We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Tom McCall Waterfront Park

Front Avenue, Portland, OR 97205 (Downtown)
+1 503 823 2223
Improve this listing
Ranked #36 of 312 Attractions in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Parks
Activities: Running, Jogging, Biking
Description: Known to Oregonians as just Waterfront Park, there are many outdoor activities to enjoy here.
Write a Review

111 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Porter, Texas
18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

At the time of my visit the waterfront park was filled with geese. It was an unusual sight for me as geese are not that common where I live and hundreds of geese were in the grass walking, sleeping and talking to each other. The geese did not seem to be fearful of humans and would slowly walk away from... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Top Contributor
296 reviews 296 reviews
77 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We didn't get to explore all of the Waterfront Park. The main reason for going was the Portland Saturday Market (also there on Sunday) which features a surprising amount of quality crafts as opposed to mass-produced tourist trinkets. The park has bike paths, open green areas all the way down to the water and it stretches for a good long... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Tampa, Florida
Top Contributor
189 reviews 189 reviews
44 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

A really nice place to to a bike ride or walk along the waterfront. Many activities are staged here along the length of the waterfront and it is a nice escape from the urban mayhem. There is a public unisex restroom (surprisingly clean for a public restroom). There can be a many homeless about the green ways and it seems... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
12 reviews 12 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Fun and scenic (changing) ride with downtown eastside residential. A little of everything. On an earlier a.m. spectacular sunny fall day rode this whole loop yesterday - FUN!

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
137 reviews 137 reviews
75 attraction reviews
509 helpful votes 509 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Wonderful and active throughout the day and into the evening. Had a conference at the other side of the park so ended up walking through at least a couple of times a day over a week. The place is alive with families, children, young people and every one else mixing and co-existing. With the Saturday market at one end and... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
Delaware, Ohio
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
20 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

We were looking forward to taking a nice stroll along the waterfront because we heard it was beautiful and a definite must for Portland. It was definitely beautiful and we were able to take a great deal of pictures. However, the park was packed with bike riders, joggers, and a horde of homeless. I'm not sure if it was the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ronald, Washington
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 via mobile

I had to check my date, indeed it was Tuesday morning. There were so many people riding bikes, jogging, reading, visiting and just plain lounging I thought it must be a weekend. I actually rode my bike through the park and made a big loop up one side of the Willamette River and down the other. Very very interesting and... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Portland, Oregon
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This park is one of the places in Portland that is always lively and really reflects the flavor of the city. In the summer, it is the place for what seems to be nonstop festivals and events. Portland loves to celebrate summer outdoors. Here you have cyclists, families, tourists, homeless, lovers, joggers, locals sunbathing, business people taking lunch break......it is... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Granite Bay, California
Top Contributor
138 reviews 138 reviews
37 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We stopped by the Bite of Portland on a day that was very hot and humid. The park was dry and dusty. We have been to similar food sampling events in Seattle. This one was not worth the time or expense. W tried some salt and pepper chicken. It was tasty but tough. The lean sausages were too lean...dry and... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
18 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Any visit to PDX should include a stroll along the Willamette river via Tom Mc Call waterfront park.You can walk for an hour straight passing under several bridges which can be accessed by stairs if you want to walk to the east side of the river, where the OMSI museum is located (also recommended). At the south end is the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Tom McCall Waterfront Park also viewed


Been to Tom McCall Waterfront Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing