Fun Things to Do in Hillsboro and Beaverton, Oregon

Road Leading to Vineyard with Big Trees and Wine Barrels
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The fifth and sixth largest Oregon cities by population, Hillsboro and Beaverton, located in the north part of Oregon's Washington County, offer many activities and attractions for visitors, whether you arrive on business or for pleasure. Located in a relatively-flat valley west of Portland, Hillsboro and Beaverton are part of the Silicon Forest, home to such major companies as Intel and Nike. US Highway 26 is the major freeway through the valley, with many travelers passing through on their way between Portland and the ‚ÄčOregon Coast communities of Astoria, Seaside, or Cannon Beach. With the Tualatin River winding through the valley, the Hillsboro region is lush and fertile, and parks and green spaces are abundant.

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    Parks and Outdoor Activities

    Nature and the outdoors are tops among the fun things to do in Hillsboro and Beaverton. There are numerous parks where you can experience nature, throw a Frisbee, play a game, or simply relax with friends and family. The region has several golf courses, gardens, and recreation trails where you can get in some physical activity while enjoying the Oregon outdoors. Birding, paddling, and hiking are among the outdoor activities you'll encounter along the winding Tualatin River as well as local creeks and wetlands.

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    In addition to sharing the history and culture of the region, the Washington County Museum presents traveling exhibitions on many fascinating topics, from comics to astronomy. Items displayed from the museum's own collection include the original 1853 county jail, Native American artifacts, historic photographs, and items related to local industry. The Washington County Museum is located at the Hillsboro Civic Center Plaza Building.

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    Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals Master Gallery
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    Rock hounds, geologists, budding scientists, and anyone who loves pretty shiny things will enjoy a visit to this unassuming yet impressive Hillsboro museum. Located in a historic ranch-style home, the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals displays gems, fossils, meteorites, crystals, lapidary specimens, petrified wood, and much more in themed galleries. The Northwest Mineral Gallery features treasures from Oregon, including the world's largest "opal"-filled thunder egg. The Rice Northwest Museum's gift shop offers books and supplies, collectible stones and mineral specimens, and jewelry.

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    Wineries and Breweries

    Oregon is well known for its wineries and craft breweries. Artisan distilled spirits are an emerging specialty as well. Here are some local wineries, breweries, and distilleries that are fun places to visit.

    Cornelius Pass Roadhouse & Imbrie Hall (Hillsboro)
    Enjoy McMenamin's hospitality indoors and out at this historic farmstead with an onsite brewery and distillery.

    Ponzi Vineyards (Beaverton)
    Visitors to Ponzi Vineyards have the opportunity to check out the historic cellar, vineyards, and winery grounds, and to sample Ponzi's acclaimed wines, which includes Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and White Riesling.

    Oak Knoll Winery (Hillsboro)
    The tasting room at Oak Knoll Winery, located in their bottle-aging cellar, is a cool place to relax and sample their award-winning Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir wines.

    Vertigo Brewery & Taproom (Hillsboro)
    You can learn about and sample the variety of Vertigo microbrews at the tasting room, located adjacent to the Vertigo Brewery.

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    Theater and Live Entertainment

    There are several venues in Hillsboro and Beaverton where you can enjoy the performing arts.

    This Hillsboro professional theater company produces well-known plays in novel ways, performing at the Venetian Theatre.

    Beaverton Civic Theatre
    Performing at the Beaverton City Library Auditorium, this volunteer theater company offers a varied schedule that includes comedies, dramas, and holiday plays.

    Hillsboro Artists' Repertory Theatre (HART)
    HART Theatre performs at their own venue, offering several productions each season.

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    Occupying its own hangar at the Hillsboro Airport, the Classic Aircraft Aviation Museum showcases aircraft and aviation equipment. The focus is on Cold-War-Era fighter jets from all over the world, but you'll see planes and artifacts of other types and other eras as well. In addition to being a living history museum, the Classic Aircraft Aviation Museum offers air shows and special events throughout the year.