Free Attractions and Activities in Portland, Oregon

There are so many free activities in Portland, Oregon that you could spend a 5 days in Portland doing something different every single day and still not run out of free things to do. You could probably visit way longer than that and still not run out of free Portland activities. Part of the reason there are so many free activities is Portland's desire to preserve green spaces. This shows throughout with the many parks and gardens. All of these green spaces are free and many of unique features whether that be a play fountain for children, 500 varieties of roses, or hiking trails. Tom McCall Waterfront park is an award winning green space and home to the Portland Saturday Market which happens to also be free! Not only are there many green spaces to enjoy but there are many museums here.

The Historic Belmont Firehouse is always free, but many of the other museums offer times during the month that they open their doors to the public at no charge. Even the art galleries have joined together to offer a set free day each month like the First Thursdays of Portland when you can spend your entire evening strolling through downtown art galleries at no charge.

We hope our list of the top 10 free activities in Portland helps you plan a wonderful visit to Portland. 



Jeff Morris Fire & Life Safety Foundation and Portland Fire & Rescue have teamed up to bring you a remarkable facility known as the "Safety Learning Center & Fire Museum," at the Historic Belmont Firehouse. Tours are usually last an...  Read More



The Springwater Corridor is a multiuse trail that runs from SE Ivan St. in Portland all the way to Boring, OR. The trail is currently 14.2 miles one way. The Springwater Corridor connects many parks including Tideman Johnson Nature Park,...  Read More

Financial District


This public square is affectionately referred to as Portland's "living room," thanks to its popularity as a gathering place and as a site for public festivals and events. In past years, the site was occupied by a school, a hotel, and a parking...  Read More

Jamison Square
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Jamison Square is an outdoor park in the Pearl District hidden among high rise condominiums. During the warm months kids can play in the tiered fountain that runs continuously. As the fountain runs it forms a shallow pool and then drains itself,...  Read More



First Thursdays of Portland is a popular event for locals to see and be seen. It's a time when downtown galleries open their doors and celebrate featured artists. Street vendors also put out their wares, and activities include live music, hors...  Read More

West Hills


Forest Park is Portland's own enchanted forest. Forest Park is well known for being the largest urban forest in the country located within a city. Forest park encompasses more than 5000 acres full of dense trees, rivers, waterfalls, and bridges....  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



Housed in a five-story building that occupies an entire city block, calling Powell's a "City of Books" is hardly hyperbole. By far the largest book store in Portland, Powell's claims to be the largest independent book store in the nation. Ever...  Read More



Not only will you see roses that you've never seen before here, you will also have an incredible view of the city and Mt. Hood from these terraced gardens. Instituted in 1917, the gardens give trial runs to various rose hybrids before they're...  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


Meet Meagan Wristen

Meagan Wristen is an Oregon resident by choice and thinks Portland is a tremendous city that everyone should visit. Originally a Texas girl, she has lived all around the United States,...  More About Meagan