Do you want to save money while enjoying everything Portland has to offer? Our brokers have a suggestion or two that may be just what you're looking for. Portland's vibrant community has plenty to offer, and you can fill a weekend near Portland homes for sale without spending a single cent.
Let's take a closer look at some of the many fun and budget-friendly places you can enjoy around Portland:
- Forest Park – See Website for Location Details and Access Points
At more than 5,000 acres, Forest Park is a unique natural oasis in the midst of Portland. Six times bigger than New York City's famous Central Park, it operates as a refugee for hundreds of local wildlife species. There are more than 40 access points to choose from, and visitors will find more than 80 marked trails. Every trail is open to visitors on foot and dogs on a leash. Some areas accommodate bicycles and horses.
- Washington Park – 4033 Southwest Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221
Thought of as the signature park of greater Portland, Washington Park is filled with some unexpected perks and amenities. It is the site of the Hoyt Arboretum, the International Rose Test Garden (typically blooming between May and October), and the Oregon Zoo. The Oregon Zoo alone is home to 2,000 animals from more than 200 global species, including lions, tigers, and lots more.
- Oregon Rail Heritage Center – 2250 Southeast Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214
Oregon Rail Heritage Center is a 100% free attraction managed by the nonprofit Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation and its volunteers. The centerpiece of the permanent exhibits is the set of three historic locomotives, which have been carefully preserved. All three of these vintage steam engines were originally owned by the City of Portland, and the oldest one dates back to 1905.
- Oregon Historical Society – 1200 Southwest Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
Safeguarding Oregon's rich and varied history for generations to come is the mission here at the Oregon Historical Society. Itself a historic institution established back in 1898, and it is only steps from the current location of the Portland Art Museum. It is constantly offering an array of permanent and temporary exhibits.
- Portland International Rose Test Garden – 400 Southwest Kingston Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
There are more varieties of roses than virtually any other kind of flower grown in the United States, and the reason is the many horticulturists who are tirelessly working to develop new breeds. The results are here to shine at the Portland International Rose Test Garden, where visitors can see (and smell) more than 10,000 bushes. The collection represents about 650 distinct rose varieties, and it peaks in June.
- Pioneer Courthouse Square – 701 Southwest 6th Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
The hub of public life in Portland, Pioneer Courthouse Square is known and beloved as "Portland's living room." It is totally free to visit, and there's always something going on, so you will want to check out the website to review the latest event calendar. Concerts such as the PDX Live Series, known as "Signature Events," are held on a regular basis. Variety shows, operas, DJs, and more can be found every week.
- Tom McCall Waterfront Park – 98 Southwest Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97204
Tom McCall Waterfront Park is where to discover the seasonal Portland Saturday Market, which runs from March through December every year. Now in its 49th year, it's a favorite among local vendors and attracts about 150 every week. You'll marvel at the rich assortment of arts and crafts, produce, pantry staples, and gifts, with a selection that's uniquely Portland. Live music takes place almost every day.
- Powell's City of Books – 1005 West Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97209
A Portland classic that carries on the tradition of the local bookshop, Powell's City of Books is a place where you can still spot unexpected finds and rare first editions even big e-retailers can't match. The world's largest independent bookstore, Powell's is an experience: it spans an entire city block and has about one million volumes under one roof.
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