Free and Cheap Portland Museums, Zoos and Attractions

Make your trip to Portland even cheaper! Portland’s a good deal already, with all those kid-friendly, affordable restaurants. But the Rose City knows that traveling and local families can’t always spend $50 bucks on admission — even if it is a really cool museum. Here’s a whole month full of discounts, so you can visit Portland attractions for free, cheap and a little less.

Free museums and cheap museums in Portland, Oregon:

OMSI: Admission is $2 on the first Sunday of the month; kids 2 and under are always free.

World Forestry Center: Admission is $2 on the first Wednesday of the month; children 2 and under are always free.

3D Center of Art and Photography: Admission is free on the first Thursday of the month; kids age 14 and under are always free.

Portland Children’s Museum: Free admission on the first Friday of  the month from 6-8 p.m.; children under age 1 free daily.

Oregon Zoo: $2 admission on the second Tuesday of the month; 2 and under free daily. Save $1.50 off the price of admission by presenting your MAX ticket.

Washington County Museum: Free admission every Monday. Kids 5 and under always free.

Oregon History Society and Museum: Up to two kids (under age 18) enter free with each paid adult admission on the third Saturday of the month. Kids 5 and under are always free. Annual free day: April 17, 2010.

Portland Art Museum: Free admission on the fourth Friday of every month. Free general admission quarterly in conjunction with Museum Family Day. Kids 17 and younger are always free with paying adults.

Portland Japanese Garden: Free admission on November 11, 2010. Kids 5 and under are always free.

Lan Su Chinese Garden: Kids 5 and under enter free, daily.

Photo on right: World Forestry Center.

About Lora

Lora Shinn writes about travel for regional and local publications, including AAA Journey, National Geographic Traveler, Bankrate.com, Natural Health and Whole Living.

Comments

  1. Lora,

    Thanks for the list. Been thinking about spending the summer in Portland. Any tips for someone who doesn’t know the area? It seems like a great area for families. We’ve only been there once, but immediately though of it as a place we may really enjoy…..perhaps even to live.
    .-= Kickass Adventuring with Kids´s last blog ..Photo Friday =-.

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