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Top Things To Do In Portland

The city of Portland is celebrated in both pop culture and among locals for its eccentric personality. From Downtown Portland to Nob Hill, there’s no shortage of things to do within city limits. Some of the city’s top attractions include landmarks like the iconic “Keep Portland Weird” sign and seasonal activities like snow tubing down Mt. Hood. Fortunately, this guide contains a ton of recommendations that can help you make the most of your time in the City of Roses.

One-Day Admission for Two to Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum (Up to 48% Off)
Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum
Stevenson
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One-Day Admission for Two to Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum (Up to 48% Off)
One-Day Admission for Two to Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum (Up to Half Off)
Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum
Stevenson
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One-Day Admission for Two to Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum (Up to Half Off)
Wine and Cheese Pairing for One, Two, or Four at Kason Vineyards (Up to 55% Off)
Kason Vineyards
Yamhill
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Wine and Cheese Pairing for One, Two, or Four at Kason Vineyards (Up to 55% Off)
Wine Tasting for Two or Four with In-Store Credit at Vintyr (Up to 56% Off)
Vintyr
Amity
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$30.00 $13.50
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Wine Tasting for Two or Four with In-Store Credit at Vintyr (Up to 56% Off)
General Admission for 1, 2, or 4 at Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education (Up to 61% Off)
Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
Portland
4.7
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$8.00 $4.51
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General Admission for 1, 2, or 4 at Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education (Up to 61% Off)
Private or Shared Helicopter Tours from Oregon Helicopters (Up to 27% Off). Five Options Available.
Oregon Helicopters
Portland
5.0
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$59.00 $49.00
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Private or Shared Helicopter Tours from Oregon Helicopters (Up to 27% Off). Five Options Available.
$41.85 for One Segway Tour for One from Oregon Nation Tours ($69 Value)
Nation Tours
Portland
4.9
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$69.00 $41.85
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$41.85 for One Segway Tour for One from Oregon Nation Tours ($69 Value)
Wine Tasting with Wine Credit for Two or Four at Tualatin Estate Vineyards (Up to 42% Off)
Tualatin Estate Vineyards
Forest Grove
4.8
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$50.00 $28.80
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Wine Tasting with Wine Credit for Two or Four at Tualatin Estate Vineyards (Up to 42% Off)
Wine and Cheese Pairing for Two or Four at Kason Vineyards (Up to 55% Off)
Kason Vineyards
Yamhill
4.8
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$70.00 $31.50
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Wine and Cheese Pairing for Two or Four at Kason Vineyards (Up to 55% Off)

As a city known for rainy days and watersports, many of Portland’s best attractions are related to nature and the great outdoors. Grassy trails, blue river, well-manicured rose gardens, and more help keep the city colorful.

Some of the top things to do in the City of Roses include:

  • The Portland Japanese Garden, the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan
  • Wildwood Trail, a forested 30-mile trail in Portland’s biggest park
  • World Forestry Center, a local education facility that also offers river rafting
  • Sipping locally sourced coffee at the Coava Coffee Brew Bar
  • Walking among more than 400 species of roses at the International Rose Test Gardens

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Murder-Mystery Dinner for One or Two at The Murder Mystery Co. (Up to 52% Off)
The Murder Mystery Co.
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$60.00 $28.49
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Murder-Mystery Dinner for One or Two at The Murder Mystery Co. (Up to 52% Off)
truTV Impractical Jokers: "The Scoopski Potatoes Tour" Starring The Tenderloins on Friday, July 24
truTV Impractical Jokers: "The Scoopski Potatoes Tour" Starring The Tenderloins
Portland
$71.30 $52.50
26% discount_off
truTV Impractical Jokers: "The Scoopski Potatoes Tour" Starring The Tenderloins on Friday, July 24
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Single-Day Admission for One, Two, or Four, or Weekend Admission to Animanga on August 3–5 (Up to 60% Off)
Animanga 2020
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Single-Day Admission for One, Two, or Four, or Weekend Admission to Animanga on August 3–5 (Up to 60% Off)
MyOhMy: A Drag Show Extravaganza! on Friday, May 29 or Friday, June 5
MyOhMy: A Drag Show Extravaganza!
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MyOhMy: A Drag Show Extravaganza! on Friday, May 29 or Friday, June 5
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Great American Tiny House Show on September 12–13, 2020, at Portland Expo Center-Hall C
Great American Tiny House Show - Portland
Portland
3.6
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Great American Tiny House Show on September 12–13, 2020, at Portland Expo Center-Hall C
Sugar Brown’s Bedroom Burlesque Virtual Show on Saturday, May 30
Sugar Brown’s Bedroom Burlesque Virtual Show: Stimulus Package
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$22.85 $10.00
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Sugar Brown’s Bedroom Burlesque Virtual Show on Saturday, May 30
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Stick Figure with Collie Buddz, The Movement and Iya Terra - Jun 12, 6:00 PM
Stick Figure
Troutdale
$79.00
Stick Figure with Collie Buddz, The Movement and Iya Terra - Jun 12, 6:00 PM
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Chippendales@Home! Virtual Party
Chippendales@Home
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$200.00 $150.00
25% discount_off
Chippendales@Home! Virtual Party
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The Beths Tickets (21+ Event, Rescheduled from April 16, 2020) - Aug 3, 9:00 PM
The Beths
Portland
$45.00
The Beths Tickets (21+ Event, Rescheduled from April 16, 2020) - Aug 3, 9:00 PM

Portland has been making headlines over the past few years. Explore the city yourself with a few of these popular recommendations.

Some of the best tourist attractions in Portland include:

  • St. John’s Bridge, a steel suspension bridge spanning the Willamette River
  • Pittock Mansion, a historic house museum in the French Renaissance museum style
  • Hoyt Arboretum, a self-proclaimed museum of living trees
  • Mount Hood and the Columbia River Gorge, a pair of stunning natural wonders
  • The Pearl District, a fashionable neighborhood with trendy restaurants and kitschy boutiques

With a motto like “Keep Portland Weird,” it’s easy to find creative, new places to eat, drink, and shop. Be as spontaneous and weird as Portland’s best attractions and try something new today.

Some of the best daily activities in Portland include:

  • Sipping an espresso from Courier Coffee
  • Practicing iyengar yoga at the Portland Yoga Studio
  • Trying the all-you-can-eat buffet from Dar Salem, a Indian restaurant near downtown
  • Ordering a 16 oz. cocktail for $5 at Swift Lounge during “jolly hour”
  • Shopping for fresh produce at one of six Portland Farmers Markets

Portland is home to several watering holes, comedy clubs, and live musical venues. But that’s not all — Portland’s walkable neighborhoods come alive when the sun goes down.

A few of the city’s top nighttime activities include:

  • Listening to a live musical performance at the Wonder Ballroom
  • Drinking fine wine while painting a picture at Bottle & Bottega Portland
  • Shopping (at night!) for local art, jewelry, and food at the Portland Night Market
  • Indulging in your inner child with classic arcade games at Ground Kontrol
  • Dancing the night away at Holocene, a popular night club with two dance floors

Looking for family-friendly activities in the City of Roses? Portland offers everything from outdoor hikes to air conditioned museums.

A few of the best family-friendly spots the city include:

  • Oak’s Amusement Park, which includes a year-round skating rink
  • Voodoo Doughnuts, a local doughnut shop with a delicious Cpt. Crunch doughnut
  • The Science Playground inside the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry
  • The Oregon Zoo, home to more than 2,000 animals,
  • The Portland Children’s Museum, one of the oldest museums of its kind in the country

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Trying to escape the elements? As one of the rainiest cities in the country, Portland has plenty of fun places to stay dry.

Some of the city’s best indoor activities include:

  • Getting lost in Powell’s City of Books
  • Skydiving at iFLY Portland Indoor Skydiving
  • Strolling through the Oregon History Museum
  • Doing backflips at Get Air, a popular indoor trampoline gym
  • Playing vintage video games and sipping a cold beer at Level Up Arcade

Portland is known for its well-maintained hiking trails and verdant parks. Everything from Washington Park to the Columbia River Gorge is full of life.

Some of the best outdoor activities in city include:

  • The Portland Rose Festival, an annual event held each June
  • Forest Park, which is the country’s largest urban forest reserve
  • The Portland Saturday Market, the nation’s largest open-air arts and crafts market
  • The Oregon Zoo’s Summer Concerts, featuring dozens live musical performances
  • The Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, which includes more than 120 different booths