: Birdie Time Pub by Amy Garay

Rainy Day Activities in Portland

Pack away your umbrellas and enjoy the comforts of indoor fun.
February 21, 2024

Spring is just around the corner and with it the rain showers that help Oregon’s flowers and grassy hills bloom. While Oregonians are no strangers to the patter of raindrops, sometimes a day spent indoors — dry, warm and with a drink in hand — is the perfect way to spend a rainy day. You’ll find no shortage of activities to do in Portland, from immersive art galleries to singing along with artists in music venues. Here are some top ideas for having fun inside.

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A person taking a photo in a room full of dangling multi-colored lights.
Hopscotch

Art, Lights, and Science

Opened in 2023 to much buzz and excitement in Southeast Portland, Hopscotch is an immersive art experience, filled with 14 unique curated art displays and light installations, each encouraging visitors to engage with the artwork. “Diodic Daydream”, a room featuring an adult-size ball pit is a favorite to relive childhood nostalgia, while “Quantum Trampoline” is a bounce-activated light show. Or chill out in a quieter room, where you can spill your secrets and listen to others in the “Secret Garden.” Be sure to grab drinks and snacks (think waffles, popcorn, ice cream) from the lounge. 

OMSI is well-known to be a great spot to entertain the kids on a rainy weekend and sneak in some fun learning too. The science museum, also located in Southeast, is great for all ages with a planetarium inviting visitors to view stars and light shows, a giant-screen IMAX theater with the latest movies and a real submarine to explore and tour. The OMSI After Dark series lets those 21 years and older have reign of the museum for specially themed events filled with demos, performances and craft brews.

 

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A concert indoors.
Crystal Ballroom

Catch Movies and Concerts

If you’re a cinephile, you’ll love watching films at Portland’s theaters. Find classic and contemporary film showings at the iconic Hollywood Theatre in Northeast Portland, or head to the Portland Art Museum’s CUT for special screenings from local filmmakers. On the east side, get tickets at Laurelhurst Theater, which turned 100 years old in 2023, to fill up on popcorn and enjoy a show. Fifty Licks ice cream is right across the street for an after-show treat. 

Looking for a luxurious movie-going experience? Downtown’s Living Room Theaters has a menu far beyond popcorn and soda. Order house-made pizzas, hamburgers and cocktails to bring into the auditorium. In Southeast, Studio One Theaters offer a full restaurant menu brought to your cozy couch seats in one of their seven themed theater rooms.

Portland’s music scene can’t be missed. Catch big names at Moda Center, and more intimate shows at smaller venues across town, like the historic Crystal Ballroom or North Portland’s Wonder Ballroom and Mississippi Studios.

A blacklight mini golf course
Glowing Greens PDX

Mini Golf, Ping Pong and more

Glowing Greens blacklight mini golf course is great for big parties or a date night. Compete to win across 13 holes, or try your hand at other activities the venue offers like axe throwing or an escape room. In St. John’s, artist Mike Bennett’s newest venture, Wonderwood, is a 9-hole indoor immersive experience decorated with Bennett’s signature art style and characters. 

Combining a sports pub and activities seems to be popular in Portland. In Southeast, Birdie Time Pub offers craft beers and mini golf, while Pips & Bounce is for the ping pong fanatics. Need to burn your energy on a court? Reserve a pickleball court at Northeast’s The People’s Court and grab a burger at their food court after. 

If video games are more your style, head to Ground Kontrol for a night of classic arcade games. Join pinball or Mario Kart tournaments and win the night. On Hawthorne, Quarter World has two full bars and hundreds of games. Nearby on Belmont, the more kid-friendly but still fun-for-adults Wunderland offers inexpensive arcade games. Check out their other locations near Portland, which each offer something different, like movie screenings, mini golf and laser tag.

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Amy Garay
Amy Garay grew up in Salem and now calls Portland her home. When she's not editing stories and social for Travel Oregon as their content editor, she's snapping shots of her travels, visiting small bookstores and lounging on picnic blankets in parks.

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