3 Free Things to Do Outdoors in Portland

Now that the weather is warming up, it’s the perfect opportunity to make the most of the gorgeous city of Portland. When you don’t feel like spending a ton, but you still want to have some outdoor fun, check out this list of three free things you can do in Portland.
Forest Park

For all of the hikers and bikers, Forest Park is the nation’s largest urban wilderness and it’s waiting for you to explore its 5,000-acre nature wonderland. If you’re in the mood for some relaxation in a quiet woodland area, Forest Park is going to impress you.

The Grotto
This 62-acre Catholic sanctuary is worth checking out, simply because it’s one of Portland’s oldest and most iconic tourist attractions. Visitors can stroll through the woods all while experiencing an outdoor art gallery.

Hoyt Arboretum
If nature is your thing, you’ll love the more than 1,000 species of trees as well as the variety of plants from all seven continents. There are even over 12 miles of trails for your nature-loving heart to explore!

Where to Go Hiking near Your Portland Apartment




If you are active and enjoy hiking, here are some must go-to hiking hot spots.

1. Portland Highlights

Portland, Oregon, United States (0.3 miles away)

Easy: 8.7 miles, Full day

Many locals say the Portland Saturday Market is the number one attraction, but its limited hours and winter closure mean that some visitors won’t be able to go. The city has so many other unique things to do that even hitting just a few of these highlights should ensure a great trips.


2. Aspen Trailhead to Rocking Chair Dam

Portland, Oregon, United States (2.3 miles away)

If you are active and enjoy hiking, here are some must go-to hiking hot spots!

Aspen Trailhead to Rocking Chair Dam is about 12.6 miles long and located near Portland, Oregon. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes a full day.


3.  Pittock Mansion From Lower MacLeay Park

Willamette Heights, Oregon, United States (2.0 miles away)

Moderate: 3.9 miles, Half day

Follow this trail to Pittock Mansion for a panoramic view of Portland
At over 1,000 feet you will have great views of Portland and will also have a great opportunity for bird watching. Take the time to explore the grounds and make sure to read the links I’ve included with this guide for more information on the site. The building is overseen by the Bureau of Parks and Recreation and it is open for touring.