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Free in Portland

Free in Portland
Free in Portland

© Alan Vernon

Before the current economic recession took its toll on Oregon's employment rates, thus discouraging out-of-staters from relocating, Portland held the odd distinction among U.S. cities of attracting the highest rate of individuals moving to a new city without employment. Enticed by the green hills, the West Coast living, and the city's unique vibe, they also--no doubt--found that there is a ton of free stuff to do while job hunting! In the city center Forest Park offers miles of hiking trails, the mass transit is free within the downtown areas, and the bike and pedestrian friendly nature makes it easy and cheap to navigate the museums, libraries, and art galleries- many of which host frequent events with no door charge. With a little know-how, it is easy to spend a day or a week in the city seeing the sights and experiencing all Portland has to without spending a dime.

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Hoyt Arboretum
  • Hoyt Arboretum
  • Portland has been described as having the most ideal climate for an arboretum west of the Mississippi. Just two miles west of downtown Portland, Hoyt Arboretum is 187 acres of garden oasis in an urban setting with more than 1000 species of native Oregon flora.
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International Rose Test Garden
Ira Keller Fountain Park
  • Ira Keller Fountain Park
  • The Ira Keller Fountain Park is the ideal blend of work and play, offering a place for a family picnic during lunch hour or a short breather from a hectic work day.
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Jamison Square
  • Jamison Square
  • Even on the off chance that it isn't raining in Portland, water still splashes from all directions in Jamison Square. Located in the posh Pearl District, this popular town square is built around a fountain with water cascading from stone fixtures into various pools.
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Kidd Toy Museum
  • Kidd Toy Museum
  • Through the winding rows of aging toys in the Kidd Toy Museum, childhood memories beckon your youthful self to come out and play. Frank Kidd's collection is housed on glass shelves that tease patrons with the thought of handling the archived relics.
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Klager Lilac Gardens
  • Klager Lilac Gardens
  • Like purple? How about lavender, pink or white? Lilacs blooming in all of these colors, and more, highlight the annual Lilac Days festival in Woodland, Washington. Lilac Days, borne from Hulda Klager's love and work with lilacs, take place mid-April through Mother's Day each year.
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Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
  • Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
  • Located in Portland's Old Town neighborhood, the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center is a Japanese American museum that preserves and shares the history and culture of the Japanese American community.
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Pioneer Courthouse Square
  • Pioneer Courthouse Square
  • Portland's foremost outdoor venue, Pioneer Courthouse Square, is fondly referred to as Portland's "living room"and plays host to more than 300 events annually. Situated in the heart of downtown Portland close to popular shopping and hotels, it's one of the city's main attractions.
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Portland Police Museum
  • Portland Police Museum
  • For the past 150 years, a select few of Portland's bravest have taken on the perilous life of a police officer, swearing to serve and protect by any means the city and citizens within it.
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The Grotto
  • The Grotto
  • Founded by Fr. Ambrose Mayer, OSM, in 1924, "The National Sanctuary of our Sorrowful Mother" or "The Grotto," as it is commonly referred to by locals, is one of the most beautiful Marian sanctuaries in the world.
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Tillamook Cheese Factory
  • Tillamook Cheese Factory
  • Whether you use its butter for baking, its cheddar in a grilled cheese, or enjoy a bowl of its yogurt or ice cream, Tillamook dairy products are a staple in homes across the country; however, this...
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