- 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, Hiking Trails and Historic Districts.
- 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.
Beginning in 1998, the Salem Saturday Market has since grown to be one of the largest market operations in the state of Oregon. Fresh and locally grown produce and flowers are available as are specialty food items from a variety of vendors.
Bush's Pasture Park contains the oldest greenhouse conservatory in Oregon, the Bush Barn Art Center featuring contemporary art, and the Bush Museum in the Asahel Bush home. The park also contains numerous playgrounds, horseshoe courts, tennis courts, and ball fields.
Guided tours take visitors to Bush House Museum back to 1878, the year the family mansion was constructed. Inhabited for 75 years by the family of owner Asahel Bush II, the house, located in Bush's Pasture Park, was kept largely in its original condition.
With its grand architecture, Victorian gardens and intricate stained glass, the Historic Deepwood Estate is a must-see for locals and visitors to Salem. The estates rich history began in 1893, and today the grounds are available for weddings and private events.
There is a 3.5 mile traffic free biking and hiking trail around the lake, 3 playgrounds, Japanese gardens and fishing areas. Picnic anyway around the lake, and then rent a kayak or canoe that can be launched from one of several docks. In the summer there are live music events.
Round up some friends for a few games at Triangle Bowl. Leagues, open play and birthday parties are offered. Stop in on the weekend for special events like Moonlight Bowl and Monte Carlo. Foods and beverages are available. Open seven days a week.
As of 2013, native grasses are being restored to the Minto Brown Park. Visitors can expect to see this restoration, along with a large off-leash area for pets, and 14 hiking trails ranging from .11 miles to 1.89 miles.