Let’s face it, everyone knows that Portland is a rainy city but that doesn’t mean that you have to let the rain dampen your day. Fortunately, Portlanders are prepared for the gloomy weather as there are tons of rainy day activities to keep you busy and having fun. From historic landmarks to popular new attractions, there is something to do for everyone. In Portland, you have to make the most of the weather. Here are the 7 best activities for those days where the rain just won’t let up.
1. Go Watch a Movie at One of Portland’s Many Unique Theaters
While going to the movies to avoid the rain is a common practice, Portland is home to some of the most unique theaters in the country. Many historic theatres have been restored while others have been built and established in repurposed spaces. There are a number of different locations that offer something for everyone from the newest blockbusters to indie and foreign films. Some popular options include:
- The Living Room Theater if you are looking to catch a foreign or indie film and drink some beer in a small, local theater.
- The Hollywood Theater if you are a fan of Kung Fu movies.
- The Cinemagic Theater for a single-screen movie theater with a bar and a more mature nighttime atmosphere.
- The Laurel Hurst Theater if you want a slice of pizza and some beer to go along with your movie.
2. Spend the Day at One of Portland’s Wide Variety of Museums
If you have some time to spend in Portland, it is never a bad idea to stop by one of the many museums in the city. The Portland Art Museum is the oldest museum in the northwest, so you are sure to get an unforgettable experience with all of the historic and contemporary art on display. This museum also frequently exhibits European, Native American and Asian art pieces. Visitors will even get free admission if they come by on the first Thursday in each month.
Another popular destination for museumgoers in Portland is the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). The OMSI is one of the leading science centers in the country. Their facility includes a large-screen theater, exhibitions about a variety of scientific fields and a planetarium where they host a laser light shows on the weekends. The laser shows feature music by popular artists like the Rolling Stones or Bob Marley, and it is a psychedelic way to escape those rainy weekend nights in Portland.
3. Get Some Gaming Done at a Local Arcade
Nowadays, a lot of retro technology is making a comeback, from record players and vinyl to the resurgence of local arcades. Visiting a local arcade is not just for kids anymore now that patrons can enjoy some drinks while they get their game on.
Ground Kontrol is a popular arcade with hundreds of classic games that were popular from between the 1970s to the 2000s. This arcade also has the largest public pinball room in the entire Pacific Northwest! Minors are welcome between the hours of 12-5pm, but the venue is meant to mainly serve adults.
QuarterWorld is another exciting arcade in the Portland area. They offer a retro arcade museum, a pinball arcade, and they serve pizza and delicious treats inspired by carnival food. This arcade is also home to Tessi, the musical Tesla Coil that was created specifically for QuarterWorld. Stop by on a rainy day to see what all the buzz is about!
4. Visit the Pearl District for a Beer Tasting Tour
It’s no secret that Oregonians love their beer. In fact, for every 100,000 residents in Oregon there are about 8.5 breweries. Needless to say, there is plenty of beer to go around for visitors and residents alike. If you are interested in visiting a few local breweries in a row, you should visit the Pearl District. There you will find Bridgeport Brewing, Rouge Ales Brewery, Deschutes Brewery and 10 Barrel Brewing among others.
However, breweries can be found all around Portland, so take your pick and head out for a good time. If the rain is too heavy, you can use a ride-sharing app to get from one location to the next or you can pick one brewery and stick around for a while. If you are a fan of craft beers, you really cannot miss out on one of Portland’s great breweries.
5. Spend Some Time at an Iconic Portland Bookstore
If it was up to us, we would recommend you visit Powell’s City of Books, a dream destination for bibliophiles. This giant bookstore is located in Portland’s Pearl District and has over 1.5 million books for sale. Visitors can get lost in the maze of bookshelves for hours on rainy Portland days. Powell’s has a coffee shop in the store where you can enjoy a hot brew and enjoy a good book.
6. Go Roller Skating at the Oaks Amusement Park
The Oaks Amusement Park is located just a few minutes away from downtown Portland and it is home to one of the best skating rinks in the area. Beginners can take advantage of the Learn-to-Skate class if they need to tighten up their skills on roller skates. Visitors at the skating rink can pay for rental skates ranging from toddler to adult sizes. The Oaks Amusement Park skating rink is open year-round and is the perfect activity for everyone from couples to large families.
7. Go Thrifting for Treasure in Portland
Portland is a cool city and there are tons of thrift stores in the area where you can sift through secondhand items until you find treasure. Avoid the rain and hop into a thrift store for a cheap way to update your wardrobe with some vintage items. If you have a record player, be sure to check to see if thrift stores have any used records for sale. You may come across some gems for just a few dollars during your search.