outdoor activities

Windsurfing in the Columbia River Gorge

Grab your board and head to the Columbia River Gorge, the windsurfing capital of the world, located a short drive east of Portland.

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Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

Round out your floral explorations of the Rose City with a visit to Southeast Portland’s lush Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden.

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Date night ideas in Portland

Planning a romantic evening in Portland? We have date night ideas for couples with all sorts of interests.

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Whale watching on the Oregon coast

Up to 20,000 gray whales migrate along Oregon's coast every winter and spring. Spot them from these four locations.

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Pumpkin patches in and near Portland

The Portland area has many farms with U-pick pumpkin patches and fun family activities like hayrides, corn mazes, petting zoos and cozy fall food and drink.

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Apple picking near Portland

Freshly-picked Pacific Northwest apples are a local favorite, and many Portland-area orchards allow visitors to pluck the fruit right off the branch.

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Multicultural murals of Portland

Portland’s murals serve as an introduction to the city’s rich multicultural history, as illustrated by some of the world’s most accomplished muralists.

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Baseball in Portland

Portland and nearby Hillsboro offer two local baseball teams pitching nothing but summery good times, the Portland Pickles and the Hillsboro Hops.

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Summer Free for All

Portland Parks & Recreation’s Summer Free For All program offers over 250 free events from June to September, including free movie screenings, concerts and rock climbing.

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Bridges of Portland

The Willamette River, which divides the city into east and west sides, features a dozen distinct crossings that hint at the city’s eclectic personality.

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