25 Best Things to Do in Portland (Oregon)

The city of Portland is the largest in the state of Oregon. At the beginning of the 20th century the city was known to be one of the most dangerous port cities in the world with organized crime and racketeering being common place. This reputation is now in the past and the city has been voted as the 8th most popular city in America.

The city is very conscious of its effect on the environment and is one of the greenest cities in the world. Many people here cycle more than they drive, do a lot of walking and participate in farm to table dining.

Let’s explore the best attractions, points of interest & fun things to do in Portland.

1. Get Hands-On At The Oregon Museum Of Science And Industry

Oregon Museum Of Science And Industry

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Oregon Museum Of Science And Industry

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry was initially hosted in businessman Ralph Lloyds’s house. He had the first planetarium in the Northwest which included a show that lasted twenty minutes. As time went by the museum became more and more popular and the house that was being used for the museum was set to be demolished. Luckily Oregon City Council stepped up to the plate and agreed to lease some land in Washington Park. 400 volunteers became involved in the project and the new museum opened in 1958. Today the museum is incredibly popular and serves over 1 million visitors each year.

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25 Best Things to Do in Portland (Oregon):

Pioneer Courthouse Square

  • Oregon Museum Of Science And Industry: flickr
  • Portland Japanese Garden: flickr
  • Tiger at the Oregon Zoo: flickr
  • Pittock Mansion: flickr
  • Lan Su Chinese Garden, Portland: flickr
  • Pioneer Courthouse Square: flickr
  • Forest Park, Portland: flickr
  • Portland Japanese Garden: flickr
  • Tom McCall Waterfront Park: flickr
  • Children’s Museum: flickr
  • Oaks Park: flickr
  • The Grotto, Portland: flickr
  • Oregon Historical Museum: flickr
  • Hoyt Arboretum: flickr
  • Portland Art Museum: flickr
  • World Forestry Center: flickr
  • Museum Of Contemporary Craft: flickr
  • Convention Center: flickr
  • Portland International Raceway: flickr
  • South Park Blocks: flickr
  • Portland Timbers: flickr
  • Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden: flickr
  • Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education: ojmche
  • USS Blueback: flickr
  • The Benson Hotel: flickr