10 Free Things to do in Portland

1. Powell’s City of Books

Explore the worlds largest independent bookstore with more than 1.5 million books, covering one city block you won’t want to miss out on visiting!  “It can be easy to get lost in Powell’s 68,000 square feet, nine rooms, three floors and 35,00 sections!” Every room has a staffed information desk and computers to look up titles, a Cafe on the first level and restrooms on the second level in the Rose Room.

2. Pioneer Courthouse Square

“Portland’s Living Room” is Oregon single most visited attraction, attracting 9.5 million people annually! There are food carts, vendors and all sorts of events, check out their website to see a schedule of events.

3. Brewery and Distillery tours

Lots of Portland’s famous breweries and distilleries offer free tours and tastings several times a week. Contact the breweries for more info.

Bridgeport Brewing

Hopworks Urban Brewing

Rouge Brewery

4. Central Library

Check this library’s huge 14 foot bronze cast tree in the children’s section of this garden themed library. Portland’s Central Library is the oldest library on the west coast, built in 1913. Open from: Monday and Thursday-Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

5. Forest Park

“This nearly 5,000-acre wilderness has miles of hiking, jogging and mountain biking trails that are relatively free of traffic during the cooler winter months. Autumn sees the park’s mostly evergreen forest dotted with vibrant fall color.”

6. Portland Saturday Market

You don’t have to buy anything to enjoy this huge Saturday Market. There are plenty of free samples! There are also handmade crafts, artwork, jewelry, clothing, live music and all sorts of local performers.

7. Hoyt Arboretum

Explore and hike 12 miles of Oregon trails at the Hoyt Arboretum.

8. The Grotto

You don’t want to miss this beautiful catholic sanctuary. One of the main attractions is the giant marble replica of Michelangelo’s famous Pietà carved into the side of a 110 foot cliff. You can also take an elevator ride to the top of the bluff to get an amazing view of the Columbia River.

9. Plays in the Park

Actors perform Shakespeare plays in the park for FREE! Check out their schedule to see when and where to catch one of their shows.

10. Last Thursday

An art walk on the last Thursday of all of the summer months! Hundreds of vendors and local artists gather on Alberta Street to showcase their work, stretching for 15 city blocks.

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