There’s a hidden gem in Portland called the Lan Su Chinese Garden. And if you’re lucky enough to be in Portland right now, you can enter for free until Saturday, January 11 with the donation of a non-perishable food item. We went last Sunday. It was freezing. We bundled up and put Future President in the stroller. Bad idea. The garden was not meant for a large jogging stroller. If you take small children, make them walk or plan to carry them, as it’s not the most child-friendly garden.
There are quite a few rock formations, that while gorgeous, are not meant to be climbed on. If you are almost three, you will want to climb on the beautiful rocks, even though they are meant to be gazed upon, not scaled. Like I said, it was freezing the day we visited. The little pond was frozen over in spots and certain areas were roped off because the surfaces were too slippery.
If I had the chance, I would visit again, this time without my very active child. There were gorgeous architectural details to admire and photograph but I was too busy monitoring my son, who really wanted to climb rocks and jump in the pond. It’s not a large garden and just takes up a single city block, but you should allow at least 30 minutes to enjoy the exhibits and tea house. We’ll be back…when Future President is a little older.
If you go:
- Winter Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Regular adult admission: $9.50
- Children under 5: Free