As the economic engine for Oregon and being the home to companies such as Intel, many people travel to Hillsboro for business. But once they are here, they stay and then bring their families back to explore the many other facets of Hillsboro and the surrounding area. Discovering Hillsboro can take you for a walk through history and leave you at the cutting edge of technology.
Hillsboro is the county seat for Washington County, founded by early settlers and valued for its location in the fertile Willamette Valley. If you are a history buff, a visit to the Washington County Museum and the Pioneer Cemetery are musts. The Hillsboro Historical Society annually offers walking tours of our quaint downtown Hillsboro featuring both residential and commercial landmarks. The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks & Minerals, founded in 1938 by Richard and Helen Rice in their beautiful home in north Hillsboro, is a world renowned collection of the most amazing specimens of thundereggs, petrified wood, carnelian, moss agate and other beautiful rocks of the Northwest.
Full of historic character and charm, Downtown is poised to transform into one of Oregon’s great Main Streets. Downtown Hillsboro has experienced a renaissance of late. With the Venetian Theater, Walters Cultural Arts Center, and Sequoia Gallery. Downtown Hillsboro has emerged as an arts and entertainment hub. During the summer, people flock to our downtown for our Tuesday Marketplace and our Saturday Farmers Market and to enjoy live theater with performances by Bag & Baggage and H.A.R.T. Theater.
Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve is a 635-acre wildlife preserve located within the city limits of Hillsboro. The Preserve is a tranquil sanctuary for both people and animals. The quiet open waters, rolling meadows and upland ash and fir woods are home to thousands of ducks and geese, deer, otters, beavers, herons and eagles. Walking trails wind through the preserve and the education center can fill hours with education on wetlands, wildlife, water quality, bird-watching and so much more. The center provides an amazing up close and personal look at an actual preserved eagle’s nest.
Hillsboro Parks & Recreation is an award-winning and nationally accredited parks and recreation agency that provides diverse, innovative and exceptional recreational and cultural opportunities and offers hundreds of programs year-round for all ages. The Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway starts at Rood Bridge Park in Hillsboro and captures the best of the northern Willamette Valley, from friendly downtowns to fertile farmlands and lush natural areas. The bikeway runs point-to-point over 50 miles and runs through wetlands, forests, farms, quaint downtowns, wineries with a seasonal mix of activities along the way.
If shopping is your bag, head to Hillsboro for the ultimate experience with down home service. Hillsboro has three distinct shopping areas for you to enjoy. Hillsboro’s Historic Downtown area boasts some of the best antique shops in the area as well as wonderful art galleries, restaurants and live theater. This thoughtfully and carefully preserved slice of Main Street Americana exemplifies the hometown culture Hillsboro treasures. The Crossroads at Orenco Station offers an entirely different shopping experience. You will find more boutique and specialty shops, party and pet supplies, hand crafted candies and ice cream, bicyclery, diverse restaurants and even has a drop in daycare where you can leave your children to play while you are exploring the area. The Tanasbourne District stretches from Hillsboro’s eastern border along 185th Avenue to Cornelius Pass Road and has everything from major department stores to small specialty shops and is bursting with upscale restaurants and pubs. The Streets shopping center makes shopping fun with its outdoor design and convenient parking structure.
Satisfy your cravings by dining at one of our city’s fine eateries. Whether you are looking for a juicy gourmet burger, a taste of Thai, Persian, Mexican, Indian or vegan cuisine, Hillsboro has wonderful ethnically diverse choice sure to please any palate. From fresh and locally grown restaurants to national chains, Hillsboro has it all! Come hungry and go away satisfied!
Washington County Is quickly gaining a reputation as a perfect place to grow quality grapes and is producing award-winning pinot noirs year after year. Many of our vineyards feature tasting rooms that are open to the public either at different times or by appointment. Some of the wineries have events ranging from concerts and gourmet cooking classes and providing beautiful venues and outdoor celebration space for special events, company picnics, reunions and weddings. Both the wine and beer industries as well as craft spirit bottlers are fun and growing businesses in and around Hillsboro, many taking advantage of Oregon grown hops. Try out one of our fun local tap houses while you are here. For a full map of the wineries of Washington County, stop by the Hillsboro Chamber!
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