The Top 10 Things to Do In Portland This February
From scenic parks to local microbreweries, Portland, Oregon offers no shortage of things to do and places to see that will ignite your creativity and excite the senses. Especially in February, Portland has an array of must-see sites and attractions that will appeal to the whole family, or couples looking for a special getaway for this upcoming Valentine’s Day.
The following is a list of the top 10 things to do in Portland this February, plus local scenes you won’t want to miss:
6 Family-Friendly Things to Do in Portland
Electric Castle’s Wunderland combines a cinema with nickel games that offer fun for all ages. The cinema usually has a small, but exciting collection of recent and popular movie releases that the whole family can enjoy; or, for some family-friendly competition you can check out the nickel games in the game room. At Avalon Theatre and Wunderland, you’ll have countless hours of fun and entertainment for you and any young ones.
Roller skating truly transcends time, and “The Oaks” boasts one of the best skating experiences you can find. This indoor roller skating rink is one of the largest in America, and is perfect for all ages and skaters. “The Oaks” offers sessions, classes and programs for everyone, from the beginner just starting out to the seasoned skater. Roller Skating at Oaks Park is a definite must-try for any Portland native or visitor looking to escape the chilly Portland air.
For families with children between the ages of three and 11, The Merry Kitchen offers baking classes to teach how to make some delicious, age-friendly, Valentine’s Day teats. From chocolate covered cherries to heart-shaped pizzas, you and your little ones will enjoy learning from some of Portland’s best bakers, and taste-testing the results!
Urban Adventure Quest is a new way to explore and see some of the most exciting things Portland has to offer. This Portland-wide scavenger hunt will take you from the Pioneer Courthouse to the Arts District and some of the city’s famous landmarks. It’s also a great way to find some of those hidden gems only established locals seem to know about.
In downtown Portland’s Pearl District you’ll find the largest independent bookstore in the world. Powell’s City of Books occupies an entire city block and regularly shelves about one million books. Whether you’re looking for your next epic or simply want to browse through the store’s 9 color-coded rooms and Rare Book Room, you’ll easily find hours of entertainment here.
The Winterhawks lay claim to Mark Messier and Cam Neeley, among more than 100 other professional NHL players. Their season runs from September to March, so you can catch a home game or two this February to get a first look at some soon-to-be big names in the NHL.
4 Valentine’s Date Ideas in Portland
Portland’s ValenTango will take place from February 7th to 12th this year. As the largest and longest running tango festival in North America, it certainly has a lot to boast about. With 12 different instructurs to teach five different levels of tango classes, mixers and more, there is plenty to do and see at ValenTango before you dance the night away.
River views of Portland’s skyline, live music in the background and a four course meal with the special someone… what else could you ask for on Valentine’s Day? This year, The Portland Spirit, a cruise vessel on the Willamette River, is offering a special Valentine’s Day dinner cruise that you and your sweetheart won’t soon forget.
Are you looking for an excuse to be a little outrageous on Valentine’s Day? The Portland Mardi Gras Ball will be held on February 10 and is one of the most authentic Mardi Gras experiences you can find. Join in on the fun for a night filled with dancing in flashy costumes to catchy music that will help you unwind and just enjoy the moment.
For fitness enthusiasts, or anyone that enjoys lending their support to a cause, there will be a virtual race from February 14th to 28th for Heart to Heart International. You and your special someone can choose when and where you run together, offering a modern twist on the event that offers a bit more of a romantic edge.
Restaurants, Bars and Breweries in Portland
For something a little more low-key, be sure to check out one of Portland’s best spots for food, beer, wine, or all three!
- Le Pigeon is a restaurant and bar on E. Burnside St. that’s open for dinner daily. This year they’ll also be hosting a special Valentine’s Day dinner if you buy tickets in advance.
- Coquine is established on the edge of Mount Tabor on S.E. Belmont St. and was voted 2016 Restaurant of the Year. The restaurant offers breakfast and lunch daily, and has a counter service coffee and espresso bar.
- Occidental Brewing Company has some of the best German-style ales and lagers in Portland (the beer capital of the world), and has an outdoor patio where you can enjoy a mug or two while you socialize.
- Villa Catalana Cellars is more than just a winery situated on a beautiful property; this winery has some of the best wine around for you to taste on a tour while you admire the tropical plant conservatory.
Explore Everything Portland Has to Offer
Whether you are an outdoors enthusiast, a wine connoisseur or simply an adventurer looking for something new to try, this beautiful city is there for you. If you are visiting, enjoy as much as you can with the time you have (or save something for later if you want an excuse to come back). If you’re looking for a new place to call home, test out the area to find your new favorite spot. If you’re already a member of the wonderful Portland community, get out there and try something you never considered before; it may just become your new favorite thing in the City of Roses.