Portland has plenty to offer for anybody traveling on a budget! There’s always something interesting going on somewhere in the city for those adventurous enough to seek it out. Here are some of our favorite go-to spots that offer a couple hours worth of entertainment, and won’t break the bank.
What to do in Portland on a Budget
Check out the Lan Su Chinese Garden
A Society Hotel favorite, the Lan Su Chinese Gardens up the street is a great place for a date, a solid Instagram photo, or a quiet moment away from the fast-paced bustle of downtown.
Make sure to stop by the tea room for a truly authentic traditional Chinese experience.
Price: $10/adult, $7/student
Open 10am – 7pm Daily
Bike the Waterfront Loop
For those without a bike of their own, Portland has bright orange Biketown stations every couple blocks in the downtown area. At $2.50 for a 30-minute ride, you can circle the entire waterfront from the Steel Bridge to the Tilikum Crossing at a leisurely pace, and even have a few minutes to stop and take photos.
Price: $2.50/30 minutes
Available all hours, all days
Find Peace at the Grotto
Although a Catholic shrine, the Grotto is open to everybody to come visit and enjoy. Take in the beauty of a “natural cathedral” built inside the cliff face, walk the botanical gardens, or find a moment of stillness high above the city in the meditation center.
Price: Free entry to The Grotto, Upper Garden Access: $7/adult
Open 9am–6:30pm Daily
Soak in the Kennedy School Soaking Pool for 2 hours
This beautiful east side destination is a great spot to cool off during the day, or warm up during the night. The ornate red tiled pool and lush foliage surrounding the area make for a truly unique Portland experience.
Open 10am-8pm Daily
(Protip: Call ahead to check availability, and bring your own towel – as none are provided for non-guests.)
A Drink/Snack on the Society Hotel Rooftop Patio
Any order at the cafe/lounge grants you access to one of the best rooftop decks in downtown Portland. All of our house cocktails, beers and food items are also under $10! Just grab your order and have the front desk let you up. Have a group? Snag a bottle of wine to share
Price: Varies depending on order
Open 7am-11pm Daily
We’ve also got blankets and lights for those who want to stay cozy when the temperatures drop at night. 🙂
Ride the Tram
Get a moving panorama of the city from high above on the Portland Aerial Tram. Great for all kinds of weather, the tram takes you from the SW Portland Waterfront to OHSU and back in the most picturesque possible way.
Price: $4.70 round trip
Weekdays: 5:30am to 9:30pm
Saturday: 9am to 5pm
Sunday: Closed (Sunday service resumes May 20, 2018)
(Bonus: Check out the 4T trail to make a day of it- Tram, Train, Trail, Trolley)