BRG | Feb 1, 2024 | 0
Explore Winter Activities In Tualatin Valley Not far from your own backyard
During winter months, there is no shortage of things to see and do in Tualatin Valley. From brisk nature walks to winter wine tasting, here are some ideas to explore not far from your own backyard.
Observe birds of prey at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge (19255 SW Pacific Hwy, Sherwood; fws.gov/refuge/tualatin_river/) and Jackson Bottom Wetlands (2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy., Hillsboro; jacksonbottom.org/). The winter months are prime sightings for bald eagles, red tail hawks, and other birds of prey. Watch these birds in action along the parks’ trails, which are open year-round from dawn until dusk (no dogs or cycling is allowed at the nature parks).
Escape the winter weather by exploring indoor fun and games. Next Level Pinball Shop and Museum (1458 NE 25th Ave., Hillsboro; nextlevelpinballmuseum.com) is the largest pinball and retro gaming arcade in the Pacific Northwest, with more than 230 pinball machines and 265 arcade games. Portland Rock Gym: Beaverton (10860 SW Barnes Road, Beaverton; portlandrockgym.com/beaverton), which is one of the largest bouldering gyms in the country, is now open. In addition to these, there are several indoor attractions in Tualatin Valley, including escape rooms, bowling and entertainment centers, skydiving, parkour and more.
Chilly winter days call for a trip to a coffeehouse for a hot beverage. Skip the chain shops and support your local coffee shops where baristas carefully craft coffee drinks that will stave off the chill of winter. While Portland touts some serious espresso, don’t overlook the expert and small-batch roasters in Tualatin Valley. Our local coffee roasters help put Tualatin Valley on the map of the ever-growing coffee-culture scene in the region.
Wine tasting is a year-round activity, and this winter, sip your way through the Tualatin Valley wine country, the closest wine country to PDX. Nearly 40 wineries are located in Tualatin Valley, with most open year-round. Beginners and connoisseurs alike can savor the taste of Oregon wines with flights and glasses of estate-grown Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling and other varieties.
Not really a fan of wine? Not to worry, take a late afternoon tour of Tualatin Valley’s breweries along the Tualatin Valley Ale Trail (tvaletrail.com). With more than 24 breweries, Tualatin Valley’s craft breweries produce a diverse selection of ales, lagers, IPAs, porters and more. Or stop at a cidery, such as 19 Acres Cider (18055 SW Seiffert Road, Sherwood; 19acres.com), which is owned by Oregon Heritage Farms and produces hard cider from apples grown on the farm.
For more winter inspiration, and to learn more, visit tualatinvalley.org.