See Portland’s best attractions on a budget
It can be expensive to see a city’s best sites. That is not the case for Portland’s best attractions. Many of the top attractions offer free and reduced price days every month. If you have friends coming to town or you are vacationing in the city, enjoy some of the best free and cheap attractions in Portland.
The list below is organized into free and cheap days to visit Portland’s best attractions. These attractions are open on various days and times. Check the website before visiting.
- Free to Multnomah County residents & kids 5 and under
- The first Thursday of every month from 5 to 8 p.m., FREE.
- Bank of America and Merrill Lynch credit and debit card holders receive FREE admission the first full weekend of every month.
- The first Friday of every month from 4 to 8 p.m., FREE.
- The lower level of the Grotto is always FREE. The elevator to the upper level gardens is $6.
See the ins and outs of Portland’s best breweries with FREE tours:
- HUB: Saturdays at 3 p.m. Includes two free tastings.
- Ground Breaker: Free tours daily before 5 p.m. Ask your server.
- Ecliptic Brewing: Tours on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 12 and 2 p.m.
- Portland Brewing Company: Saturdays from 12 to 3 p.m. Includes three tastings.
Cheap Days to Visit
- The first Sunday of every month, $2.
- The second Tuesday of every month, $4.
- Ride the bus or light rail to the zoo and receive $1.50 off price of admission when you show your transit ticket or TriMet pass.
- Free arcade play starting at 5 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month. $5 entrance fee. Must be 21+. Entrance is free before 4:30 p.m.
- Join the WCLC library and get access to the library’s Cultural Pass for free admission to popular attractions such as the Pittock Mansion, Lan Su Chinese Garden, The Oregon Garden, Wings & Waves Waterpark, Portland Japanese Garden and more.
- As a Multnomah County resident, you can receive a free library card in Washington County. Here are a list of other counties that are eligible for a free library card.