Things to Do in Portland

Like the city itself, Portland's attractions are a little unexpected and always inspiring.

Top Attractions

Some of the most popular things to do in Portland include visits to gardens, museums and the world’s largest independent bookstore.

Forest Park

With 70 miles of trails within Portland city limits, 5,156-acre Forest Park is a popular escape for runners, equestrians and hikers alike.

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Museums in Portland

Learn more about the city (and beyond) at these local historical institutions.

  • Oregon Historical Society

    Located in downtown Portland’s South Park Blocks, the Oregon Historical Society’s museum features original and traveling exhibitions telling stories of the people, places and events that have shaped Oregon and American history.

  • Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education

    The mission of the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education is to interpret the Oregon Jewish experience, explore the lessons of the Holocaust and foster intercultural conversations.

  • Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center Japanese American History Museum

    This museum serves as a focal point for the preservation and sharing of the history and culture of the Japanese American community in Portland's Old Town neighborhood.

  • Pittock Mansion

    Built in 1914, Pittock Mansion is full of rich history and the stories of one of Portland’s most influential families. Explore 23 rooms and enjoy panoramic views of mountains, river, forests and downtown.

  • Portland Art Museum

    The renowned Portland Art Museum is the oldest museum in the Pacific Northwest. Located in the heart of downtown’s Cultural District, the museum’s campus includes an outdoor sculpture court, permanent galleries and special exhibitions.

Top Family Friendly Attractions

Enjoy hands-on science at OMSI, elephants at the zoo, and wonder at our natural heritage at the World Forestry Center Discovery Museum.

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)

With a planetarium, a giant-screen theater, a retired navy submarine, traveling exhibits and “After Dark” events, OMSI has lures for all ages.

Portland Children’s Museum

Dreaming of a family-friendly afternoon full of hands-on learning? Head to the Portland Children’s Museum, in attraction-packed Washington Park.

World Forestry Center Discovery Museum

Tree- and forest-lovers of all ages can learn about sustainability and experience a Portland icon at the World Forestry Center Discovery Museum.

Tax-Free Shopping

Enjoy big-box and indie shopping in The Rose City — all without the sales tax.

Portland on a Budget

There’s plenty to eat, drink, see and do in the Rose City — all without overspending.