Waterfront Park contains several monuments, including this one dedicated to the Battleship Oregon. For a breif period this ship was on display on the south side of Portland's waterfront, near what is now called "Riverplace", at the far south side of Waterfront Park.
During World War II, the ship was taken back by the US Navy, most of it was broken up and used as scrap metal for the war effort, but the hull itself was used for a number of purposes such as training exercises.
100 years ago, the ship was quite famous for its role in running around Cape Horn to join the Spanish American war, and served as a motive to start construction of the Panama Canal.
These are the last large remnants of the ship, but sometimes I have also occasionally found small remnants of the ship (such as lights) in places such as the very oldest of Portland restaurants.
The photos shown here are from 2003, but the idea behind the Portland Fireworks is pretty much all the same: a barge is moved into the middle of the river, between the Hawthorne Bridge and the Morrison Bridge. Right around sunset, the fireworks start going off.
The fireworks are viewable from a number of locations: East Bank Esplanade and Waterfront Park are the closest to the fireworks. Some of the hills overlooking downtown can be good too, and all of these photos were taken from Mt. Tabor Park - which is far away from the crowds, but also far away from the show too!
One of the odd effects of viewing the fireworks from Mt. Tabor is that, while it is dark in downtown Portland due to the shadow cast from the hills behind the city, the height of Mt. Tabor eliminates the shadow and there is still quite a bit of light. You can see this in photo 3.
Fireworks shows generally happen at least twice a year: 4th of July and on the first Friday of the Rose Festival. Sometimes (but not always) they have also happened on the Friday of the Cinco de Mayo festival. THERE IS USUALLY NO SHOW ON NEW YEARS DAY!!!
When it was installed in Waterfront Park, the local newspaper made comments about this likely becoming a commonly used landmark and location for people to meet.
It is a frequently used landmark, and both children and adults love to play in the fountain. However, the mobs of teenagers and others have not shown up. There are some that stay around here, but the crowd is far larger at Pioneer Courthouse Square - most likely because of the nearby shopping malls and department stores.
Originally, the fountain had a large center pillar of water, but it was turned off after several people were injured by running through the fountain and hitting this jet of water.
During certain summer days, the sun light will line up down Salmon Street during sunset, and create some spectacular colors in the fountain.
After "The Grill" dinner it is very nice to find your way to Water Front Park. It is close... Just couple of blocks. Fresh air and beautiful view of the river. Not much people over there. Plenty of air and green grass.
Visitors might like to experience Portland from the waters of the Willamette, itself. Several tour boats take guests – mostly in the warmer months – on a series of different cruises – sightseeing, dinner, partying. The Portland Spirit is one of the larger vessels and is docked next to the Salmon Street Springs on the westbank near the Hawthorne Bridge. Other tour boats include the Portland Rose Sternwheeler and a couple of jet boats that had earlier lives on the waters of the Rogue River in southwestern Oregon.
Located in Waterfront Park opposite the Oregon Maritime Museum, the mainmast of the USS Oregon, one of America's first battleships, is all that remains of this historic ship. The ship was found glory during the Spanish-American War of 1899 when it broke the record for transiting from the Pacific to the Atlantic - a time that was still so long that it underscored the need to develop a trans-isthmus canal in Central America. The Oregon made it to Cuba in time for the Battle of Santiago Bay in which the Spanish fleet was destroyed outside of the entrance to Guantanamo Bay. The Oregon had been restored as a museum berthed along the Willamette River for many years following it’s decommission at the end of WWI. With the dramatic entrance of the US into WWII, the Oregon governor offered the museum ship to the US Navy with the misguided thought that the Navy would be able to use the ship in the War against Japan. The ship was far to outdated to be of service to the Navy. Not sure what to do with the gift, the Navy began operations to scrap the ship. When it was learned that the Navy was scrapping the ship - the only one of its era left - the 'gift' was rescinded, but it was too late. The only part left is here.
For more on the history of 'McKinley's Bulldog', see
This park runs for 22 blocks along the Willamette River. In warmer weather many events are held here, such as the Waterfront Blues Festival. There is a nice paved path for walking, biking or rollerblading. It is also located close to many downtown restaurants.
Annually over 4th of July weekend the fabulous Portland waterfront transforms into the Blue's festival. While I am not a huge fan of Blue's myself, the festival is a good time out.
With four days of continuous music, I believe this is one of the larger festivals in the country. Have a few friends that swear it is a great showcase of talent.
I just love being on the waterfront during any of the summer festivals.
Great time to be here as there are fireworks nightly and the 4th is spectacular.
Only downside it for some reason Safeway is one of the areas biggest promotors - thus the food is mostly by ...Safeway. Hmmm grocery store Chinese food...not so good.
Tom McCall Waterfront Park: This is a 22 block park!
It is on the water front so awesome view! The park hosts many events and festivals such as the Rose Festival, the Bite, the largest US Brewers' Festival and the Blues Festival. Also tons of art work all over the park bike trails! .......
Forest Park:the park is a mecca for hikers, cyclists and any outdoorsy person! One word BEAUTIFUL! Green green and more green which is what Oregon is all about! .......
They say every city has a heart, well Pioneer Courthouse Square is certainly the hear of Portland!
A giant piazza that is considerd by many experts an architectural wonder.I love the Roman columns. An amphitheater where musical concerts take place! ONE WORD OF CAUTION: watch out for the weather machine!!Just make sure you are around when the clock hits 12pm! :).......
Bonneville Dam: The perfect place to watch Salmon and steel heads moving up the river! Great scneic view! Are you feeling stressed out with all the walking and beer you have been drinking and your mother in law? If yes, then you need to head to Breitenbush Hot Springs retreat center! A Spa like that is really amazing. You will certainly relax and feel brand new!
The Marina area is a beautiful spot to walk around. There are some great shops and plenty of good restaurants.