Top 10 Local Attractions
5. The Arts
Portland boasts an active arts presence in the community. Home to a full time, professional orchestra, the Oregon Symphony performs at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, part of the Portland Center for the Performing Arts. Other groups include the Portland Opera, Oregon Ballet Theater, and the Portland Center Stage.
6. Portland Trailblazers
Portland is home to the NBA team the Portland Trailblazers. The Blazers perform in the 20,000 capacity Rose Garden which is part of the Rose Quarter Convention Center.
OMSI, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, is one of the nation's top 10 science museums. A world class tourist attraction, the museum has 5 exhibit halls, 8 science labs, a big screen OMNIMAX theater, the northwest's largest planetarium, and the last fast-attack, diesel powered submarine built by the U.S. Navy.
8. Portland Art Museum
The Portland Art Museum, founded in 1892, is the oldest art museum in the Pacific Northwest and has amassed a collection of over 33,000 objects and works of art. It hosts many special exhibitions and offers guided tours for children of all ages.
9. Oregon Zoo
The Oregon Zoo is located 5 minutes from downtown Portland on 64 acres. The zoo has about 1029 different animals representing 200 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. The Washington Park and Zoo Railroad offers a 4 mile ride on antique trains connecting the two.
Portland, sometimes known as "Munich on the Willamette", is home to 28 microbreweries. Oregon produces 17% of the nation's hops and Portland hosts one of the nation's largest beer festival, the Oregon Brewer's Festival.