Free & Cheap Things to Do in Portland, OR

  • The list below includes 320 free or cheap things to do in or near Portland, Oregon, including 85 different types of inexpensive activities like Movie Theaters, Gardens, Historic Districts and Hiking Trails.
  • From Columbia River Gorge to Oneonta Gorge, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Portland and in nearby cities within 25 miles like West Linn, Vancouver, Oregon City and Hillsboro.
  • The list below includes 320 free or cheap things to do in or near Portland, Oregon, including 85 different types of inexpensive activities like Movie Theaters, Gardens, Historic Districts and Hiking Trails.
  • From Columbia River Gorge to Oneonta Gorge, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Portland and in nearby cities within 25 miles like West Linn, Vancouver, Oregon City and Hillsboro.
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Wine and Canvas 1812 Washington St, Vancouver, WA MoreLess Info
Classes open to all levels feature painting in various styles accompanied by expert instruction and drink specials
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Waterfalls 1200 NW Front, Portland, OR 97212 MoreLess Info
The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic area is 85 miles long and covering 292,500 acres. Hiking, biking, and horseback riding are popular within the park, especially to see the 620-foot Multnomah Falls, the highest year round waterfall in the United States, 800 species of wildflowers, and 200 species of birds…
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97% 454 votes
Hiking Trails Portland, OR MoreLess Info
The Oneonta Gorge is a mossy chasm that is so narrow that the Oneonta Creek is able to completely fill it from wall to wall. Hiking and photography are the two most common activities around this natural landmark.
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97% 672 votes
Forests NW 29 & Upshur to Newberry Road, Portland, OR 97210 MoreLess Info
Visitors find more than 80 miles of trails in Forest Park, the largest urban forest in the United States. John Charles Olmstead and his brother Frederick Law Olmstead first laid out the park in 1903.
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95% 3875 votes
Gardens 400 Southwest Kingston Avenue, Portland, OR 97201 MoreLess Info
The International Rose Test Garden is one of 24 gardens designated as a test garden by the All-America Rose Selections, and one of six test gardens for miniature roses recognized by the American Rose Society. The garden is the oldest public garden of its kind in the United States.
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92% 1921 votes
Gardens 239 NW Everett Street, Portland, OR 97209 MoreLess Info
Participate in poetry tours, learn to play the mandarin, learn traditional Chinese arts, learn calligraphy, learn the Chinese language, and listen to music are all activities done at the Lan Su Chinese Gardens. Most visitors opt, however, to go on a tour of the gardens.
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89% 4334 votes
Gardens 611 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205 MoreLess Info
The Portland Japanese Garden is 5.5-acres. The garden has five parts; The Strolling Path Garden featuring a 100-year five-tiered pagoda lantern; the natural garden with water features; the sand and stone garden like a Japanese rock garden; Fiat garden featuring evergreens and azaleas; and the tea garden featuri…
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83% 362 votes
Parks Front Avenue, Portland, OR 97205 MoreLess Info
Featuring a fountain and several statues, the Tom McCall Waterfront Park offers guests the opportunity to go hiking and biking. Visitors can also access the location's boat dock and visit the site's public art.
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71% 28 votes
Neighborhoods 3345 Southeast Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97214 MoreLess Info
This 370-seat live arts venue features live music, theatre, dance, and comedy performances from the likes of Denzel Curry, The Sonics, and Bully through its Mike Thrasher Present events. The location also hosts special events, such as jazz festivals.
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89% 835 votes
Arcades 511 NW Couch St., Portland, OR 97209 MoreLess Info
Home to a variety of classic video games, Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade features over 60 arcade games along with 27 pinball machines. The arcade provides a full-service bar and is used for karaoke, trivia, game tournaments and private events.
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18% 28 votes
Historic Districts Southwest Fourth Avenue and Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97209 MoreLess Info
The Old Town of Albuquerque is a shopping and tourist destination that features art galleries, jewelry stores, specialty shops, and antiques stores. Visitors of this site can also enjoy candy, ice cream, and coffee shops.
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