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Things to do in Portland - Oregon

Offering adventure and great views of Portland - Oregon, a trip on the Portland Aerial Tram from South Portland is a good introduction to the city. Trams leave the river's east bank beside the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Washington Park is home to the Portland Japanese Garden, the International Rose Test Garden and the Oregon Zoo. Treats for culture lovers include Downtown's Portland Art Museum and Portland Opera. Some museums are closed on Mondays.

Portland Aerial Tram, Portland. Photo by Kent Anderson, courtesy of OHSU

Museums and Galleries

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  1. 1. Portland Art Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Portland Art Museum, Portland. Courtesy of Portland Art Museum

    Founded in 1892, the Portland Art Museum comprises a diverse collection of more than 42,000 works of art housed in two magnificent downtown buildings. The Native American art is a particular highlight of the museum's collection.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$12; concessions US$9; under 18s free

    Opening hours

    Tue, Wed & Sat 10am-5pm; Thu & Fri 10am-8pm; Sun 12pm-5pm

    Address

    1219, SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205

    Telephone

    +1 503 226 2811

    Transport

    MAX Light Rail to SW 10th Avenue

    Website

  2. 2. Oregon Museum of Science and Industry - Museums and Galleries

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    Submarine tour at the OMSI, Portland. Courtesy of the OMSI

    Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, on the Willamette River's east bank, is fun, interactive and educational. For an extra fee, you can tour a submarine, watch a film in the OMNIMAX Dome Theater and see a Planetarium show.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$11; concessions & 3-13s US$9

    Opening hours

    Mid-Jun-Aug Tue-Sun 9.30am-7pm; Sep-mid-Jun Tue-Sun 9.30am-5.30pm; open Mon during Portland public school holidays

    Address

    1945, SE Water Ave, Portland, OR 97214-3354

    Telephone

    +1 503 797 4000

    Transport

    OMSI TriMet Shuttle from the Convention Center MAX station

    Website

Attractions

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  1. 3. Portland Japanese Garden - Attractions

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    Japanese Garden, Portland. Photo by Laura Davidson, courtesy of the Japanese Garden

    The Portland Japanese Garden offers fine views of snow-capped Mount Hood. Its five garden styles include a Tea Garden and Sand and Stone Garden. One of several Washington Park attractions, this garden is popular and always tranquil.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$8; concessions US$5.25-US$6.75; under 6s free

    Opening hours

    Apr-Sep Mon 12pm-7pm; Tue-Sun 10am-7pm; Oct-Mar Mon 12pm-4pm; Tue-Sun 10am-4pm

    Address

    611, SW Kingston Avenue, Portland, OR 97205

    Telephone

    +1 503 223 1321

    Transport

    MAX Light Rail to Zoo / Washington Park

    Website

    Portland Japanese Garden

  2. 4. International Rose Test Garden - Attractions

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    International Rose Test Garden, Portland. Courtesy of Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland, Oregon

    Portland is known as the City of Roses, and new types have been tested at the International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park since 1917. Blooms begin to appear in early May and are most spectacular in early June.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily 7.30am-9pm

    Address

    850, SW Rose Garden Way, Portland, OR 97205

    Telephone

    +1 503 227 7033

    Transport

    MAX Light Rail to Zoo / Washington Park

    Website

    International Rose Test Garden

Special things to do

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  1. 5. Portland Aerial Tram - Special Things to do

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    Portland Aerial Tram, Portland. Photo by Kent Anderson, courtesy of OHSU

    Portland Aerial Tram is a cable car connecting two parts of the Oregon Health and Science University. Travelling from the South Waterfront, South Portland, to Marquam Hill, Homestead, the tram rises 500 feet in three minutes, offering panoramic city views.Show this on map

    Cost

    Return trip US$4; under 7s free

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 5.30am-9.30pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun (mid-May-mid-Sep only) 1pm-5pm

    Address

    3303, SW Bond Avenue, Portland, OR 97239

    Telephone

    +1 503 494 8283

    Transport

    Portland Streetcar to SW Moody and Gibbs stop

    Website

    Portland Aerial Tram

  2. 6. Oregon Zoo - Special Things to do

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    Oregon Zoo, Portland. Photo by Michael Durham, © Oregon Zoo

    Oregon Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the western US and was established in Washington Park in 1887. It has a successful breeding programme for endangered species. In summer the zoo hosts outdoor concerts.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$10.50; concessions US$9; 3-11s US$7.50; under 3s free

    Opening hours

    Mid-Apr-mid-Sep daily 9am-6pm; mid-Sep-mid-Apr daily 9am-4pm

    Address

    4001, SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR 97221-9704

    Telephone

    +1 503 226 1561

    Transport

    MAX Light Rail to Washington Park

    Website

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