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

December 3, 2017 Vergie Nakamoto

Lake Oswego /ɒsˈwiːɡoʊ/ is a city in the State of Oregon, primarily in Clackamas County with small portions extending into neighboring Multnomah and Washington counties. Located about 8 miles (13 km) south of Portland and surrounding the 405-acre (1.64 km) Oswego Lake, the town was founded in 1847 and incorporated as Oswego in 1910. The city was the hub of Oregon's brief iron industry in the late 19th century and is today an affluent suburb of Portland. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 36,619, a 3.8% increase over the 2000 population of 35,278.
Restaurants in Lake Oswego

1. Oregon City Municipal Elevator

Railroad & 7th Street, Oregon City, OR 97045 +1 503-994-6633
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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. Live Laugh Love Art

12230 SW Main St # B, Tigard, OR 97223-6222 +1 503-244-7811
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5 based on 310 reviews

Live Laugh Love Art

Where FUN begins and LEARNING never ends! Live Laugh Love Art was inspired by Brett & Natalie Vinsant as friends and family would say it is their hobby on steroids. The studio contains a state-of-the-art glass blowing hot shop, educational facility, gallery, and event space located in Tigard Oregon. Designed to attract people of all ages and skill levels - from the beginning student to professional artist. We offer at the studio a wide range of art activities from Glass Blowing, Glass Fusing, Canvas Painting Wood Sign Making , Paint your own Pottery and Welding Workshops for individuals and groups. Offering private instruction, small group workshops, demonstrations, group team-building events and even catered events. Live Laugh Love Art is your one stop art entertainment and learning facility. We regularly open our doors to school groups for tours and demonstrations. Where the FUN begins and LEARNING never ends!

Reviewed By Minnie Q - Beaverton, Oregon

We had approx. 20 people, 50% women/50% men and everyone really enjoyed themselves. Everyone stayed the entire time to see what was made and everyone (especially the men!) said it was the best team building event they've ever done. Several folks have said that they plan to come back with their spouse to make something together!!

3. Bob's Red Mill Tour

13521 SE Pheasant Ct, Milwaukie, OR 97222-1248
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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.

4. Uncorked Northwest Wine Tours

Near Boones Ferry and Tualatin-Sherwood Road, Tualatin, OR 97062
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5 based on 82 reviews

Uncorked Northwest Wine Tours

We will show you why we are passionate about Northwest wine!

Reviewed By dolfandoug - Hoover, Alabama

Great wine tour with plenty of stops at great vineyards. Scott even helped us out with the correct styrofoam box for getting some wine home as checked-in luggage. We asked to go to one particular vineyard and Scott took us there and picked the rest. He had a nice charcuterie tray for us to enjoy at one of the harder to find nice boutique wineries with a great picnic area and view. Speaking of the views - - - outstanding! This is the kind of wine tour you want when you are visiting an area you know nothing about and need some guidance and a ride. Would definitely use Uncorked NW again if we return to Willamette Valley in the future!

5. Lake Oswego Farmers' Market

200 First St., Millennium Plaza Park, Lake Oswego, OR
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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 .

6. Milwaukie Farmers Market

10723 SE Main St., Milwaukie, OR 97222 +1 503-407-0956
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5 based on 37 reviews

Milwaukie Farmers Market

Reviewed By ORfoodie - Pacific City, Oregon

What a find! Great farmer"s market in easy to find location. Lots of food available for purchase including Canby Asparagus Farms! We found Olympic Provisions there too. Excellent farm fresh produce, jams, cheeses, nitrogen ice-cream, fresh hot peanuts from a 105 year old cart. And some great live music too!

7. Oswego Hills Vineyard and Winery

450 Rosemont Rd, West Linn, OR 97068-9328 +1 503-655-2599
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4.5 based on 26 reviews

Oswego Hills Vineyard and Winery

Reviewed By Susan M - Portland, Oregon

I visited with friends during a wine tasting afternoon. The place was busy with people of all ages enjoying the weather and nice grounds. There was live music, wine tasting, and a freshly grilled food option. There were whole families picnicking on the grass area, enjoying the wine and music. There were many tables available on the patio to enjoy the atmosphere. It's a great place to hang out on a weekend afternoon if you enjoy wine.

8. George Rogers Park

611 S State St, Lake Oswego, OR 97034 +1 503-675-2549
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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. Portland Oregon Temple Visitors' Center

13600 Kruse Oaks Blvd, Lake Oswego, OR 97035-8602 +1 503-431-3240
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5 based on 43 reviews

Portland Oregon Temple Visitors' Center

Visit the beautiful temple grounds, gardens and Visitors' Center located on 10 acres near the intersection of I-5 and Hwy 217. Open daily from 9am to 9pm. The Center offers exhibits and information about faith, temples, the importance of families, and other religious values of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Children, accompanied by adults, are also welcome and can enjoy interactive displays and activities about the temple grounds and Center.

Reviewed By stinagreen - Sacramento, California

If you aren't LDS there is a beautiful visitor's center to learn about about why this beautiful building was built. Dedicated in 1989, just visiting the grounds is wonderful. It is a place of worship. Prepare to be reverent.

10. Lakewood Center For the Arts

368 S State St, Lake Oswego, OR 97034-3936 +1 503-635-3901
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4.5 based on 37 reviews

Lakewood Center For the Arts

Reviewed By lougee1043 - Beaverton, Oregon

unbelievable production - 2 hours without an intermission ----great set -- entrance to the dungeon was staged exactly as it was in NYC

Wonderful singing and acting with great presentation by all actors ---fight scenes where staged (choreographed) with perfection

this is a do not miss event --now through june 12

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