I literally cannot believe it is already summer again. I swear it’s only been a few months since the last time I wrote a summer activity in Portland post. This year’s list of summer activities in Portland is bigger and better. Hopefully this list will help you have fun all summer long.
46 Summer Activities in Portland, Oregon
Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden is a $4 fee between 10:00am-6:00pm, Wednesday through Sunday, March through Labor Day. Admission is free for children under 12
Historic Belmont Firehouse offers free tours every Wednesday from 9-3, and the second Saturday of every month for “Safety Saturday” from 9-3
Leah Botanical Garden the Gardener/Curator give a free tour on the 1st Saturday of each month (March through December) for her seasonal exploration of the garden.
Portland International Test Rose Garden always free and blooming throughout the summer.
Museum of Contemporary Craft is free every 1st Thursday of each month.
Oaks Park offers reduced admission on selected days as well as buy 1 get 1 admission days see their website for a list of discounted days.
OMSI – a massive science museum is only $2 per person on the first Sunday of the month.
Oregon Zoo is only $4 on the second Tuesday of each month.
Oregon Historical Society Museum is free for Multnomah County residents.
Pioneer Square offers free live music at their Noon Tunes Summer Concert Series on Tuesdays and Thursdays in July and August. From Noon-1:00pm.
Portland Children’s Museum is free each first Friday of the month after 4 PM
Portland Art Museum is free each 4th Friday of the month from 5-8 PM.
Tryon Creek Nature Center’s FREE Story and Stroll program integrates nature exploration, art, literature, movement, and outdoor play. It is geared toward families with young children (preferably ages 2-6) but all are welcome.
World Forestry Center offers $3 admission on the 1st Wednesday of each month.
Special Portland Summer Activities
Alpenrose Dairyville – Dairyville is free to the public and open every Sunday afternoon beginning June 2nd through August 25th from 1:00 – 4:00 PM.
Attend a concert – for free in the evening. There are free outdoor concerts throughout Portland everyday of the week all summer long from July 6th – August 24th. To see a complete list ,check out their website.
Free Bowling for kids – sign your kids up for 2 free games of bowling every day this summer, you only have to pay for shoes
- Grand Central Bowling – This is a really nice place to go bowling and play arcade games. It’s a little spendy, so check for coupons or for a Groupon. Thursdays are a little cheaper too.
G6 Trampoline Park – There are several G6 locations around town and they are all great and a little different from each other. For about $12 your kid can jump on their trampolines for 2 hours. Trampoline Passes 54% Off
JJ Jump – JJ Jump is a bounce house place. They have a room for toddlers, one for kids, and one for older kids. Cost is $8 a kid.
Lumberyard Indoor Bike Park – there are a lot of outdoor skate and bike parks around the area, but this one is indoors and they offer lessons.
Monkey King an indoor play park with slides and more. $8 weekdays and $10 on the weekends
Movies in the Park – Starting June 28th – September 13 on movies are shown at various parks throughout the city on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays for free.
Playdate PDX offers free admission every last Wednesday of the month to anyone who brings two cans of food for the Oregon Food Bank.
Play ping-pong at Pips and Bounce – Only in Portland can you take your children to a hip place to play ping-pong and enjoy beer and food. Prices start out at $8 a table.
Safari Sam’s – Black light 18 hole mini golf, an arcade, a bounce room and a large play structure. Their prices are all over the place, so chances are, you can work with your budget to do some of it or all of it. Safari Mini Golf coupon.
Top Down: Rooftop Cinema plays great old movies, has live music, sells snacks and beer. Plus there are outstanding views of the city. Doors open at 7 p.m., live music begins at 8 p.m. and the film begins a little after dusk each Thursday during late July and August. It’s held atop a five-story parking garage at the Hotel deLuxe.
$1 Movies at Regal theaters on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 AM
Wunderland Cinema & Nickel Games – All locations include a nickel arcade. Some locations include a movie theater and laser tag. Most games are a nickel and laser tag is $4. Sign up for their email list to have them email you deals.
Physical Activities in Portland
Run a 5K – This summer, through the Portland Parks and Rec Program there will be a series of $5 5k runs that are family friendly. All participants are winners and are eligible for the after-event raffle. 5k races begin at 9:00 AM with the kids fun run beginning at 8:45 AM. On site will be a 1K for kids 8 and under, 40 ft rock wall, music, kid’s activities, and vendors.
Forest park encompasses more than 5000 acres full of dense trees, rivers, waterfalls, and bridges. It has more than 40 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails for free.
FREE soccer camp for kids put on by the Ascension Lutheran Church June 22 through 26th
3-5 years old 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Kindergarten-2nd Grade 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Grade 3-8 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Registration at Ascension Lutheran Church 1440 SE 182nd Ave. on Sat. June 6, 13, and 20from 11am until 2pm Wed., June 17 from 6pm until 8pm.
- They give each kid a free bible, soccer ball, t-shirt, water bottle & last day is a free bbq.
- Bridal Veil Falls only 30 minutes from Portland
- Latourell Falls only 35 minutes from Portland.
- Ponytail Falls only 45 minutes from downtown Portland.
- Punchbowl Falls and go cliff jumping only an hour from downtown Portland
- Oneonta Gorge
- 11 Best Hikes in the Columbia Gorge
Pedalpalooza family events – 3 weeks of bike fun. With 291 different events, most organized by individuals, bikers of all persuasions are likely to find many events of interest. Nearly all events are free.
The Springwater Corridor is a free multiuse trail that runs from SE Ivan St. in Portland all the way to Boring, OR. The trail is currently 14.2 miles one way. This is a great place to go biking, walking, or roller blading.
Go swimming – There are 8 community pools in Portland offering free swimming this summer. To see if there is one near you and for times check out their website. Unfortunately, the East Portland Community Center is not offering free swimming, but you can still swim there for cheap.
Jamison Square – another free play fountain.
McCoy park has splash pad and playground for free.
Mt. Hood Aquatic Center and Rock Climbing – out in Gresham is a fun place to swim and rock climb for cheap.
North Clackamas Aquatic Center
Do you know of other summer activities in Portland, Oregon that should be included in this list? Please leave a comment and I will be sure to add them.