International Student Life: Things to do off Campus
The International Rose Test Garden/ The Japanese Garden
Experience one of the reasons why Portland is known as the Rose City. Located in NW Portland’s Washington Park, the Rose Garden features an extensive array of roses and one of the best views of the city and Mt. Hood. The 5.5 acre Japanese Garden is also on site.
The Classical Chinese Garden
The Garden of Awakening Orchid features a bridged lake surrounded by pavilions, courtyards, and walkways as well as a Tao Tea House.
The Oregon Zoo
The Oregon Zoo at Washington Park delights visitors with award-winning exhibits, concerts, and special seasonal events, in addition to a wide-variety of animals. Check the Willamette Week or the Oregonian for schedules.
The Oregon History Center
This Portland landmark offers exhibits that bring Oregon’s rich and colorful history to life. The Oregon History Center features pioneer artifacts, Native American art, and maps and manuscripts from Oregon’s past.
The Portland Art Museum
As the Northwest’s oldest museum, the Portland Art Museum represents 35 centuries of traditional and contemporary art from around the world.
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)
Tour a real submarine, touch a tornado, and experience the power of an earthquake at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. The Murdock Planetarium and the OMNIMAX theater are located on-site in addition to over 200 hands-on exhibits.
Overlooking the city and surrounding mountains, the historic Pittock Mansion offers a wonderful view of the city and a glimpse into Portland’s history. You may tour the home for a small entrance fee, or enjoy the grounds and the view for free.
Portland Saturday Market
Enjoy the largest continuous open-air market in the nation featuring live music, prepared foods, clothing, jewelry, and locally produced arts and crafts at the Portland Saturday Market. You will find authentic Oregon products that make great gifts for friends and family.
Powell’s City of Books
One of the most famous bookstores in the nation, Powell’s City of Books offers an entire city block of new and used books of all kinds. If you love books, you won’t want to miss Powell’s.
Portland Chamber of Commerce
The Portland Chamber of Commerce offers a wonderful web site with information about living, working and playing in Portland.
Portland Trail Blazers
Portland is home to the Trail Blazers, an NBA basketball team whose home games can be seen at the MODA Center.
Portland is also home to the Portland Timbers soccer team whose home games are held at Providence Park near Goose Hollow in SW Portland.
City Search is a website featuring a wealth of information on things to do in Portland.