Oregon November 15, 2017
10 Legitimately Fun Things You Can Do In Oregon Without Spending A Dime
Whoever said the best things in life are free clearly has not been to Oregon. From stunning natural attractions to fascinating museums, there’s plenty of fun to be had in the Beaver State for absolutely nothing.
The following 10 activities prove that you can have fun in Oregon without spending a dime.
Check them out:
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. The Oregon Coast
The Oregon Coast is home to some of the most unspoiled beauty in the country. Thanks to the 1967 Oregon Beach Bill and former governor Tom McCall, the public has access to the beaches along the entire coast. All 363 miles are free and waiting to be to explored.
2. Leach Botanical Garden (Portland)
Located in outer SE Portland, Leach Botanical Garden is a true hidden gem. The garden is filled with peaceful trails and native plants from the Pacific Northwest. Best of all, it's free during regular garden hours.
6704 SE 122nd Ave., Portland, OR 97236
3. Dee Wright Observatory
The wonderfully bizarre Dee Wright Observatory was constructed of lava rock in 1935. On a clear day, you can see spectacular views of the Sisters, Mt. Washington, Mt. Jefferson, and Mt. Hood are from this viewpoint. The observatory is completely free, but it is often closed during the winter months. For current closure information,
McKenzie Hwy., Blue River, OR 97413
4. The Journey Through Time Scenic Byway
This incredibly scenic road stretches for 286 miles and passes through five Oregon counties. The route will take you past some of the most breathtaking spots in the Beaver State, including the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, fascinating ghost towns, and historic communities. Make sure to bring your camera.
5. Oregon Coast Historical Railway Society (Coos Bay)
An impressive collection of railroad and logging equipment can be found at the Oregon Coast Historical Railway Society. You can explore the inside of the vintage locomotives and the mini-museum, and there is even a play area with toy trains for kids. Admission is free, with suggested donation. The OCHR is open Wednesday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information, visit
800 S 1st St., Coos Bay, OR 97420
6. Director Park (Portland)
Director Park is a fabulous place to rest and recharge in downtown Portland. There's a fountain, plenty of charming restaurants, and a giant chess board. You won't want to miss playing a free game of chess here.
815 SW Park Ave., Portland, OR 97205
7. Springfield Museum (Springfield)
Admission is always free to this historical museum. It features a wide array of photos and artifacts that tell the story of Springfield's past. Museum hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
590 Main St., Springfield, OR 97477
8. Sweet Creek Falls Trail (Mapleton)
Waterfalls, wooden bridges, and lush vegetation await you on this easy and family-friendly hike. There is a waterfall around every corner, with Sweet Creek Falls as the grand finale. The trail is open year-round.
Sweet Creek Rd., Mapleton, OR 97453
9. Hatfield Marine Science Center (Newport)
Both the young and young at heart will enjoy a visit to the Hatfield Marine Science Center. From fun touch tanks and tide pools, to a mischievous octopus, there's plenty of amazing things to see and do here. The center is free with suggested donation.
2030 SE Marine Science Dr., Newport, OR 97365
10. Ground Breaker Brewing (Portland)
Ground Breaker Brewing is the first 100% gluten-free brewery in the western United States. They offer free tours daily before 5:00 p.m.
2030 SE 7th Ave., Portland, OR 97214
How many of these free activities have you done? Let us know which ones we missed in the comments below!
For more fun things to do in the Beaver State, check out our previous article:
9 Awesome Things You Can Do In Oregon When It’s Raining.