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“Great Introduction to Portland”

Secrets Of Portlandia Free Walking Tour
Ranked #6 of 107 Tours in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Your tour guide will always be Erik. He always wears a Neon Green Shirt. Beware the competitor walking tour company that stands next to Erik with a "Free Tour" sign- If the guide isn't Erik in a neon green shirt, you don't have the right tour. The Tour Is Currently Up And Running! From May 5th until September 30th, 2017, there will be a Free Tour of Portland every single day of the week at 11am. On Labor Day weekend (Fri Sept 1st, Sat 2nd, Sun 3rd,) there will be an additional afternoon tour at 2:30 pm. The afternoon tour meets at the same meeting point and is the same material. Please see the "Tour Schedule Summer 2017" if you have any questions about tour times. Think of this tour as stand up comedy about Portland's weird and wacky history and culture. Sure to have you laughing the whole way through, this is without question the most entertaining walking tour in town! Come find out why local comedian Erik Kennon's Free Walking Tour is so much more fun than one that costs $20 up front! The Free Tour starts everyday at 11am on the sidewalk of SW 6th Ave in front of Pioneer Courthouse (across the street from Pioneer Square and the Visitor Information Center.) No reservation necessary! Just show up! The tour meets 7 days a week, rain or shine :-) Look for Erik, who will be wearing his signature neon green "Free Tour" t-shirt. The tour is about 2 to 2.5 hrs long and ends in front of Voodoo Donuts, Chinatown, and the Saturday Market. You'll receive insider tips on restaurants and nightlife, and lots of photo ops! Your guide works for tips- you can be assured of the highest quality!
Toronto, Canada
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84 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
“Great Introduction to Portland”
Reviewed August 10, 2012

Eric loves Portland, and his enthusiasm for his town shines through in this tour. I had a great time, learned a lot, and laughed a lot. I highly recommend this.

Visited August 2012
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Reviewed August 9, 2012

This kid knows his stuff. He's very knowledgable but not with facts that bore you. He has fascinating history to share and even though your feet hurt by the end you can't wait to hear what he has to say next!
I was wondering aimlessly around checking out the sights when I stumbled across his free tour sign and without his tour I would have only seen a tenth of what he showed us plus all the history and facts behind it!
I can see why he is so highly rated. Well worth a great tip in the end!

Thank minny31
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“Great Start to a trip in Portland”
Reviewed August 8, 2012

I was delighted and surprised that this free tour even existed given that others charged $20 and up and were reviewed miserably. This was worth a chance, and it turned out to be just what me and my traveling buddy wanted! Lots of quirky landmarks and facts were pointed out, things I was interested in, that I'm sure other tours wouldn't have pointed out. The guy is brilliant enough to offer the tours every day, and covers a lot of ground...just the right amount in my opinion. Delivered with an energetic, interesting vibe, I recommend this tour for sure!

Visited August 2012
Thank d b
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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A Portland Must”
Reviewed August 7, 2012

This is the absolute best walking tour I've ever been on by far. If you are visiting Portland you have to do this on your very first day as it's such a great introduction into the unique Portland history and personality. If you live in Portland, it's still a great tour because the guide delves into some of Portland's coolest secrets. It's family friendly, the walk is nice, and the guide makes everyone feel very comfortable as a group walking around. The guide is super funny which makes the tour a bit of a comedy show by itself worth paying for (the tour is free but tips encouraged to support this great service). A Portland must.

Visited August 2012
Thank C H
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“Delightful Experience”
Reviewed August 6, 2012 via mobile

We had a delightful time on our 2 hour walking tour with Erik. He is a well-informed guide who delivers his considerable knowledge about Portland in a fun and easy manner. I highly recommend this tour.

Thank RJH1010
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