Portland has so many wonderful things to offer! Here are some great options for things to try while you are here in PDX!
Powell's headquarters, dubbed Powell's City of Books, claims to be the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world. Powell's City of Books is located in the Pearl District on the edge of downtown and occupies a full city block between NW 10th and 11th Avenues and between W. Burnside and NW Couch Streets. It contains over 68,000 square feet (6,300 m2), about 1.6 acres of retail floor space. CNN rates it one of the ten "coolest" bookstores in the world.
The 64-acre Oregon Zoo is located in Portland. The zoo has five major exhibit areas: Great Northwest, Fragile Forests, Asia, Pacific Shores and Africa. Within these large areas are 23 specialized exhibits. 1,955 individual animals represent 232 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates.
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, is ranked as one of the top science centers in the United States and has an international reputation for its innovative exhibits and educational programs. The museum includes a science playground, planetarium, tours of the USS Blueback submarine docked outside the museum, the Empirical Theater, daily events, featured exhibits and Theory eatery.
Portland Children's Museum is designed to create transformative learning experience through arts and sciences. They use familiar materials to craft priceless opportunities for children to learn through play. Exhibits include a Treehouse adventure, a clay studio and a zany maze.
Located in Portland’s beautiful Washington Park, our 20,000 square foot museum is sure to delight anyone from ages 3 to 103. Visitors will be both educated and entertained as they learn about the importance of forests and trees in our lives, as well as environmental sustainability.
Enjoy the great outdoors by taking a hike in Washington Park! Click the hiker for a trail map to the 2.7 mile trail that leads you past the zoo, the Japanese Gardens, the international Rose Tea Garden, Pittock Mansion and Hoyt Arboretum.
The Portland Aerial Tram carries commuters between the city's South Waterfront district and the main Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) campus. It is one of only two commuter aerial tramways in the United States, the other being New York City. The tram travels a horizontal distance of 3,300 feet (1,000 m) and a vertical distance of 500 feet (150 m) in a ride that lasts three minutes. It's an amazing way to see the city!
Salt & Straw is an artisanal ice cream company launched in 2011. They have gained national media attention for their exotic flavors. In 2015, Salt and Straw partnered each shop with different elementary schools to create flavors designed by children. Stop, Guac & Roll (avocado-vanilla ice cream with cinnamon-sugar-dusted fried tortillas) and Honey Bear (vanilla custard with chocolate honeycomb candy and edible glitter) were two of the flavors created.
See a movie on a Digital 7.1 Sound, Super HD projection, steeper stadium seating, extra wide rows, extra wide reclining ultra-leather seats. Enjoy refreshments served in your seats featuring all of our delicious theater menu items!
42 state-of-the-art bowling lanes including 12 plush VIP Lanes, 7000 sq ft arcade with over 200 of the latest & greatest video and redemption games, Skybox lounge and caddy shack with 55' wide HD projection screen for viewing the game!
Sky High Trampoline Park is an open play trampoline park with foam pit, kids area, and snack shack. It's Youtube videos make it a legendary place to visit! Check out some videos HERE.
iFly Indoor Skydiving is the simulation of true freefall conditions in a vertical wind tunnel. It's where the dream of flight become reality. See videos HERE.
Just Outside Portland:
The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum and Wings & Waves Waterpark are located 3.5 miles southeast of McMinnville, Oregon, on Highway 18 across from the McMinnville Municipal Airport. It is approximately one hour from Portland. The aviation museum houses the Spruce Goose, the largest airplane ever constructed, an all wood aircraft flown only one time. Don't miss the indoor Wings and Waves Waterpark! The four waterslides are accessed through the Boeing 747 resting on top of the waterpark!