Oregon certainly is green, but that doesn’t mean money trees grow in our backyards. Fortunately, with all of the opportunities for fun that summer offers, there are plenty that don’t cost a thing. So save a buck (or twenty) and try some of these free outdoor activities in the Portland metro area.
Interactive fountains/Splash pads
Do you know what strikes instant anxiety into my boring, old heart? The suggestion that I take my three small kids to the pool. I don’t think people without small kids appreciate how much energy it takes to simply keep them ALIVE–and now I’m supposed to watch all three of them at the same time in a chaotic pool and make sure their cute little faces are above water? NOBODY HAS THAT MANY EYEBALLS. All this to say, God bless the inventor of the interactive public fountain. That person deserves a medal. Now my kids can have some water fun without mommy turning into a frazzled scary person.
Free Summer Meals
Free Concerts, Movies, and More
Bonneville Dam and Fish Hatchery
Oregon Ballet Theater
A Multitude of Gardens
Much, much more
There are so many more free things to do this summer, from Portland’s travelling climbing wall to Newberg’s Old Fashioned Festival. The Oregonian has a list of unique and free summer happenings including the Red Bull Flugtag, Estacada Timber Festival, and the PDX Adult Soap Box Derby. To find more activities near you, find your town’s (or your local parks & recreation department’s) webpage and look for the events calendar. You’ll probably find hidden gems that I didn’t include here. And if all else fails, wait for a downpour and dance in the rain.