Visiting Mill Ends Park, the Smallest Park in the World

mill ends park

The Michael W Travels family went on a trip to Portland Oregon a few months back.

This was our first time flying as a family of four. (Great job so far Theo!)

During our visit we had to check out the famous Portland food carts, Voodoo Doughnuts and find some fun things for Lucas to do (figure a kid-friendly museum and a park).

However, I came across one park that I just had to visit.

Whenever we plan to visit a new destination (or even a familiar one), I usually do some quick research on sites like Atlas Obscura, Roadside America, Roadfood and TV Food Maps.

These sites usually help me find great, local food option and quirky places to visit -think roadside attractions etc…

While searching for things to do in Portland, I came across a park that was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records in 1971.

The park wasn’t recognized for its beauty, wildlife, activities or anything along those lines. The park was recognized for its size!

mill ends park

Mill Ends Park was recognized as being the smallest city park in the world.

While reading a little more into Mill Ends Park, I found out that it’s only a couple of feet wide.  According to Wikipedia, “The park is a small circle 2 ft (0.61 m) across, with a total area of 452 sq in (0.292 m2)“.

The park, more the size of a large flower pot is “located in the median strip of SW Naito Parkway” according to Wikipedia.

mill ends park

Our visit was brief, which would probably be expected. After stopping by Voodoo Doughnuts, I mentioned to Lucas that we were going to do something fun for him.  I told him we were going to the park.

He wasn’t exactly amused when we showed up at Mill Ends Park. He wouldn’t even take a picture of our visit! (He did have fun soon after when we went to OMSI, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.)

mill ends park

So there it is. During our visit to Portland, Oregon we got a chance to visit the smallest urban park in the world!

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