One of the best parts of living in Portland is that we don’t have to travel far from the city to visit farmland. Back again and celebrating 100 years in business is a timeless treasure right in the middle of SW Portland: Alpenrose Dairy’s beloved Dairyville. We checked out the charming storefronts, delicious ice cream and taste of Oregon history at this pioneer exhibit for all ages.

Alpenrose Dairyland buildings

photo: Marianne Walters

Down on the Farm
From 1-4 p.m. each Sunday, this miniature town comes alive. Visitors can wander by the storefronts, peeking into windows to see the authentic goods from Portland’s past on display. Step into the Confectionery to see what goodies would have been sold, or the Dairyville School to check out the students’ desks and workbooks of long ago. Pop into the Great Western Bank or the Post Office, where antique equipment provides a teachable moment for the littles.

Alpenrose Dairy ice cream

photo: Marianne Walters

Have a Scoop
You can’t visit Alpenrose without having a sweet taste of their ice cream. As Oregon’s oldest family-owned dairy, they make sure their ice cream is rBST hormone-free and pasteurized at lower temperatures to keep natural vitamins and minerals intact. Stop by the Ice Cream Parlor where they typically have 8 of their 40 flavors available for visitors. Visiting Dairyville is free (yes, you heard us correctly) and the only thing you’ll need to pay for is the $1 scoop of ice cream. It’s not to be missed!

Alpenrose Dairy train display

photo: Marianne Walters

Railroads on Display
Two local train clubs display their model trains and Oregon landscapes at Dairyville, with plenty of viewing space for all. Clear barriers keep little hands from getting too close, so the kids are welcome to wander and check it all out. Members from the groups in Portland and Beaverton are on hand to answer questions or can often be found in the Ice Cream Parlor, selling ice cream to support their clubs.

Alpenrose Dairy confectionery

photo: Marianne Walters

Good to Know
Restrooms are conveniently located just beside the parking lot, with an accessible restroom right next to the entrance to Dairyville. If the Opera House is open when you visit, it has a changing table and quiet spot for nursing indoors. Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic lunch and eat outdoors or visit the concession stands near the main baseball diamond. The grounds are always open at Alpenrose Dairy, so if your crew doesn’t like crowds you might be better off checking it out on an off day. There are plenty of other events that go on throughout the week on the 52-acre grounds, such as the Portland Quarter Midget Races, OBRA Masters Track Championships, and Little League Baseball. Check out the events calendar for the full schedule.

Open: June 5-Aug. 28, Sundays, 1-4 p.m.
Cost: Free, plus $1 for a scoop of ice cream

Alpenrose Dairy
6149 SW Shattuck Rd.
Portland
503-244-1133
Online: alpenrose.com

Have you visited Alpenrose Dairy recently? Let us know in the comments below!

—Marianne Walters