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Salmon Street Springs

Cool off on a hot day or just watch an impressive fountain with programmed choreography releasing mist, making rainbows in the sun.

Participating in Portland’s vigorous exercise culture can get you hot and sweaty, so cool off after a long bike ride, run or walk with a stroll through the jets of the Salmon Street Springs. Located on the waterfront just steps from the river, its proximity to downtown Portland’s museums and attractions, as well as its bike paths, make it a popular stopping-off point. Get wet or admire the show from afar as 185 jets, programmed by an underground computer, trace a series of patterns and arcs across the sky.

On a hot summer day, listen to the sound of children’s laughter before the fountain actually comes into view. Kids run in and out of the spray, aiming for or avoiding the water. Take the best pictures from a distance, when the fountain is in the foreground against the waters and trees of the Willamette or the buildings of Portland’s downtown. 

Approach the water carefully. Large blocks that seem well away from the fountain itself may burst into life during some of the choreographies and will cool down sitters whether they like it or not.

Run quickly through the jets, which are sourced largely from recycled water at a rate of thousands of gallons a day. To stay dry, sit on the shady benches underneath the nearby trees and watch kids take full advantage, emerging dripping a few minutes later into the arms of their parents. 

Salmon Street Springs is located in downtown Portland’s Tom McCall Waterfront Park along the Willamette River, not far from some of the city’s biggest attractions. Walk from the Portland Art Museum or the campus of Portland State University within 10 minutes. A bike path, the Waterfront Park Trail, runs past the fountain, making a stop here convenient for bikers. Union Station is a 10-minute bike or drive away. Drive from Portland Airport in 25 minutes or take a train in 50 minutes. Parking is available on the street and in metered garages near the fountain. Visit in spring, summer or fall when the fountain operates from early morning to late at night.


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    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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    409 Sw 11th Ave, Portland, OR
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Portland, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Powell's City of Books, Roseland Theater, and Pioneer Courthouse Square. Portland Art Museum and Portland State University are also within 1 mi (2 km). Galleria-SW 10th Avenue Station is only a 4-minute walk and Library-SW 9th Avenue Station is 6 minutes.

      The Benson, a Coast Hotel $115
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      The Benson, a Coast Hotel

      309 SW Broadway, Portland, OR
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Portland, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland Art Museum, and Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Keller Auditorium and Roseland Theater are also within 10 minutes. Pioneer Square South Station and Pioneer Place-SW 5th Avenue Station are within a 2-minute walk.

          Hyatt House Portland/Downtown $101
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            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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            Radisson RED Portland Downtown $105
            Radisson RED Portland Downtown

            Radisson RED Portland Downtown

            1455 S.W. Broadway, Portland, OR
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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              Hotel Lucia

              Hotel Lucia

              400 SW Broadway, Portland, OR
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Portland, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Powell's City of Books, Pioneer Place, and Portland Art Museum. Providence Park and Portland State University are also within 1 mi (2 km). SW 6th-Pine Street Station and Pioneer Square North Station are within a 5-minute walk.

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                The Paramount Hotel

                808 SW Taylor St, Portland, OR
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Portland, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland Art Museum, and Pioneer Courthouse Square. Tom McCall Waterfront Park and Portland State University are also within 10 minutes. Library-SW 9th Avenue Station is only a 2-minute walk and Pioneer Square South Station is 3 minutes.