Things To Do In Portland

Two-Day Passes for Two or Four Adults to the Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest on September 6 and 7 (Up to 51% Off)

Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest

Holiday Inn Portland Airport Hotel

$50 $25

Attendees sample tons of gluten-free and allergy-friendly foods, see lectures and demonstrations, and chat with food vendors

$20 for Large Box of Organic Heirloom Tomatoes from Bella Organic Farm and Winery ($40 Value)

Bella Organic Farm and Winery

Sauvie Island

$40 $20

Catch a tractor ride or other forms of farm fun while receiving a box of farmer-picked organic heirloom tomatoes

Two Hours of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at AMF Bowling Co. (Up to 56% Off)

AMF Bowling Centers

Multiple Locations

$32 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

$60 for $120 Worth of Recording-Studio Rental at Ryder Records

Ryder Records

Portland

$120 $60

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Private Pilates, Gyrotonic, or Personal-Training Sessions at Vital Body Studio (Up to 65% Off). Two Options Available.

Vital Body Studio

Portland

$195 $75

Certified trainers use Pilates Reformers and Gyrotonic pulley towers as they tone muscles and improve posture for balanced, healthy bodies

$43 for $78 Worth of Services at Our House of Portland

Our House

Buckman

$78 $43

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One or Three Months of Capoeira Angola Classes at Vadiação De Oxossi (Up to 59% Off)

Vadiacao de Oxossi

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

This hybrid dance and martial art from Brazil, set to music, teaches people how to express themselves using graceful movements

Day-Hike for Two, 10 Boot-Camp Classes, or Personal-Training Package from Miss Fit Adventures (Up to 56% Off)

Miss Fit Adventures

Eastside

$20 $10

Experienced trainers lead day-hikes, boot-camp classes, and personal training sessions

$83 for $150 Worth of Recording-Studio Rental — InfiniteSound Studios

Infinitesound Studios

Montavilla

$150 $83

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Dance Party for Two or Four from 80s Video Dance Attack (Half Off)

80s Video Dance Attack

McMenamins’ Crystal Ballroom & Lola’s Room

$10 $5

(29)

A boisterous dance party bounces with nostalgic revelry as 10-foot screens project five hours of original '80s videos

$193 for Full Day Guided Salmon Fishing Trip for up to 3 $350 — Matt's "More Chrome" Guide Service

Matt's "more Chrome" Guide Service

Redeem from Home

$350 $193

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5K Foam Fest Entry for One or Two on Saturday, July 26 (Up to 45% Off)

5K Foam Fest

Portland International Raceway

$90 $55

Racers tackle 15–30 obstacles, such as mud pits and foam-covered Slip 'n Slides, then move on to other muddy games at an after-party

One or Two Days of the Portland Historic Races with Parking at Portland International Raceway (Up to 57% Off)

Portland International Raceway

Portland Historic Races

$35 $15

More than 250 vintage racecars, including vintage Datsuns, zoom into the spotlight along a 1.95-mile track; hundreds more sit on display

Entry for Two or Four Adults, or Two Adults and Two Kids to the Portland Metro Reptile Expo (Up to 58% Off)

Northwest Reptile Expos

Portland

$18 $9

Selection of captive bred reptiles and other pets will be for sale; educational exhibits, pet products, supply vendors, and veterinarians

$20 for an Intro Kayak Trip to Ross Island, Valid Saturday–Sunday or Tuesday–Friday ($40 Value) 

Next Adventure

Sellwood Waterfront Park

$40 $20

(14)

Explore the Willamette River during a 2.5-hour trip that combines beginning instruction with a visit to an island wildlife refuge

Outdoor Bleacher Seat for One at Portland Rose Festival's Grand Floral Parade on Saturday, June 7 (Up to 50% Off)

Portland Rose Festival

Portland Memorial Coliseum

$25 $12.50

From a bleacher seat, watch the live-broadcast parade's 14 floral floats, as well as marching bands, dancers, and horses

Taste of Sailing, Private Cruise for 12, or Power Boat Tour for Two from Scovare Expeditions Inc. (Up to 52% Off)

Scovare Expeditions Inc.

Portland

$29 $14

(19)

Groups relax during BYOB river tours and private charters down the Willamette River; classes introduce beginners to sailing

$49 for an Introductory Glass-Making Class at Bullseye Glass Co. ($100 Value)

Bullseye Glass Co

Bullseye Resource Center

$100 $49

World-renowned glassmaker hosts beginning kilnforming classes where pupils craft plates, coasters, sculptures, or jewelry

10 Fitness Classes from JohnnyFit Bootcamp & Yoga (65% Off)

Johnnyfit Bootcamp & Yoga

Portland

$150 $53

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From her days in the Navy to a love for yoga, Terri Chadney has always been into fitness. In 1994, she and her husband, Jay, opened West Coast Fitness to share that passion with her old neighborhood, which until then did not have a gym. "She wanted to reinvest in the neighborhood," Jay says. Here, the duo leads a staff of experienced trainers, who do everything from one-on-one training to group fitness classes such as yoga and spinning. As the yoga director, Terri requires that each yoga instructor have at least five years of teaching experience, thorough training, and a perfect letter B imitation. The rest of the staff boasts similar credentials, such as the Zumba instructor who has been dancing professionally for most of her life. And because they're not contractors, the trainers care about every aspect of the gym, not just making a sale. "They really invest themselves with the members," says Jay, "Our [trainers] come in, hang out, take classes, bring their dog."

For Jay and Terri, the most rewarding part of owning West Coast Fitness has been "seeing changes in the members," says Jay. He sees members who are in better shape than when they first joined 15 years ago—and Terri loves to see the seniors in her yoga classes up on their feet and doing strength-training exercises after coming in with crutches or walkers.

The St. John's location's spinning studio includes a 6-foot screen, sending riders on virtual trips via instructive DVDs even when a class isn't in session. Members can also log in to ActivTrax online or at the clubs' kiosks for custom workouts based on their goals and experience, as well as meal planning and progress tracking. The staff members engage parents' little ones with baby-sitting services in a colorful playroom. They have also stocked the gyms with tanning booths, and massage therapists help soothe stress and exercise-induced aches; the saunas and HydroMassage beds also help members unwind.

7522 N Lombard St
Portland,
OR
US

In 1976, Joan Barnes—a California mom frustrated with the lack of spaces where she could take her kids for safe and age-appropriate play time—took matters into her own hands and founded Gymboree Play and Music. In the decades since Gymboree’s founding, Joan’s vision of a safe place where youngsters could build confidence and creativity has come to fruition and spread to 30 countries around the globe. Staffed by attentive and expertly trained instructors, each Gymboree outpost adheres to a curriculum of activities designed by experts to foster the development of children's cognitive, physical, and social skills through structured play and close readings of Goodnight Moon. The staffers also conduct entertaining classes for parents, newborns, and children under 1 year that cover subjects ranging from music to sports, imparting valuable lessons of imagination and physical activity to developing minds. To further set apart her business, Barnes employed nationally renowned playground designer Jay Beckwith to design the proprietary play equipment at her centers.

17400 SW Upper Boones Ferry Rd
Portland,
OR
US

When artists from Suzhou set about creating a Chinese garden in Portland, they immediately knew their inspiration: the Ming Dynasty. Like the dynasty's gardens, Lan Su Chinese Garden was designed as a natural escape from the everyday world. In addition to the verdant plant life, the grounds overflow with pavilions, courtyards, and studies where guests can take in the sights, meditate, write a poem, or guard the garden's bamboo from devious pandas masquerading as groundskeepers. Lan Su showcases hundreds of China’s 30,000-plus plant species, including 90 specimen trees. Beneath those sprout collections of magnolias, camellias, and rhododendrons, to name a few.

Though browsing the garden could take up an entire day, Lan Su offers plenty of other soothing activities, as well. At the teahouse, snacks and sweets accompany traditional presentations of organic, fair-trade teas, whose flavors change to reflect each season in the garden. The space’s other events range from lectures on acupuncture to games of mahjong.

239 NW Everett St
Portland,
OR
US

Running between towering buildings and vibrant gardens, Gray Line of Portland's trolley sightseeing tours connect visitors with more than 11 of the Rose City's storied landscapes and buildings. As guides regale them with historic facts, anecdotes, and Herbert Hoover's credit card number, passengers look out onto Pioneer Courthouse Square, Washington Park, Powell's Books, and the Lan Su Chinese Garden. Participants can disembark and re-board at any point along their tour, allowing them to explore each site up-close or grab a bite to eat. Guides also lead combination tours via bus outside city limits to Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge or jet boat along the Columbia River, with both routes tracing the original journey of Lewis and Clark. Operating as a member of Gray Line Worldwide––which leads tours in more than 700 destinations on six continents––Gray Line of Portland donates a portion of all ticket proceeds to the Breast Cancer Research Foundations' efforts in supporting awareness and research.

780 Southwest Broadway
Portland,
OR
US

Movable walls, luminous rocks, mirrors, ramps, and unexpected dead ends. These are just a few of the obstacles players face at Ultrazone Laser Tag, a two-level, 5,000-square-foot arena that, much like a spring-break DJ?s apartment, is always flooded with black light and fog. Before separating up to 36 players into three teams and setting them loose in the arena, a game master delivers rules and moves teammates to the vesting room, where they grab lasers and flashing vests. As the beat of pulsing music hammers the arena, players stream into the field, launching beams at opponents and attempting to seize their strongholds. When players are hit they aren't eliminated from the action; a computer keeps a running tally of points throughout the mission and awards champion status to the team with the highest count after the game. The facility also includes an arcade packed with video games as well as air-hockey tables, pinball, and a snack area.

16074 SE McLoughlin Blvd
Milwaukie,
OR
US

Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling. For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.

18335 NW West Union Rd
Portland,
OR
US