16 Can’t Miss Things To Do In Portland, Oregon

August 28, 2018

  1. Get doughnuts at Pip’s.  If it’s your birthday week, you can even snag a free dozen!  When people ask me what they should do in Portland, I always say go to Pip’s.
  2. Visit Oaks Amusement Park.   This was such a fun little place, even Sawyer was into it.  We attended a preschool morning and while it wasn’t free, it definitely was a great value.
    3. Go to Nak Won.  This is technically in Beaverton, which is a cute suburb of Portland.  WORTH THE DRIVE. 
    4. Visit one of the bazillion splash pads. 

    5.) Walk along the water front. Beware of the geese, but consider checking out the dragon boat races! 

    6.) Visit the Oregon Zoo.  I admit I’m biased, because I love Oregon.  However, I want you to know the zoo here is really amazing.
    7. Pick a park, any park. The park scene around is next level.  You really cannot go wrong.
    8.) Catch a fish at Horning’s Hideout & Picnic.  We love this little spot!  They have fish, peacocks and paddle boats!    9.) Visit the Children’s Museum- The Portland Children’s Museum is the best spot for a rainy Portland morning, truly.  
    10. Go for a cruise on the Portland Spirit.
    11. Drink beer. Honestly, in Portland you can turn this into a family outing.  There are so many neat places that offer playgrounds and craft beer in one convenient area.  Two of our favorites are McMemanin’s and Hopworks Urban Brewery 

    12. Buy Books at Powell’s. There is something so nostalgic about this place, even if you didn’t grow up here.  It feels like a Portland rite of massage to buy a book at Powell’s on a rainy day and go home to read it.

    13.  Of course, you have to visit Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI)  You know I say this every time I mention Portland.  They have something for every age, and even adults only events. 
    14.  Take the Arial Tram!
    15. Eat at a Food Truck, because #wheninRome.
    16. Take a day trip.  An hour in any direction will get you some awesome adventures.  Here are some examples:

    Crabbing at Kelly’s Brighton Marina
    Digging for Clams in Tillamook, Oregon
    Fishing in Oregon City
    Skiing in Government Camp!

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7 Comments
    1. Love the list! These are some that we love.

      Multnomah Fall (or any of the falls really)
      Rose Gardens
      Bike Town
      Ice cream from Salt n Straw
      PSU Farmers Market

    1. Pittock mansion, any of the many hikes in Forest Park, shopping on NW 23rd or Alberta, and if you have kids Play Date PDX. If you’ll be in Portland you might as well make your way out to go wine tasting as well. McMenamins Grande Lodge is amazing too, lots of live music and soaking pools, not too far from Portland but out far enough that you feel like you’re in the country!

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