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I am writing a story in which two children, ages 12-14 years old, discover a portal to another dimension. The portal is roughly the size of an average door and has existed for five years prior to their discovery of it.

It wasn't protected by some kind of password or disguised, neither it was in a place one could hardly access, such as far as from the suburbs in which they live or inside a private home.

But my problem here is figuring out a good location to ensure such a scenario happens. Is there a way for a door-sized portal to another dimension stay hidden for five years but then be discovered by two normal children? The best answer in this case is the one regarding the best location/placement in order to maximize the chances of such a scenario happening, preferably why no one but the children would check out such a location.

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    $\begingroup$ This sounds like a plot element, not a worldbuilding problem $\endgroup$ – L.Dutch - Reinstate Monica May 23 '20 at 5:26
  • $\begingroup$ @L.Dutch-ReinstateMonica, how is it different from other questions asking for how things could be hidden? $\endgroup$ – Galactic May 23 '20 at 5:28
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    $\begingroup$ Where a portal can be hidden and found by children is specific to your story, not a rule of a world. $\endgroup$ – L.Dutch - Reinstate Monica May 23 '20 at 5:31
  • $\begingroup$ @L.Dutch-ReinstateMonica, it's set in a real-world, present-day suburb. $\endgroup$ – Galactic May 23 '20 at 5:32
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    $\begingroup$ I think the answer is in the back of a wardrobe in the other room..... $\endgroup$ – Thucydides May 23 '20 at 11:18
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It could be in a bush reserve. For example, Kepa bush reserve is right next to a shopping centre, but has very steep and uneven ground; you generally wouldn't want to leave the path. The portal might not be visible from the path, and being covered by vegetation barely visible right next to it. A portal might not be lost until some children decided to play explorers.

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