There is a lot to do around here. But this is big country! So some driving is required to see it all.
Individual hikes in these areas are not listed, but there are literally hundreds of them, and many are spectacular. Hiking is the best way to see many of these areas.
Whether you like zoos and museums, the beach or the mountains, or hikes and wildlife parks, there is anything you want to see and do here.
Battle Ground State Park - Lake with lots of walking trails
Fort Vancouver - Historical site
Oaks Park - Amusement park
Oregon Maritime Center & Museum - Sternwheeler Portland
Northwest Woodworking Studio - Woodworking school
Portland Metropolitan Exposition Center - Check for possible events of interest
Oregon Convention Center Home Page - Check for possible events of interest
Powells Books - Used, New, and Out of Print - World famous, huge, fun.
White Heart Forge - Blacksmith lessons
Forge Parkour - Lessons and open gym
Metalwood Salvage - Learn to weld, for artists
Spartan Race every August
Other events here: http://www.xdogevents.com/
Seattle is about 2.5 hours from here. Tacoma is an hour and a half.
Center for Wooden Boats– You can rent a small sailboat here, and they have a kayak program.
Northwest Trek - A wildlife park
https://bloedelreserve.org/ - Botanic Garden
Olympia Farmer's Market the best one around, but there are many others
Astoria and Long Beach are an hour to an hour and a half from here. Cape Foulweather and Newport are closer to four hours drive time.
Fort Stevens State Park - Including the South Jetty of the Columbia River
Bonneville Dam Power House Tours - Underwater viewing of the fish ladder too!
Bonneville Fish Hatchery - Feed the fish, underwater viewing of massive sturgeon
Oregon Garden - Silverton, Oregon
At the coast, in the gorge, and in the mountains there are tons of hikes! See the separate tab for hikes.