10 Best Attractions near the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon

The Moda Center in Portland, Oregon is surrounded by cool attractions. The attractions near the Moda Center are almost limitless. Whether you want to shop, visit a museum, go to the zoo, stroll through a garden, tour a brewery, or take your kids to play somewhere awesome we have the place for you to visit. 

We narrowed down the attractions by proximity to the Moda Center, that way if you are limited for time you can still squeezed in an activity or two. 

OMSI tops our list because it is not only one of the closest attractions, but it is one of the best attractions in all of Portland. No matter what age you are you will enjoy exploring the hand on activities at OMSI. 

Need to get food, but want to make sure to you get some of that Portland culture in at the same time? We have that covered too. Grab a doughnut at Voodoo Doughnut or grab a meal at the Kennedy School. Both will provide a one of a kind Portland experience and the food is good too! 

If you need to grab some souvenirs while in town head over to Tom McCall Waterfront park. Here you will get to shop at the famous Saturday Market while also getting to see a nationally recognized green space. 

We hope our list helps you make the most of your time when visiting the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. 

Financial District


Among Portlanders with kids, spending a day at the zoo is probably the most favorite of family activities. Located up above the city in Washington Park, the zoo is home to more than 1000 animals. The staff work constantly to improve the living...  Read More



The Living Room theater in downtown Portland, Oregon is only of only two theaters of this kind in the United States. Living Room Theater is a perfect place to catch an independent film at a sophisticated yet superbly comfortable environment that...  Read More



Despite its name, the Portland Saturday Market is open on Sundays too, every weekend from March through December. Located on the West Bank of the Willamette River, the Market is sheltered by the Burnside Bridge and a glass-roofed structure...  Read More



Although Pioneer Courthouse Square and Powell's Books are often referred to as Portland's "living rooms," Tom McCall Park could also be named as such. Even in bad weather, a multitude of people congregate along the riverfront, and on nice days,...  Read More

McMenamin's Kennedy School


Built in 1915, this architecturally beautiful structure served generations of students before being closed in 1980. Following a series of renovations by the McMenamin brothers, it reopened as a neighborhood entertainment facility. These days, it...  Read More

Voodoo Doughnut
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Voodoo Doughnuts serves doughnut creations unlike anywhere else, because where else can you find a bacon maple bar, a chocolate donut covered in coco puffs, an apple fritter "as big as your head", or buy a coffin filled with donuts. You can even...  Read More

Alphabet District


Playdate PDX is a 7,500 square foot indoor play place for children near the Pearl District in downtown Portland, Oregon. Upon entering children are greeted by a castle where once inside there is all kinds of fun including an interactive light...  Read More

Northeast Portland


You can not visit Portland without checking out at least one brewery. Widmer Brothers Brewing opened in 1984 and has grown steadily over the years. They now produce 450,000 barrels a year. The Widmer Brother Brewery offers free tours of their...  Read More



Lan Su Yuan, the garden's official name, means "Garden of Awakening Orchids," and is considered the most authentic Chinese garden outside of China. Having opened in 2000, the garden was a joint project between Portland and its Chinese sister...  Read More



Dedicated to technology and science, this museum offers interactive educational exhibits that everyone can enjoy. The museum's six huge halls are filled with hands-on displays related to everything from outer space to computers. Labs throughout...  Read More


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