One of our favorite recipes for fun includes plenty of wide open spaces, a dash of wind, lots of sunshine, and of course, kids! Throw in a couple of kites and you’ve got the makings for a perfect day. From sandy stretches to awesome green spaces, flip through the album below to discover our picks for best places to throw caution to the wind.

Peninsula Park – Portland, Or

It’s no surprise that one of Portland’s most beloved parks, Peninsula Park, is a great place to launch a kite. There is usually a nice breeze and the large, flat grassy area makes it easy for the little ones to run free. Head’s up! During the summer, Peninsula Park is host to many concerts and events, so be prepared for crowds.

Insider Tip: Want more cool spots to fly a kite in Portland? Check out our insider’s guide.

Online: portlandoregon.gov/park/peninsulapark

photo: Kristi White via flickr

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—Gabby Cullen