If you have a running bucket list, add these local favorites to it today. Ranging from the classic outdoor experiences every Portland resident should have to the most stimulating indoors ones, this list is the “what’s what” to do in Portland. There is certainly something for everyone in our fun and unique city.
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. Leach Botanical Garden
This garden is great, and it's free, making it even more accessible. Kids will love the tiny summer cabin and children's garden, while adults will love the peace and solitude that the garden offers.
2. Catch a Timbers Game
This is Timber land and seeing a Timbers game live is a Portland must-do.
3. Visit the Zoo
The Oregon Zoo is constantly changing, and always fun to visit. The elephant lands are greatly expanded and make it the perfect time to visit the zoo if you haven't been there in awhile.
4. Explore Forest Park
You can't not explore this gem. With over 5,000 acres right here in the city, this is your oasis when you want to escape into nature.
5. Pick Fruit At Sauvie Island
Whether you like strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, or peaches, picking them fresh at Sauvie Island is a Portland summer sport. Head out to the island and pick a bounty, and you will return each summer.
6. Catch the Oregon Symphony
Watching the symphony's 76 members navigate their instruments is nothing short of amazing. The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall is a sight in itself, and the whole experience of the orchestra is one that may hook you in for life.
7. See the Trailblazers
Head over to the Moda Center to catch a game with our local heroes. Cheer with one of the best fan sections in the country and be in on all the Blazer Nation frenzy.
8. Shop the Farmer's Market
If shopping doesn't sound like a bucket list activity, you must not have been to the PSU Farmers Market yet. This expansive market is an experience all its own. Taste local artisan foods and drinks and simply be amazed at the impressive food culture of our city.
9. Tour a Brewery (Or Two)
Several local breweries and distilleries offer tours, typically weekly, but in some cases more often. Check out BridgePort Brewing Company, Hopworks Urban Brewery, Portland Brewing Company, House Spirits Distillery, and
Rogue Ales Distillery and Public House, which all offer free public tours.
10. Portland Art Museum
We have a lovely art museum, and if you haven't been there, you should definitely go. Featuring over 100,000 square feet of galleries, you can enjoy art from ancient times up until the present.
11. Eat Donuts
Voodoo Donut may be where out-of-towners flock, but locals know that there are so many more donuts shops around. Head to Blue Star Donuts, Pips Donuts or Annie's Donuts to stuff your face with these Portland-styled treats.
12. Portland Japanese Garden
Said to be one of the most accurate Japanese gardens outside of the Japan, you should definitely make it a point to stroll through this amazing garden. Expertly manicured and boasting lots of impressive water features, this garden on the hill is a must-visit.
13. Lan Su Chinese Garden
Hidden behind a wall in a city block of Old Town Chinatown, this garden is picturesque and peaceful. Have tea at the teahouse and enjoy the lake right in the middle of the city block.
14. Feast at Pok Pok
Andy Ricker's flagship restaurant is a must visit. Thai street food is king here, and you will love every minute of it, especially if you get the famous wings that are really too good to say much else.
15. Explore a Swimming Hole
You need to escape into a local swimming hole come August and see what all the fuss is about. Head to Three Pools at Opal Creek or Oneota Gorge for a true Portlander experience in nature.
16. Check Out The Waterfalls
Multnomah Falls is great, and most people have been there. But have you traveled to all the other waterfalls on the Old Columbia River Highway? If you haven't, you should. Wahkeena Falls, Horsetail Falls and Latourell Falls are just three amazing falls within 30 minutes of Portland.
This French-inspired restaurant is a treat for foodies. Enjoy the amazing food in a laid-back atmosphere and it will be a thing food dreams are made of.
18. Play on Mt. Hood
Whether sun or snow, you have to explore the mountain that looms in the distance. Hit the hills for snowboarding or skiing in the winter or go hiking and swimming in the summer.
19. Visit the Ballet Theater
For a mid-size town, Portland is booming in the arts. Head to an Oregon Ballet Theater performance to take in this amazing art form.
20. Ride a Big Wave
If you have ever wanted to slide out of an airplane and onto a waterslide, you are in luck. Head over to the Wings & Waves Waterpark in McMinnville and make your dreams come true at this indoor water park. If you have any energy left, visit the amazing museum next door where Howard Hughes' original Spruce Goose is on display.