Take a Day Trip: What to See, Eat & Explore in Lake Oswego

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Looking for a day trip that doesn’t take half your day just to get there? Nearby Lake Oswego is chock full of awesome kid-friendly places and activities that will make a staycation become the perfect vacation. Here’s our guide for all the hot spots around the lake.

See Art Around Lake Oswego

Check out this uber cool art piece. This is just one of the many gems around Lake Oswego, so keep reading to see more!

Fuel Up: Chuck's Place

Get your coffee where the locals do – at Chuck’s Place. This shop's motto is “The coffee is serious. Chuck isn’t," which means you know that’s a place you want to hang. It's also known as much for its cookies as its coffee, so don't forget to grab some for later.

(148 SW B Ave., Lake Oswego, Or 97034 | 503-675-7861or chucksplaceonb.com/)

Play At Play Boutique

Burn off that sugar with "mess free" playdate? Check out Play Boutique's open space. Parents have to stay on premise, but you can be as involved as you please while your kids run, crawl and make a mess in an awesome space (aka not your house)! Stay and Play is open Saturday from 10:30am - 6:30pm, and other various times during the week.

(464 First St., Lake Oswego, Or 97034. | 503-6757-529 or playboutique.com/)

Run Around At George Rogers Park

George Rogers Park is a local fave, with an awesome play structure with ample shade on hot days. Their roomy sand box is always populated with a fleet of trucks and cars. And don't forget to bring some bread scraps to feed the ducks and geese as you stroll down the Willamette River shoreline.

(503-675-2549 or ci.oswego.or.us/parksrec/george-rogers-park)

Bike At Foothills Park

Take a break from play structures and head down to Foothills Park.  Budding cyclists will love the cool paved loop that begs for wheels of any kind. Your trekkers will be in full view while you lounge on the huge green space. There’s a little wading stream for cooling off tired feet or holding impromptu leaf races.

(503-675-2549 or ci.oswego.or.us/parksrec/foothills-park)

Stop for Lunch at Lake Oswego Ice Creamery

Take a lunch break at Lake Oswego Ice Creamery. This sweet spot is the place to go for great grilled food  that's fresh and locally made. Their burgers are 100% deliciousness, and if that's not enough, kids are going to love the amazing ice cream treats. Flavors switch seasonally, so you'll never get enough of this cute, old-fashioned eatery.

(37 A Ave., Lake Oswego, Or 97034 | 503-675-7861or lakeoswegoicecreameryandrestaurant.com)

Shop Til You (Almost) Drop

Get your shop on right across the street at The Glass Butterfly, a locally owned fave full of kids’ brands you’ll recognize. Their toys and accessories are offered at great prices, and just a FYI, there's cool stuff for moms too.

(140 A Ave., Lake Oswego, Or 97034  | 503-636-9043 or glassbutterflyoregon.com/)

Then hop on over to Frog Pond Toys, also locally owned, natch, which calls itself “fun, safe and green." Hands-on fun is super encouraged at this toy venue. While your kiddo scurries about in their playland heaven, you’ll can admire the forest ambience and relaxing colors and tones.

(310 North State St, Lake Oswego, Or 97034 | 503-697-3764 or frogpondtoys.com/)

Willamette Trolley via Facebook

All Aboard!

Finish up the day with a ride on the restored Willamette Shore Trolley, which will open this spring (Check website for schedule!). The roundtrip ride is chock full of great scenery and interesting local historical notes.

(211 N State St, Lake Oswego, Or 97034 | 503-697-7436 or oerhs.org/)

Dinner To Go: Nicoletta’s Table and Marketplace

Wait! Don’t leave yet! After your fun-filled day the last thing you want to do is cook! Grab some gourmet Italian to go at Nicoletta’s Table and Marketplace. We think your kids will be partial to Luigi's Mac & Cheese with Smoked Gouda, but there are tons of delish options to go around.

(333 South State St. Suite M, Lake Oswego Or 97034 | 503-699-2927 or nicolettastable.com/)

Did we miss any of your Lake go-tos? Let us know in the comments section below.

— Cathie Ericson

All photos by Cathie Ericson unless indicated otherwise



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