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Skidmore Fountain

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Address: Southwest First Avenue and Ankeny Street, Portland, OR 97204
Phone Number: 503 275 8355
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6:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Don't Blink! This fountain reminds me of Doctor Who!

We had a very difficult time finding this and almost gave up. My GPS did not take me to the right place. We talked to a couple of people and a police officer on the street. Then... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 13, 2015

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43 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We had a very difficult time finding this and almost gave up. My GPS did not take me to the right place. We talked to a couple of people and a police officer on the street. Then my son used his Maps on his phone and we were able to get there with a combination of the phone and the... More 

Thank desirees667
Palm Harbor, Florida
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289 reviews
98 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The fountain was much more interesting to look at and study after our guide shared the history. It was also interesting to learn that every metropolitan block contained public art. We started seeing art everywhere after learning this fact. I discovered the PDX public art app after leaving Portland and wish I had had it during the visit.

Thank dragonflytw65
Lebanon, Oregon
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53 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

A beautiful scene for portland's saturday market. The grand old fountain, square and surroundings have changed little from their beginnings and the space is a wonderful place to visit for the saturday market.

Thank QuietAmerican1
Morristown, New Jersey
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550 reviews
235 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 249 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

We could barely see this fountain on a recent Saturday during the Portland Farmer’s and Skidmore Markets. It was so crowded with market goers and filled with vendor tents that we didn’t realize where we were or looking at. The market was fun, but if you are actually interested in just seeing and taking pictures of the Skidmore Fountain then... More 

Thank MitchPhyllis65
Eugene, Oregon
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59 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

We visited Portland to be in a video shoot near the Riverfront Park Skidmore Fountain. It was a pleasant place with lots of people jogging, walking their dogs, just strolling. We saw some children running through the water, having lots of fun.

Thank Marilyn M
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109 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

The area needs a little TLC, and cleaning up. Somewhat of a hub area for the Homeless. Best as a daytime visit. But only about a block from Voodoo Donuts

Thank DandHDirkse
Aiea, Hawaii
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488 reviews
174 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

This is not a spectacular fountain. It is historically significant for this area, however. It's also a gathering place on weekends for the Portland Saturday Market crowd, aging hippies and the ever-present homeless. On weekends (a Sunday in our case) there was a street performer. But, I have to admit I was constantly vigilant of people brushing up against me,... More 

Thank Shaka_Frank
Spokane, Washington
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

I was following the eye candy with mindless enjoyment when we emerged at the Skidmore Fountain. I felt as if is stepped into a vortex. Wow I thought, a Three Od Cups. Then I dipped my hand in and the water was brilliantly cold. Take that, Pepsi! I was captivated and I came more and more to attention. You might... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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108 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Hey Portland clean up your city. The last 2 times I have brought people in from out of town we went by the Skidmore fountain. We were harassed by the homeless people both times and we got to watch people take a leak on the sides of buildings in the area. The fountain was the best part though. There were... More 

3 Thank Tulsadivers
Richland, Washington
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16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

I guess fountain enthusiasts would probably appreciate this more than me, but I was amazed and how less recognized this fountain in being as close as it is to downtown portland. I found around the skidmore block and there were some cool little shops and bars/breweries. Quick walk away from rock bottom and deschutes breweries, and steel and burnside bridges.... More 

Thank wanderinggs

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