Top Free Things to Do in Portland, Oregon

If you're low on cash but you still want to get out of the house, you're in luck. Here's a list of parks, attractions, and neighborhoods you can visit for free.

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Forest Park

Footpath in forest park
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Address
Portland, OR 97231, USA
Phone
+1 503-823-4492
Parks & Gardens
4.7

Where: Because the park is so large, there are many entrance points. Check the maps at the Friends of Forest Park website

When: Daily 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

02 of 09

Saturday Market

Address
2 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204, USA
Phone
+1 503-222-6072

Where: Underneath the Burnside Bridge on the west side of downtown Portland.

When:Saturdays and Sundays from March – December 24. The market is also open for an entire week leading up to Christmas Eve for what’s called “The Festival of the Last Minute.”

03 of 09

Portland Farmer’s Market

Address
1831 SW Pedestrian Trail, Portland, OR 97201, USA
Phone
+1 503-241-0032

What: Local farmers and food vendors sell the goods they’ve grown or made locally. In addition to excellent produce, you’ll find baked goods, meats, cheeses, and a variety of gourmet foods.

Where: Saturdays in the south park blocks between SW Harrison and Montgomery. Wednesdays in the south park blocks between SW Salmon and Main.

When: Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., April - October

04 of 09

Pioneer Courthouse Square

Address
701 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97205, USA
Phone
+1 503-223-1613

What: A public square in the center of downtown, known as “Portland’s living room.” The square hosts hundreds of events each year, including concerts and cultural fairs. In the warmer months, it’s a great place to sit and people watch.

Where: The block between SW 6th and Broadway and between SW Yamhill and Morrison

When: The square never closes. 

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05 of 09

International Rose Test Garden

Address
400 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205, USA
Phone
+1 503-823-3636
Parks & Gardens
4.6

Where: 400 SW Kingston Ave., (inside Washington Park)

When: Daily from 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. The roses begin blooming in early May and peak around the first week of June.

06 of 09

Powell’s City of Books

Address
1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209-3114, USA
Phone
+1 800-878-7323
Shops, Boutiques & Markets
4.9

What: A must-see bookstore that takes up an entire city block and holds more than a million volumes. Every Portlander must get lost here at least once. Beyond books, Powell’s also has a coffee shop and an art gallery in the Pearl Room.

Where: Enter at the Corner of W. Burnside and 10th Ave.

When: Daily 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. with shorter hours on holidays. 

07 of 09

Hoyt Arboretum

Address
4000 SW Fairview Blvd, Portland, OR 97221-2706, USA
Phone
+1 503-865-8733
Parks & Gardens
4.7

Where: 2 miles west of downtown near the zoo. See the website for directions.

When: Grounds: Daily, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Visitor Center: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. M – F, closes at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

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Tom McCall Waterfront Park

Address
98 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204, USA

Where: Naito Pkwy between SW Harrison St and NW Glisan St.

When: 24 hours a day

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09 of 09

Brewery Tours

Address
929 N Russell St, Portland, OR 97227, USA
Phone
+1 503-281-3333

What: Learn about the brewing process and see the inner workings of Portland's best breweries. You might even get to taste the suds.

When: Call ahead to schedule your tour.

Where: There are lots of breweries to choose from. The most popular are:

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9 Best Free Things to Do in Portland