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Top Ten Portland Attractions

The Best Things to See and Do in Portland

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Portland Saturday Market
Every weekend (Saturday and Sunday) from March though Christmas Eve, you can shop for beautiful crafts, from pottery and mosaics to jewelry and toys, made by local artisans. Plus there’s live music, an international food court, and craft-making for kids.

Under the west side of the Burnside Bridge
Saturdays 10am – 5pm, Sundays 11am – 4:30pm
Free
(503)222-6072

International Rose Test Garden
Stop and smell the blooms on over 8,000 rose bushes at this gorgeous garden. This is the oldest official, continuously operated, public rose test garden in the United States. Roses are sent to the garden from around the world to be tested in our climate. Come on a clear day to experience glorious views of downtown Portland and Mount Hood.

400 SW Kingston Ave (inside Washington Park)
Open daily from 7:30am - 9:00pm
Free
(503)823-3636

Oregon Zoo
Come see creatures from around the world, and take advantage of the zoo's nationally recognized educational programs. Explore 64 acres of wildlife, from penguins to primates, and be sure not to miss Packy, the zoo’s star Asian elephant. The Oregon zoo is recognized internationally for having the most successful breeding herd of Asian elephants of any zoo.

4001 SW Canyon Rd., Portland
Open every day of the year except Christmas.
Daily, 9am – 6pm (They close at 4pm from mid-September to mid-April)
Adults, $9.50
Seniors, $8
Kids 3–11, $6.50
Kids under 3, FREE
On the second Tuesday of every month, admission is only $2 per person.

Portland Classical Chinese Gardens
Garden of Awakening Orchids
This Suzhou-style garden was built to honor the sisterhood between the city of Portland and the city of Suzhou, China. The majority of the plants in the garden are indigenous to China, but they were grown in the United States. The garden is designed to awaken all the senses, yet it’s one of the most peaceful places in the city. Guided public tours are daily at noon and 1 p.m.

NW 3rd/Everett, Portland
November – March, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
April – October, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Adults, $7
seniors, $6
students, $5.50
Children under 5, FREE
(502)228-8131

Japanese Garden
Widely known as one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan, this meticulously cared for sanctuary is amazing to visit any time of the year. Take your time walking the various pathways and notice the fine details of the Strolling Pond Garden, the Tea Garden, and the Sand and Stone Garden. Stop to take in the beauty of the koi pond and Heavenly Falls. Daily guided tours are offered April through October at 10:45am, 1:00pm and 2:30pm.

West side of Washington Park, above the International Rose Test Gardens
Check website for hours.
Adults, $8.00

Seniors and college students, $6.25

Students (6-17), $5.25

Children five and under: FREE
(503)223-1321

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