Things to Do in Portland
Passing through the City of Roses, and wondering what your options are for things to do in Portland? Aloft Portland Airport at Cascade Station is just a hop, skip and a jump from Portland International Airport and just ten miles to downtown Portland.
Aloft Portland Airport is just steps from the light rail's Cascades stop, from there it’s an easy ride to downtown’s riverside parks, cool culture, and high-tech trade. Stroll the Pearl District for unique boutiques and edgy art galleries. Sample the city’s myriad microbrews. Or browse the bounty of books—and grab a great cup of joe—at legendary Powell’s. Seeking open-air excitement? Forest Park offers a taste of the great outdoors just minutes from the city center. Or head out to Mount Hood for hiking and snow sports.
- Powell's City of Books - Covering an entire city block, Powell's City of books contains more than 1.5 million books in 3,500 different sections. Get a cup of joe at the in-store coffee shop, grab a map to the nine color-coded rooms and embark on a glorious journey as you lose yourself in the largest new and used bookstore on Earth.
- Lan Su Chinese Garden - A year-round wonder, the Lan Su Chinese Garden is where visitors can explore and discover an authentically built Ming Dynasty style garden. Public and audio tours are available and the garden's teahouse serves light snacks and traditional Chinese teas.
- Portland Saturday Market - The nation's largest open-air arts and crafts market is open rain or shine, Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday from 11am to 4:30pm, March through December 24. Stroll through rows and rows of unique creations made by the people who sell them as you enjoy live music and international snacks. The market is open to the public and free of charge, located at Southwest Ankeny Street & Naito Parkway.
- Oregon Zoo - Travel around the world in an afternoon as you explore the Oregon Zoo and observe more than 2,000 animals from across the globe. The Zoo is located in Washington Park, five minutes from downtown on Highway 26 West or about 10 via MAX light rail (Blue or Red Line, Washington Park stop). Open daily; admission charged.
- Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) - Embark on a journey as you explore OMSI's 219,000 square feet of brain-powered fun. Complete with five enormous halls that bring science to life through hundreds of interactive exhibits and displays. Experience an earthquake, explore the universe in a world-class planetarium or take part in live lab demonstrations. Open daily; admission charged.
- Voodoo Doughnut - Located in the popular nightlife district of Old Town lies Voodoo Doughnut, arguably the city's most unusual and delicious culinary creations. Doughnuts are topped with creative ingredients such as bacon, Captain Crunch, Fruit Loops, and Oreos creating sugary delicacies that are almost as fun to look at as they are to eat.
- International Rose Test Garden - Washington Park is also home to the oldest rose test gardens in the country. The largest of Portland's three rose gardens has 7,000 rose bushes, spectacular city views and an on-site gift shop. Free tours are offered from June through September.
- Brewery and Distillery Tours - Portland is home to a plethora of breweries and distilleries, many of whom offer complimentary tours and tastings. Contact each facility for hours of operation and details.
- BridgePort Brewing Company
- Clear Creek Distillery
- House Spirits Distillery
- Rogue Ales Distillery and Public House
- Widmer Brothers Brewing Company