One of the few remaining US parks that is within the limits of a major city, this is a traditional amusement park that, even with technological advances, remains true to its roots.
Since the park is situated along the banks of the Willamette River and populated with old oak trees, you can truly really escape the city feel.
This park oozes character as it blends old-school rides with a couple of more-modern flats. This is the only park where you can experience both a Rock-O-Plane and Lusse Bumper Cars.
Most of the rides can be enjoyed by the whole family, and the park has a free picnic area, making it a popular spot for locals. There is only one major food concession stand that serves traditional park favorites at a fair price.
Oaks Amusement Park is certainly not a large park, and most of their rides are standard carnival attractions, but it is still a nice place to spend some time on an evening in Portland. The park is located in a larger community park, which gives it a nice setting and atmosphere, and there are several non-ride attractions available (including mini-golf and roller skating) for those who don't like carnival rides. The park is also one of the cheapest I have visited: free parking, free admission, and (as of this writing) $15 for unlimited rides. Despite visiting on a Saturday evening, crowds were low. Sadly, some of the park's older classic attractions, like the Lewis and Clark dark ride and Scooter Cars, are no longer in operation.
You might look at past trip reports or at the ride selection in the park index and think, what a crap hole, but thats far from the truth. The park offers cheap admission prices and food and beverage prices and has everything you need to get your amusement fix from their custom made looper to a cheesy dark ride, to the absolute best Loose Skooters I've ever been on.
I enjoyed this park so much, that I returned two days later before I left town! For sure a must on your todo list.
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