Portland, Oregon skyline at sunset from Pittock Mansion - photo by Jeff Hintzman under CC BY-ND 2.0
Portland, Oregon skyline at sunset from Pittock Mansion - photo by Jeff Hintzman under CC BY-ND 2.0


Visiting the city of Portland in Oregon? Here are some free things to do in Portland to help you have better control over your travel budget:


Free Things to Do in Portland: Admire the Beauty of the International Rose Test Garden

Founded in 1917, the International Rose Test Garden in Portland continues to amaze visitors with manicured displays of more than 10,000 plants.

Free Things to Do in Portland: Be Amazed with the “World’s Smallest Park”

More like a collection of garden plants, Mill Ends Park in Portland has been dubbed the smallest in the world.

Free Things to Do in Portland: Enjoy the Outdoors at Forest Park

This wooded area spans more than 5000 acres of land and has trails for biking and hiking. It’s a popular place to watch the birds and enjoy the beauty of nature. You might also want to check out the Witch’s Castle within the park that is rumored to be haunted.

Find Peace at The Grotto

This Catholic sanctuary is renowned for the Pieta replica within it. It also has serene botanical gardens and a grotto. While the upper level gardens require admission, the public is welcome to visit the lower gardens, chapel, grotto, gift shop and visitor center free of charge.

Go on a Brewery Tour

Being a beer town, a visit to Portland would be incomplete without taking a brewery tour. And the good news is there are some breweries in the city that offer tours free of charge (some are even kid-friendly). Hopworks Urban Brewery has free tours that include tastings every Saturday at 3:00pm. McMenamins Crystal Brewery has free tours each day. Breweries that require you to call ahead to schedule a free tour include Ground Breaker Brewing and Gastropub, Ecliptic Brewing, McMenamins Fulton Pub & Brewery, McMenamins Hillsdale Brewery & Public House, McMenamins Oak Hills Brewpub and Kells Brewery.


Learn More about Locomotives at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center

The Oregon Rail Heritage Center houses historic exhibits, as well as several restored trains. Some of the restored trains are even operational!

Observe the Haggling at Portland Saturday Market

Despite its name, Portland Saturday Market is open each Saturday and Sunday where you can browse through stalls and stalls of crafts, gift items, food and other products.

Relax at the Parks

There are several parks in Portland where you can sit back and watch the activities that take place. Among these are Pioneer Courthouse Square, Jamison Square, Director Park and Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

See the Splendor of the Urban Waterfalls at Keller Fountain Park

It’s not the regular fountain that you’re thinking… The angular Keller fountain resembles the famed waterfalls of the US Northwest and is truly a sight to see.

Visit The Historic Belmont Firehouse

The Historic Belmont Firehouse holds an open house each Wednesday, from 9:00am until 3:00pm. On the second Saturday of each month, it also hosts “Safety Saturday”, allowing visitors to view the exhibits and learn more about safety.

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