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10 (more) things to do in Portland

If you are visiting Portland for the Delight Conference, we hope you’ll spend some time exploring our fair city. To help, we’ve put together a few suggestions. If you’ve been to Portland before, or are looking for ways to get off the beaten path, our list below has you covered. For the classic Portland visit, see another 10 suggestions.

1. Golf and glow

Glowing Greens miniature golf

Photo: Amber Young

Sure, you’ve played some mini golf in your life. But have you played in a glow-in-the dark pirate’s lair with only a black light to guide you? Get your glow on at Portland’s Glowing Greens, located near Pioneer Square at 509 SW Taylor Street.

2. Borrow a bike

Biketown bikes for rent

Photo: JKehoe_Photos, Creative Commons

You don’t have to go far in Portland to notice rows of bright orange bikes, available to the public and strategically placed in all of the city’s best locations. BIKETOWN, a connected bike share system, has furthered our reputation as one of the most bike friendly cities in the US. It also makes biking the best and simplest way to tour the town. This year, Delight attendees can get a special BIKETOWN pass, providing four days of biking for the price of one— only $12. Simply download the Delight 2016 app from the iTunes or Google Play stores to get info on how to claim this amazing deal.

3. Choose your own museum

The Peculiariam

Portland is home to a number of quirky and interesting museums that would be hard to find anywhere else.

  • Have you ever been curious about the progression of the vacuum cleaner throughout history? Satisfy that curiosity at Stark’s Vacuum Museum where there are more than 300 machines on display.
  • Do you have a taste for the freaky but true? Head to the Peculiarium to see oddities and ephemera on display.
  • What about movie props and costumes? Portland’s own Movie Madness (http://moviemadnessvideo.com/museum/), an independent video and DVD store has gone above and beyond to prove their passion for all things cinematic by housing a museum filled with Hollywood memorabilia.
  • Portland boasts its very own Hat Museum, including more than 1,000 hats of all types.
  • And, while it is not technically designated as a museum, the Sunlan Lighting Store is a Portland icon, filled with every kind of lightbulb imaginable.

4. Consider history

Oregon Historical Society

The Oregon Historical Society Museum has an amazing and interactive collection that illustrates the forces that shaped the history of Oregon and our nation. Visit the Democracy’s Blueprints exhibit to learn about how our country was formed and how it has changed, from the Magna Carta to the Declaration of Independence, to democracy today.

5. Sample the spirits

New Deal Distillery

Photo: Diane Yee, Creative Commons

You may know Portland as Beervana, but we also have a thriving distillery scene, creating innovative, handcrafted and local spirits. Tour Distillery Row to go behind the scenes and maybe even do a little bit of tasting.

6. Catch ’em all

Pikachu on SW Broadway in Portland

Photo: Davis Hill

No need to put your Pokemon Go addition on pause while visiting Portland! Travel Portland has kindly put together a helpful list of highlights, including Pokestops, Gyms and more that will help you tour the city while upping your game.

 

7. Not your average food court

Pine Street Market panoramic

Photo: drburtoni, Creative Commons

Visit Pine Street Market and sample gourmet food, beverages and treats from some of the city’s finest establishments. It’s like a one-stop shop for all things delicious. Highlights include Pollo Bravo, inspired by chicken dishes served in Barcelona and Madrid, Shalom Y’all, serving up inventive Israeli street food, and the WizBang Bar, a soft-serve desert bar from the team who created Portland’s famous Salt & Straw Ice Cream.

8. Hit the 4T trail

Portland Aerial Tram

Photo: Jeff Gunn, Creative Commons

What are the 4T’s? Trail, tram, trolley and train, of course! Portland is known as a very walkable city and also as place with a great variety of public transportation options. Sample it all in this famous loop trail. It all starts with a beautiful hike through Washington Park, from the Oregon Zoo to Council Crest Park, the highest point in the city. Then you head downhill to OHSU to board Portland’s aerial tram for amazing city views from the sky. The Portland Streetcar makes up the trolley portion of your adventure, taking you downtown to enjoy Portland’s shopping and restaurants. From there, you take the MAX train back to the start to complete your circuit. Visit the 4T site for all of the details.

9. Go underground

Stairway to the Shanghai Tunnels

Photo: Bex Walton, Creative Commons

Take a Shanghai Tunnels and Portland Underground Tour to learn about the darker side of Portland’s past. You’ll enter the tunnels to see what remains of the hidden world of the shanghai trade, including underground holding cells, trapdoors, artifacts and more.

10. Glide through the city streets

Segway tour on Portland Waterfront Park

Photo: Linny Heng, Creative Commons

If you are looking beyond bike, tram, trail, trolley and train for an out of the ordinary transportation experience, consider a Segway Tour. Portland Segway Tours head out daily, five times per day, seven days a week, and offer routes for downtown sightseeing as well as a historic tour.