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.
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.
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.”
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tom McCall Waterfront Park
Where: Naito Pkwy between SW Harrison St and NW Glisan St.
When: 24 hours a day
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: