Tourism

Willamette Shore Trolley

Learn about the Willamette Shore Line’s historic past while enjoying a relaxing ride along the shore of the Willamette River. This scenic 10.5-mile round trip ride runs from Lake Oswego to Bancroft Street in SW Portland and features spectacular views plus several unique railroad attractions. Rides take about 90 minutes.

The Willamette Shore Trolley departs from the depot at 311 N. State Street on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through the summer. Winter excursions are also offered. Free parking is available at the recently improved Trolley Station, the public lot next door to the station and at Lake View Village.

The Trolley is operated by the Oregon Electric Railway Historical Society under a contract with the City of Lake Oswego. For the trolley schedule and price rates call 503-697-7436, or visit wst.oregontrolley.com.

Rogerson Clematis Garden

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Come here to check out “the most comprehensive collection of clematis within a public garden in North America.” The Rogerson Clematis Garden is home to 1900 individual clematis, representing over 850 distinct species. The garden is located in Luscher Farm, a farm-park on the outskirts of the city and part of Lake Oswego’s Parks and Recreation Department.

The Friends of the Rogerson Clematis Collection’s (FRCC) mission is “to preserve and foster the Rogerson Clematis Collection in a permanent home, observing its longtime objectives of assembling and maintaining as comprehensive a collection of the genus Clematis as possible, for the advancement of botanical and horticultural research and education and pleasure of all who visit.” Visit their website here.

Veterans Memorial

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Visit the Lake Oswego Veterans Memorial at the Southwest end of Foothills Park. The site honors the service of those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and as First Responders. It includes a stone wall and reflecting pond to provide an “artistic setting” for tributes. The Memorial’s mission is “to partner with the City of Lake Oswego in the creation and development of a memorial for historic preservation of the service of all U.S. military veterans and first responders with strong association to Lake Oswego.” Visit their website here.

Downtown Lake Oswego

Lake Oswego’s Downtown is a beautiful, walkable lakefront business district with an estimated 747,000 square feet of ground floor space with specialty shopping, dining, and entertainment, as well as office and service uses. Located along State Street (Highway 43) and between A to B Avenues from 6th Street to State, downtown has several connected nodes.

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  • Lake View Village, at State and A, is a mixed-use redevelopment with several restaurants and local and national specialty retailers including Sur la Table and Chico’s. The residential/commercial hybrid environment gives the Village a modern, active feel. The fact that there are three sushi restaurants located within five blocks of each other (Bamboo Sushi, Tada Sushi Studio, and Kurata) is a testament to how densely packed the Village is.
  • Oswego Village is an 86,000 square foot center on State Street just south of A Avenue. Anchored by Whole Foods 365 Market and Ace True Value Hardware, it includes a mix of food-related and specialty retail shops.
  • Lake Place shopping center, further south along State Street, adds Petco, U.S. Bank, and small specialty and service businesses to the downtown mix.
  • Civic and community uses include City Hall and a fire station, the post office, the Lakewood Center for the Arts, the Gallery Without Walls, and the Lake Oswego Public Library in the adjacent First Addition neighborhood.
  • Downtown’s Millenium Park is home to the popular Farmers’ Market and many community and entertainment events throughout the year.