Things to Do in Downtown

Top 10 Things to Do in Downtown, Portland

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  • Isabelle F
    Portland, OR7 contributions
    The Frida Kahlo exhibition is well-done. I enjoyed the art and the photography - the exhibition is well-curated. Recommend seeing it.
    Written May 4, 2022
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  • dougofarabia
    Chicago, IL96 contributions
    I found this museum a good introduction to Oregon's history. The exhibits are informative, and they highlight the state's diversity well. It was quiet on a weekday, the staff were friendly, and admission is only $10. It's hard to go wrong!
    Written March 14, 2022
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  • Ghutch54
    Camas, WA105 contributions
    I've been to the Keller Auditorium many times, this time for Madame Butterfly, and, as ever, the performance was outstanding. I've been to the Met, too, and the cast in Madame Butterfly could easily sing at the Met - they were that good. Unfortunately, and for reasons I just don't understand, this wonderful venue spends next to nothing on food and drink. Why? Every ballpark in America makes money hand over fist with concessions while the Keller offers cookies, pretzels, et al instead of delectable finger foods that they could charge mightily for and sell out. The same can be said for their drink offerings. I'm not suggesting they open a fully stocked bar, but red, white or water leaves everything to be desired. Still, you go there for the performances and they never disappoint, so eat before or after and enjoy the performances. Someday they'll wise up and stop missing out on all the money they are leaving in patron pockets.
    Written November 4, 2019
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  • mostly_happy_camper
    New York City, NY210 contributions
    Magnificant place, worth a visit even if you do not want to use the library. The staircase from the first to the second floor alone is worth a stop (Central Library on the streetcar).

    If you actually want to go to a library, you can't do much better than this one. It has loads of periodicals, computer stations on all three floors, an excellent children's reading room, and a choice staff, all of whom seem to me to be happy employees, and they are more than willing and totally competent to help you out.

    Not as iconic as the famous New York City library on 42nd Street, but a landmark building in its own right.
    Written January 26, 2020
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  • Ruth F
    Portland, OR405 contributions
    When I have friends come to town we always had to leave Portland visitor Center. There’s always flyers and all kinds of information to get so people have items to take home to reflect on their wonderful time in Portland.
    Written September 3, 2019
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  • irenencurdie
    Alexandria, VA104 contributions
    There are some adorable animal statues by the courthouse and the square entrance has some historic gates marking the entrance to what once was an enormous hotel. Apparently the initial hotel investor went broke so the local citizens paid to complete the hotel. The hotel was demolished and the square was eventually installed. I liked the animals but the square didn't hold my interest until I read the sign about the weather statue. There is a tall statue in the corner of the square that keeps track of local weather. Every day at noon, the statue performs, which is AWESOME. The entertainment starts with an instrumental melody announcing the enchantment to come. You will then see the bird on the statue disappear into a dome after which a dragon and spikes emerge. Water mist gets sprayed during the performance, need I say more? Go see this.
    Written January 12, 2020
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  • LostALot22
    Chicago, IL10,500 contributions
    This park is very nice and right on the river. Nice views of all the bridges. But there are a lot of homeless people. Many seem to be in need of mental health professionals or drug rehab. It’s concerning. I’m an adult so I wasn’t super worried but I wouldn’t bring kids here.
    Written March 18, 2022
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  • backpacker31
    Boynton Beach, FL5,380 contributions
    It’s rare that I get a chance to see a lift bridge. I was fortunate to be walking along the waterfront and come across this long lift bridge. I watched two bridge operators performing some maintenance high up on the lift portion which was intriguing. The bridge itself made for some nice photo opportunities.
    Written October 30, 2019
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  • netdefender77
    Poughquag, NY211 contributions
    This is, from what I’ve heard, the worlds smallest park. No bigger than a beach ball. It’s a nice place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live here. As it sits in the middle of a crosswalk. Take a quick photo when traffic is light. Worth the quick visit
    Written August 30, 2019
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  • tmazionsmith
    Saint Paul, MN282 contributions
    Nice fountain area in the midst of the city. It was a nice spot to rest for a bit on a warm day. There are several different levels to explore and that provide different viewing points.
    Written May 25, 2022
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  • Richard E
    Coos Bay, OR304 contributions
    This is an urban college campus in downtown Portland. Very well maintained and accessible . The library was very impressive and the overall campus is very diverse. Very nice eating area, with lots of on campus and near campus places to have about any kind of food you seek, The easy access to the building was a big plus as well. Very enjoyable day.
    Written February 3, 2019
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  • Linda D
    Portland, ME2,534 contributions
    Several cute animal sculptures.some in rock water containers. The parking on the road is an issue on the weekend we visited. Do not drive in the train or bus lanes!
    Written May 6, 2018
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  • Dan W
    Portland, OR1,983 contributions
    This historic and relative attractive bridge is definitely worth a walk across. Each end provides insight to different slices of life as it's easy to explore inner city Portland from the east and the west. It's not a long walk and it allows for nice views of the city, especially at night.
    Written May 28, 2019
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  • LostALot22
    Chicago, IL10,500 contributions
    This is a mall in the downtown area. It seems to have been spared a lot of the things you see in other building which I assume was from the riots. Downtown is a little rugged but this mall is nice.
    Written March 18, 2022
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  • backpacker31
    Boynton Beach, FL5,380 contributions
    Located above the entrance of the Portland Building is this massive copper repousse - in fact, it’s the world’s second largest (#1 is the Statue of Liberty)! It is best viewed from across the street - even better if you can travel up several floors inside the building across the street. Be sure to read the information plaque and accompanying poem.
    Written October 30, 2019
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