With the Willamette flowing through the city and the Columbia to the north, we have plenty of water to enjoy in Portland. If you want to spend more time near the water, here are 9 places you can go to make that a reality. Whether you want adventure or a relaxing meal, there is something for every water lover in this list.
1. Waterfront Park
Strolling through Waterfront Park is a must to give you your bearings of the city, and highlight its beauty. If you are there on the weekend, stop for the market, and check out some of Portland artisan's best wares.
If it is spring and the cherry blossoms are in bloom, you are in luck for a spectacular view along the water.
2. Sauvie Island
Head over to Sauvie Island to see where the Columbia and Willamette Rivers converge and explore the flora and fauna of the island. Take a stroll along one of the island's waterfront trails or bask on the sandy beach for an unforgettable day in the sun.
Right along the Willamette on the south end of downtown sits Aquariva. Boasting one of the best riverfront patios in town, you are definitely going to want to eat here. Featuring American cuisine, Aquariva is one of the best in river dining in the city.
4. USS Blueback
Head to OMSI to purchase tickets for this on-the-river submarine tour. Walk through a real-life retired submarine while learning all about it from your experienced tour guide.
5. Ross Island
You will need a boat, kayak, canoe, or paddle board to get there, but Ross Island is definitely worth the trouble. Check out this centrally located uninhabited island right in the middle of the Willamette for a fun day adventure.
6. Tilikum Bridge
This pedestrian, train and bus-only bridge is the first of its kind in the United States. Take a stroll over the bridge to connect you from downtown to the eastside, and check out the stunning views from atop the stately bridge.
7. Portland Spirit
To really enjoy the water, get on it! Take a cruise on the river aboard the Portland Spirit. Enjoy a lunch or dinner cruise and see the city from a whole new perspective.
8. Salty's on the Columbia
On the other side of town, Salty's sits on the Columbia River, and is a memorable location for a meal. For the best value, visit Salty's for the weekend brunch, but be sure to make reservations ahead of time.
Enjoy Dungeness crab mac and cheese, along with many other seafood specialities from this beautiful vantage point overlooking the Columbia River.
9. Sellwood Riverfront Park
Sit and watch the boats and kayakers pass by or enjoy a stroll along the water at this lovely park in Sellwood. There is a great view of downtown, leaving you just far enough away to enjoy its beauty while feeling like you are in a world of your own.