeable mixed-size dog play area, and an exclusive winter use area enjoyable all year-round.
People can visit the park from dawn to dusk every day, just except for Mondays and Thursdays when it’s open from noon to dusk due to maintenance and mowing. The park is designed to be dog-friendly with open grassy areas, dog drinking water stations, trees for shade, and two defunct hydrants installed and painted by volunteers.
9. Hillsboro Ballpark
Hillsboro Ballpark, now known as Ron Tonkin Field, is a baseball park in Hillsboro, Oregon. Its stadium has 3,534 seats with a capacity of 4,500 spectators and is home for the Hillsboro Hops.
The ballpark can be located next to Hillsboro Stadium, a multi-sport stadium owned by the city, with both fields situated inside Gordon Faber Recreation Complex. When not in use by the Hops, Ron Tonkin Field is available for other baseball games, as well as lacrosse and soccer.
10. Smith Berry Barn
Smith Berry Barn is the ideal agri-tourism stop for people visiting Oregon. The farm is known for being the “silicon forest” and has some excellent family farms with hayrides, stores, tours and the like.
The market has varieties of produce, depending on the season. It started out as a u-pick raspberry farm in 1978 and now expanded to a 30-acre family farm offering more than just berries. Smith Berry Barn feels a lot less like a farm, but more of a family enterprise aiming to give people the best, freshest local products possible.