Oregon Museum of Science & Industry


This excellent museum offers hands-on science exhibits for kids, along with other temporary exhibits like 'The Science Behind Pixar.' There's also a movie theater, planetarium shows and a submarine tour (all carry a separate charge). Parking costs $5.

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Nearby Portland attractions

1. Salmon Street Springs Fountain

0.57 MILES

This photo-friendly fountain, on Salmon St near the river, cycles through computer-generated patterns. On hot days kids (and adults) take turns plunging…

2. New Deal Distillery


This spirit-factory started as a small-time operation using a short copper still that remains on the premises (it's tucked away on a shelf). Now the…

3. Mill Ends Park

0.61 MILES

Having the largest park (Forest Park) within city limits perhaps isn't an oddity, but having the smallest one might be. Mill Ends Park – located on the…

4. Tom McCall Waterfront Park

0.64 MILES

This popular riverside park, which lines the west bank of the Willamette River, was finished in 1978 after four years of construction. It replaced an old…

5. Aerial Tram

0.66 MILES

Portland's aerial tram runs from the South Waterfront (where there's a streetcar stop) to Marquam Hill about every six minutes. The tram runs along a…

6. Portland Building

0.78 MILES

This controversial 15-story building (1982) was designed by Michael Graves and catapulted the postmodern architect to celebrity status. But the blocky,…

7. Pioneer Courthouse


Across 6th Ave from Pioneer Courthouse Square is the Pioneer Courthouse. Built in 1875, this was the legal center of 19th-century Portland. The courthouse…

8. Oregon Historical Society

0.92 MILES

Along the tree-shaded South Park Blocks sits the state's primary history museum, which in 2019 unveiled a permanent 7000-sq-ft interactive exhibit that…