Things to do in Portland

Top Things to Do in Portland, OR - Portland Attractions

Things to Do in Portland

Top Attractions in Portland

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  • Ang22Eugene
    Eugene, Oregon22 contributions
    When you're in a big city, it is always nice to go somewhere within it that is close to nature and offers a relaxing environment. The International Rose Test Garden will give you that opportunity!
    Written April 22, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Thomas G
    Portland, OR13 contributions
    Well maintained public garden with wonderful near and far vistas, including water features, ponds, koi, with Japanese design influence in grounds and buildings.
    Written May 17, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Solo traveler
    25 contributions
    After finding that none of the local tour groups were running half day tours yet - too early in the spring - we decided to see what we could reach via local transit. We were staying downtown just a few blocks from a red line (tram) station. So we bought one day passes for $5 and headed out to Washington Park. The tram was easy to use despite slightly confusing directions from the front desk staff. The sidewalk stops are referred to as 'stations' even if there it's just a curb side stop. And not all stations have a kiosk to purchase the required ticket to board the trams.

    We enjoyed riding through the city because we were able to see several different neighborhoods on our way to Washington Park. The stop for Washington Park is in an underground station. There is an elevator to take you to street level. We had read that there was a free shuttle to take you around the Park. We exited the station and were facing the Discovery Museum across the road. From that spot there were no signs indicating where to catch the shuttle. You have to go around the the side of the station building to see that the shuttle picks up there -every 15 minutes when we visited.

    The shuttle arrived and we boarded along with 5 or 6 passengers. The ride through the park nice and it takes you near many of the sites in the park rose garden, Japanese garden, memorials, etc. It's a hop on hop off shuttle making all of the stops on each circuit.
    Written May 1, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • nijo00
    Garstang, UK116 contributions
    After the disappointment of Portland city centre this place is a jewel. Perched above the city it is a look into the lives of a self made man and his family. Restored by the city it is well worth a visit.
    Written April 24, 2022
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  • Cynthia C
    Willamette Valley, OR834 contributions
    In downtown so a bit noisy (bring some music-classical Chinese perhaps?) look up where to park and check and see if you need advance reservations, but once inside it is pure magic, don't miss the tea house food offerings if you are there when it is open.
    Written May 3, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • lee m
    Oakland, CA47 contributions
    The Holiday Lights are up and beautiful. Varying and a really good Grotto Carolers perform live Christmas music nightly in the chapel and outdoor tent. Lovely spot outdoors in Nature with a charming Friar Catholic Chapel. A large basalt cliff holds a shrine alter and daytime can take an elevator or wooded trails to gardens and a meditation area with large cross overlooking a North view to Washington State.
    Written December 3, 2021
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Cynthia C
    Willamette Valley, OR834 contributions
    Small towns and tiny cities, farmland and wineries. A great place to visit if you like peace and quiet, you will want to move here, but as lovely as the late spring and summer are, the rest of the year is nearly non-stop rain. So come visit in the dry season, you will not be dissapointed.
    Written May 3, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Renee L
    3 contributions
    It was a beautiful hike, even - maybe especially - on the rainy day we had. From a fairly fit 65-year-old, I would take all the health and fitness advice offered in the tour description seriously. There were some steep inclines and fallen trees to navigate. Wear good, non-slip hiking shoes and bring your own water.

    The only complaint I have, that was not made clear in the description or by the guide at the beginning of the hike, was that the tour did not end where it started. This could be very unsettling if you’re not prepared. I ended up at the Japanese Garden and got a Lyft back to my hotel from there.
    Written May 13, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • BlueTrombone
    Bellingham, WA3 contributions
    Had a great time exploring the gardens and enjoyed the beautiful flowers. Fun to see the ducks and learn about different flowers.
    Written May 23, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Isabelle F
    Portland, OR7 contributions
    The Frida Kahlo exhibition is well-done. I enjoyed the art and the photography - the exhibition is well-curated. Recommend seeing it.
    Written May 4, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Colleen S
    Portland, OR21 contributions
    Meander along paths through groves of different species atop a hill overlooking downtown, distant mountains, and connecting some of Portland's best destinations in Washington Park. This oasis of calm and green serves visitors and residents as the most accessible curated "woods" on Portland's west side, and connects seamlessly with the apparently unlimited miles of trails in Forest Park. You can hike the gently hill trails of Tualatin mountain for over 30 miles from Hoyt Arboretum, or visit for an hour and a brief leg-stretcher. The options are almost unlimited.
    Written November 23, 2021
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Cynthia C
    Willamette Valley, OR834 contributions
    I would not go to the area just to see the bridge, but that said it is lovely, you must go out to the tower on the riverside to really appriciate it. Pretty sure it was the entrance to the library in The Librarians (2014 TV series).
    Written May 3, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Margaret R
    Austin, TX52 contributions
    Although it’s a great place to bring children it is also a starting place of understanding for adults. Nicely done OMSI, your exhibits are engaging, smart and in good repair.
    Written April 3, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Solo traveler
    25 contributions
    We were happy to see that the market was up and operating. There were over 150 market vendors open when we were there. A wide variety of items available from jewelry to unusual Portland themed t-shirts/hoodies to locally made clothing and food items. There were also the expected range of food vendors on site. While there are plenty of standard vendors with mid range fare there are also plenty of more unusual offerings as well.
    Written May 1, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Cynthia C
    Willamette Valley, OR834 contributions
    The enclosures are made for the comfort and health of the animals but somehow that makes the hunt all the more charming, beautifully landscaped, a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.
    Written May 3, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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