Trip Planner:   USA  /  Oregon  /  Portland  /  Parks  /  Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, Portland

4.7
#9 of 28 in Parks in Portland
Garden Nature / Park
Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens are botanical gardens located between Reed College and the Eastmoreland Golf Course in southeastern Portland in the U.S. state of Oregon. The gardens, at Southeast 28th Avenue and Woodstock Boulevard, cover 9.49acre, and are named for Crystal Springs Creek, which flows along its western side. Crystal Springs Gardens feature more than 2,500 rhododendrons, azaleas, and other plants in a setting of small lakes, paved and unpaved paths, fountains, and small waterfalls.The gardens are open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. from April through September and from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. from October through March. Admission is $4 from March through Labor Day and free from Labor Day through the end of February.The project began in 1950 as a rhododendron test garden on a site previously covered with brush, blackberries, native trees, and the remnants of a Shakespeare theater developed by students of Reed College. In 1964, the park's name was officially changed to Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden.In addition to the manicured areas that make up most of the gardens, patches of less orderly shrubs, upland forest, marsh vegetation, and submerged logs attract wildlife, especially waterfowl, most prevalent in winter. The Rhododendron Society has counted 94 species in the garden, including grebes, herons, ducks, Canada geese, wigeons, gulls, thrushes, nuthatches, hummingbirds, and others.
For travelers who use our international travel planner, Portland holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
Source
Create an itinerary including Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden
map
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
344 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • If you have an hour to kill, this is a peaceful retreat located near Reed College in SE Portland. Often flocks of ducks and an occasional swan will join you.  more »
  • Me and mom went here, it was beautiful. Nice peaceful walk. It would be beautiful once the flowers are in full bloom. We plan on returning and taking family photos here. Nice walk for any age group, p...  more »
  • This garden is so diverse with lots of birds and wildlife. Nice simple trails with lots of water views. Plenty of waterfalls and small streams to view or larger wide lakes. So peaceful.  more »
Google
  • This place is amazing and only $5 per adult! Very extensive garden with a duck pond, several bridges, waterfalls, and great views. Lots of benches here and there. Most of it is wheelchair accessible. It is usually peaceful and not too crowded.
  • This place is just okay. Not a must visit or anything like that. Entrance fee is reasonable. If you have a few hours and don't have anything better to do, go to this place. Lots of flowering plants. Small water bodies with lots of duck. But, didn't appear to be very well maintained. But, a walk in Forest Park is a much better option.
  • Free on Monday n Tuesday. U can buy a couple bags of duck foods at the grocery stand down the hill. My kids love feeding the ducks! Beautiful garden with many water features!
  • Beautiful place for a quiet walk. Stroller friendly for kids, multiple places to picnic in the sun or shade. Free before 10 AM and for kids under 12. The small parking lot is usually full, but there is usually easy parking across the street at Reed College. We went in late May and there were still plenty of blooms.
  • Wonderful park, next to a golf course. It's great place with lots of paths to take a walk. It's amazing place to enjoy a quite picnic on a lawn surrounded by beautiful nature. When rhododendrons are in bloom is one of my favorite time to go there and take lots of amazing photos.

Plan your trip to Portland

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Portland

For easy foot access to Portland's best shopping, dining, and entertainment, stay in or around the downtown area, connected to the rest of the city by light rail. This compact and busy part of Portland contains the highest concentration of hotel rooms in the city, allowing you to explore options ranging from boutique properties to big chains. Thanks to Portland's convenient transportation system, you can also choose a less expensive motel or bed and breakfast in one of the outlying neighborhoods, and still be within minutes of most major tourist attractions.
CHECK IN - CHECK OUT
TripAdvisor
Millions of travel reviews
on TripAdvisor

Plans in Portland by other users

4 days in Portland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, kids, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: April, kids, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 5 days in Portland & Minnesota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Oregon BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 29 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 8 days in Portland & South Dakota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Portland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Oregon BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Oregon BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Oregon BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: August, outdoors, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Portland BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 27 days in Portland BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 22 days in United States BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans