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Pioneer Courthouse Square

701 Southwest Sixth Avenue, Broadway between Morrison and Yamhill, Portland, OR 97204 (Downtown)
503-223-1613
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Ranked #44 of 310 Attractions in Portland
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: People-watching
Description: A popular square in downtown Portland.
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Montgomery, Alabama
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33 reviews 33 reviews
24 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

This is a well maintained and used courthouse. There's no cost to tour it. You have a curator who tells you about the place and then you're on your own to explore. It's a working courthouse, so people are in different offices, but don't seem to mind you looking in.

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Atlanta, GA
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143 reviews 143 reviews
68 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

My wife and I were leery of visiting the square but we ended up being impressed. We visited 3 times in 6 days and got to enjoy an Italy festival, a free CD giveaway, free French fries courtesy of McDonalds, a music concert, flower market, a tremendous visitor information outlet, free public bathrooms, and (of course) a daily weather forecast... More

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Victoria, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a great place to just hang out and people-watch. At the time we were there was a modern dance troupe performing. Somewhat hidden underneath is the tourist information center. The volunteer on duty gave us a better map than we had come with and provided a few ideas for sights to see. Well worth stopping in.

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Singapore, Singapore
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I was only in Portland for less than a week but on my first night I walked by Pioneer Courthouse square. Music floated across the evening air, people gathered around and later, a free presentation of Jurasic Park was underway as I walked back. Over the next few days it seemed that there was always something going on! What a... More

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Seattle
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574 reviews 574 reviews
188 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

A central location to chill in Portland. The square is often used for public events so you can find a variety of goings on here. Fairly quiet if there are no events.

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

This was our meeting spot. Max goes all directions from here. Bus and trains are the way to go-excellent transit system.

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Calgary, Canada
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84 reviews 84 reviews
20 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

A great gathering point with attractions, shade, rest and very walkable. The summer farmers market is small, accessible and has nice fresh farm offerings. Some vendors need a bit of " public relations training". I like the amphitheatre set up for staging

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Kingsport, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This is a big public square in the Pearly District. There isn’t much here unless there’s something going on (which is usually the case, especially if the weather is nice…live music, movies at night, etc.). There is a tourist info center on the ground level that can help you with just about any question you have. There are also tourist... More

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Vermilion, Canada
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175 reviews 175 reviews
97 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This was a great place to rest awhile while we were waiting for the Big Pink Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Tour. It had lots of tables and chairs and benches; it had a statue of a man hailing a cab (which apparently is one of the most photographed statues in Portland); it had a fountain that some people sat... More

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Union City, New Jersey, United States
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144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

A great expansive square in downtown Portland. Great place to take a picture of the scenic courthouse or take a break on the stone benches around the square. When we visited there was a flower exhibition going on which was a lovely addition to the square. Great place to regroup when taking a walk around the city.

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