Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)Omsi is an educational museum with five exhibit halls and eight science labs. Featuring over 200 interactive exhibits, the five-story high Omnimax Theater, and the Northwest’s largest planetarium, OMSI is an especially popular destination for school fieldtrips as well as families. Tours of the USS Blueback, a diesel-powered U.S. Naval submarine, are also available at OMSI.
Oregon ZooThe Oregon Zoo has won many national awards for its natural exhibits that feature twelve main areas of the world from the West African tropics to the Alaskan tundra. The zoo has one of the most successful Asian Elephant breeding programs in the world. The Oregon Zoo is located five minutes from downtown Portland and is accessible via MAX light rail. The months of July and August bring annual summer concerts at the zoo featuring a variety of music at the outdoor amphitheater. In December, the zoo hosts a winter wonderland of lights, including a lighted zoo train. Other events are held throughout the year.
Portland Walking ToursThe Portland Walking Tours offer guided walking tours that explore the history and unique features of Portland. Popular tours include, The Best of Portland Walk, A Walk Through Time, and the Mother of Pearl District tour, along with special tours for private and various groups. These tours are held every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. In addition, from April through December the Pearl District hosts three-hour “Epicurean Excursion” walking tours every Saturday beginning at 10:30 a.m. in Pioneer Square. Each excursion has a different food-based theme pertaining to various shops or restaurants in the neighborhood (Bridgeport Brewery, Pearl Bakery).
Shopping In the CityA dollar goes a long way with Portland’s zero percent sales tax. Favorite local shopping haunts include the Pearl District for its hip, international flavor, and Northwest 23rd Avenue between Burnside and Thurman Streets, which is often called “trendy-third” for its fashionable restaurants and boutiques. Bridgeport Center, a California-style village, is the newest upscale shopping arena in the Portland metro area and is located just off I-5 in Tualatin. The suburbs of Portland also have the usual mix of shopping malls and strip shopping centers.
Portland Arts & Music
Do Jump! Extremely Physical TheaterDo Jump! performances combine a creative mix of dance, acrobatics, and aerial work to engage and delight the audience. The company is well-known throughout the U.S. and Canada. Local performances are held at the Echo Theater in the Hawthorne District.
The Oregon Ballet TheatreUnder the direction of Christopher Stowell, the Oregon Ballet Theatre performs five programs a year at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts and includes works of George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins.
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The Portland SymphonyThe internationally-known Oregon Symphony is led by Music Director Carlos Kalmar and resident conductor Gregory Vajda. Over 120 classical as well as pops concerts are performed yearly at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in downtown Portland.
Portland OperaThe Portland Opera performances are held in Keller Auditorium from September to May.
BaseballThe Portland Beavers are Portland, Oregon’s minor league team. They are a triple-A, Pacific Coast League affiliate of the San Diego Padres. Home games are played at PGE Park.
BasketballPortland loves basketball and they love the Portland Trailblazers, even with the wave of problems that the players have experienced the past few years. With a new Head Coach, Nate McMillan, the Blazers and their fans are ready for a new, and hopefully winning, season.
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GolfThere are over 60 public and private golf courses in the Portland Metro area. Several are well-known championship courses, notably Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club and the Reserve Vineyards & Golf Club.
SoccerThe Portland Timbers Soccer team plays under the direction of head coach Bobby Howe. It is a USL first division team. Home games are played at PGE Park.
Portland Day Trips