What to do and see in Gladstone, United States: The Best Places and Tips

July 27, 2017 Concepcion Newsome

Gladstone is a city located in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States. The population was 11,491 at the 2010 census. Gladstone is an approximately 4-square-mile (10 km) suburban community, 12 miles (19 km) south of Portland, the largest city in Oregon, and located at the confluence of the Clackamas and Willamette rivers.
Restaurants in Gladstone

1. Oregon City Municipal Elevator

Railroad & 7th Street, Oregon City, OR 97045 +1 503-994-6633
Excellent
53%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 133 reviews

Oregon City Municipal Elevator

The Oregon City Municipal Elevator has been in operation for over 100 years. The original elevator was constructed in 1915. It was powered by hydrolics and took about three minutes to reach the top of the bluff. In 1925 it was converted to electric power that was being generated by the water flowing from the Willamette river. The current elevator was completed in May of 1955. It was included on the National Register of Historic places in May of 2014. The elevator is owned by Oregon City and staffed by the Downtown Oregon City Association. Current hours are Monday-Saturday 7am-7pm and Sunday 10am-7pm.

Reviewed By MouseDance - Frederick

This elevator gives Oregon City something unique to brag about, and it's definitely work a few minutes to stop in and see it. But it's really odd. It overlooks the town below and contains panels that flip from old to new as you walk past. They're a bit hard to see, but kind of interesting.

2. Bob's Red Mill Tour

13521 SE Pheasant Ct, Milwaukie, OR 97222-1248
Excellent
75%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 67 reviews

Bob's Red Mill Tour

Tours start at 10 am sharp, M-F. Come and learn about the wonderful world of stone grinding whole grains on a free guided tour of the BRM manufacturing facility. Our friendly 'Grain Guides' provide you with a brief history of how Bob and Charlee Moore championed the goodness of simple, natural whole grains and created a company now respected around the world. You will watch the action of a working mill as seen through our viewing windows. Questions are welcome during a discussion about the healthful benefits of our wide variety of grain products. Everyone leaves with a free sample. Tours generally last about 1 1/2 hours. Following the tour our visitors are invited to travel one mile to our Whole Grain Store and Cafe for lunch and shopping. Both of our buildings are accessible to everyone and families are always welcome.

Reviewed By Paul_R_8208 - Oceanside, Oregon

We toured the factory, which was fun. The tour guides were entertaining and knowledgeable. The tour lasted about 90 minutes. We received some free samples after the tour ended. Next, we ate at the restaurant. The food was tasty and healthy. The portions were large and the price was reasonable. We also bought a number of items from the shop.

3. Lake Oswego Farmers' Market

200 First St., Millennium Plaza Park, Lake Oswego, OR
Excellent
75%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 93 reviews

Lake Oswego Farmers' Market

Reviewed By Patricia G - Ajijic, Mexico

We wandered through the Farmers market one Saturday morning in July, sampling the many flavors of Oregon (cherries, peaches, honey, coffee, breakfast tacos...) enjoying live music, smelling the fresh flowers and lavender, and of course people watching. It is a great place for brunch with cafe tables in the back. I liked talking with the vendors, all passionate about their food .

4. Clackamas Town Center

12000 SE 82nd Ave, Happy Valley, OR 97086-7721 +1 503-653-6913
Excellent
43%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 63 reviews

Clackamas Town Center

Reviewed By William F - Happy Valley, Oregon

We were at the P.E. on a Wednesday, a little after 1:30 p.m. and found the server to be rather perfunctory and rushed in her job. Not rude, but seemingly disinterested in answering questions or being of any service other than dishing up chow mein or rice. Then, three of the selections were out, I mean only scraps in the serving containers. When I asked about how long of a wait it would be, was told only 10-12 minutes. Hold on, this is supposed to be mall fast food. I settled for a Panda bowl of Grilled Teriyaki Chicken which was tasty, but the server cut the chicken pieces only part of the way through instead of completing the cut into individual portions. My spouse ordered Kung Pao Chicken which was tasty, but the chow mein had a burned or scorched flavor. The meal were mostly average, below the standards of other Panda Express locations.

5. Mount Talbert Nature Park

10695 SE Mather Rd, Clackamas, OR 97015-8249 +1 503-742-4353
Excellent
37%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 29 reviews

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Reviewed By Jetspeed219 - Happy Valley, Oregon

My wife and I hike this trail pretty regularly. It's close by, but is secluded enough from the city to make you feel like you are away from civilization. It's about 2.4 miles around the lower portion which is perfect for us. If you are wanting a little bit more, just head up to the upper portion.

6. Camassia Natural Area

5000 Walnut Street, West Linn, OR +1 503-802-8100
Excellent
60%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 20 reviews

Camassia Natural Area

Reviewed By Ed T - West Linn, Oregon

Camassia Natural Area is directly behind West Linn High School's football and baseball fields. It extends to the east of Wilderness Park and south to nearly Sunset Avenue. Camassia can be accessed from the high school, Walnut St., Wilderness Park, and other less traveled streets. Dogs are not allowed - even on a leash. This restriction is purported to save local flora and fauna that might be otherwise compromised by canines ( though I have witnessed coyotes, deer, raccoons, skunks, and other free roaming mammals in the area from time to time). The preserve is an ecological wonder sometimes visited by high school science classes, but other than school, I have rarely witnessed very many visitors to the park. The geographic history is fascinating as the area was once a quarry for the nearby Willamette Falls Locks (another very interesting nearby feature) where the basalt columns were mined for the Locks construction more than a hundred years ago. But predating the quarry, the area was wiped clean of top-soil and vegetation by the Bretz (or Missoula) floods many millennia ago. These floods account for the unusual shallow soil, many rock formations, several year-round ponds, and an oak savannah surrounded by meadows of camas lilies (where the area draws it's name) and woods of ferns, douglas fir, fawn lilies, trillium and many other plant species not found anywhere else so saturated by urban sprawl. Yes , there is quite a bit of poison oak - but the old adage should keep you safe. Stay on the paths and "leaves of three - leave it be"
As almost no one goes there, Camassia Natural Area is a great place to have a quiet exploration without ever really straying far from home.

7. End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

1726 Washington St, Oregon City, OR 97045-1058 +1 503-657-9336
Excellent
42%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
8%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 140 reviews

End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

Official End of the Oregon Trail in Oregon City, Oregon. The visitor center is a state welcome center with free travel information, itineraries, and brochures. Also find the country store gift shop and visitor lounge with complimentary coffee and tea. The interpretive center offers the "Bound for Oregon" featured film, genealogy assistance for descendants of pioneers, and exciting and interactive exhibits that include period games and crafts like candle dipping and making a rag doll or journal. Outside the Interpretive Center, enjoy the heritage garden, a guided walk of one-thousandth of the trail, and Abernethy Green with pioneer lawn games and 24/7 signage implementing smart phone technology.

Reviewed By margaretcov - Portland, Oregon

We took out of town guests from California to Oregon City and decided to give the Center a visit. Earlier friends said that it was not much. That was not true. It turns out that they had gone somewhere else. I enjoyed the entire exhibit and think I read every sign. It would have been more fun with children given that they could make candles and churn butter. The movie is outstanding, based on letters and diaries of travelers who had been on the Oregon Trail. We plan to take more visitors. Oh, and the gift shop - wonderful selection especially of toys from that era.

8. George Rogers Park

611 S State St, Lake Oswego, OR 97034 +1 503-675-2549
Excellent
70%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 49 reviews

George Rogers Park

Reviewed By Rosemary W

There is a small dirt beach that is popular with families and paddle boarders. There is no lifeguard, but the water seems very calm (at least the day we were there). There are informational signs about the history of the area. There are also paths and trails to above the river or creek. Some of the paths are paved or very smooth dirt trails, others are a bit more natural. Much of the walking area is shaded, so it's still pleasant on a hot day. There are a lot of bugs - my bare arms felt itchy as we walked through the woods.

9. Willamette Falls

Highway 99E and Interstate 205, 102 McLoughlin Blvd, Oregon City, OR 97045 +1 503-275-8355
Excellent
45%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
9%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 155 reviews

Willamette Falls

Reviewed By drrkbrnng - Oregon

Willamette Falls is a very large waterfall, and close up pictures make it look stunning. That's the catch, though-close up. Currently there are no good places to see the waterall from unless you are on the water. We barely saw anything besides the general shape, and we tried looking from a couple of different places, including on the Arch Bridge. I did think the nearby abandoned paper mill was haunting and actually quite pretty, but I cannot factor that into my rating of the Falls themselves.

10. North Clackamas Aquatic Park

7300 SE Harmony Rd, Milwaukie, OR 97222-1205 +1 503-557-7873
Excellent
34%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 50 reviews

North Clackamas Aquatic Park

Reviewed By AnnaDan M - Lacey, Washington

Go to the website to see everything offered...and specific hours and fees. After checking it out on-line, we took our grandson for an afternoon of pure water fun. It was a great way to spend a grandparent weekend. The wave pool, diving board and slides offered him everything he wanted and then some! The hot tub was great for me!
Hint....the tubes rent out quickly ($1). They are good for a 2 hour shift. So, if you miss the first time, you can try for one at the second shift.

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