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Your Rainy Day Guide to Portland

It’s raining, it’s pouring but you’re still interested in touring... Portland? No problem! Check our picks for the best indoor adventures in Portland.

VISIT A MUSEUM

Portland has incredible museums that are wonderful rain or shine! The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) has a fascinating planetarium, a large IMAX-style movie theater and rooms full of interactive scientific exhibits to explore. They even have a submarine you can climb into. The Portland Art Museum houses incredible pieces from masters like Diego Rivera, Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gough and the Oregon Historical Society curates exhibits both locals and visitors will enjoy. Want something really different? Visit the Freakybuttrue Peculiarium to experience strange scenes, art installations and the indescribable! It is an experience unlike anything.

GO TO THE MOVIES

There are plenty of beautiful movie theaters in Portland. Perhaps the most famous is the Hollywood Theater. First opened in 1926, this gem has been restored to its former glory thanks to the local community and now runs as a non-profit. It shows both first-run movies and classics, so there’s something for anyone. Not to mention you can get a slice of pizza while enjoying your show. Another idea is to visit a more wacky movie theater! We also recommend the Avalon Theater & Wunderland, a cinema and nickel game spot which offers discounted movies and has an arcade.

TIE ON SOME SKATES

Did you know there’s an amusement park in our city limits? Oaks Amusement Park has rides and attractions outside during the sunnier months, but one of its biggest draws is the large wooden roller skating rink. Visitors can also support our local roller derby queens, The Rose City Rollers!

VISIT A BOOKSTORE

Sure, you probably already have Powell’s City of Books on your visit list, but also consider spending time in one of the many other mom-and-pop book shops all around Portland. Here is a list of our favorite indie bookstores:

LET THE KIDS RUN AROUND WHILE YOU RELAX

If you have children in your family, you know that rain does not make kids want to relax and quietly read a book. They want to expel some energy! Let them play and climb in the 3-story indoor playground at Playdate PDX. They have a large sitting area and cafe that serves tasty food (get those tater tots!) and delicious drinks. They also offer free puppet shows on Thursdays.