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Tom McCall Waterfront Park

Cool off in the fountain, walk or bike the paths, or take in a festival at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

Spend any time in Portland and you will no doubt find yourself drawn to this locals’ favorite, which they simply call Waterfront Park. 

Many visitors from other cities envy Portlanders’ attractive green space in the heart of the city. Stroll along the banks of the Willamette River and in no time you will forget that you are only minutes away from the hubbub of a busy commercial center. The wide, tree-lined paths filled with joggers, cyclists and dog walkers make for a pleasant atmosphere any time of year, although summer is when this park really comes alive. 

Join the dozens of families who like to cool off in the waters of the ornate fountain, Salmon St Springs. With 185 water jets, there is room for everyone. On Saturday and Sunday from March through December, the Market Pavilion showcases locally made arts and crafts. This outdoor market started in 1974 and is the longest running of its kind in the United States. As well as handmade items, the market has an international food court with booths offering anything from Nepalese-style dumplings to Philly steak sandwiches.

As you make your way around the park you will notice several statues and memorials. Notable among these is a monument to the Battleship Oregon, a U.S. naval ship built in 1893. There is also the Japanese-American Historical Plaza, which commemorates the Japanese citizens held in inland World War II prisoner-of-war camps. 

The park hosts many city festivals. There’s a Waterfront Blues Festival in early July, and the Oregon Brewers Festival in late July. Oregon Bite showcases the best of all things culinary in August, and the Gay and Lesbian Pride Festival is held in November.


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Lodging Near Tom McCall Waterfront Park

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$109
Staypineapple at Hotel Rose

Staypineapple at Hotel Rose

50 SW Morrison Street, Portland
4.2
of 5, from 1,986 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Set across from the Willamette River and Tom McCall Waterfront Park, and river walk, this 5-story hotel is 4 blocks from downtown's Pioneer Place.

$111
Mark Spencer Hotel

Mark Spencer Hotel

409 Sw 11th Ave, Portland
4.2
of 5, from 1,710 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

In the heart of Portland's fashionable Pearl District, Mark Spencer Hotel is surrounded by a glittering array of galleries, restaurants, and theaters. Powell's, one of the world's largest independent bookstores, is a block away. It's an 8-minute walk to the Portland Art Museum.

$135
AC Hotel by Marriott Portland Downtown

AC Hotel by Marriott Portland Downtown

888 Sw Third Ave, Portland
4.6
of 5, from 186 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Portland, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Pioneer Place, Pioneer Courthouse Square, and Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Portland State University and Providence Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$233
The Nines, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Portland

The Nines, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Portland

525 SW Morrison Street, Portland
4.5
of 5, from 1,464 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Portland, this luxury hotel is steps from Pioneer Place and Pioneer Courthouse Square. Tom McCall Waterfront Park and Providence Park are also within 15 minutes.

$127
Residence Inn by Marriott Portland Downtown/RiverPlace

Residence Inn by Marriott Portland Downtown/RiverPlace

2115 Sw River Pkwy, Portland
4.3
of 5, from 579 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Portland, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Portland Aerial Tram and Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Portland State University and Pioneer Courthouse Square are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$144
The Paramount Hotel

The Paramount Hotel

808 SW Taylor St, Portland
4.4
of 5, from 2,627 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This casual, intimate hotel overlooks Director Park and is located in the heart of downtown Portland near concert halls, art museums, Pioneer Square shopping, restaurants, and MAX Light rail and trolley.

$132
The Benson, a Coast Hotel

The Benson, a Coast Hotel

309 SW Broadway, Portland
4.3
of 5, from 2,211 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Built in 1913, this hotel is 4 blocks from Pioneer Square, MAX light rail trains, downtown shopping, and Pearl District shops, galleries, and restaurants. The Portland Center for the Performing Arts is nearby.

$152
Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton Portland-Pearl District

Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton Portland-Pearl District

354 NW 9th Ave, Portland
4.9
of 5, from 89 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

This hotel is located in Portland (Pearl District), close to Art Institute of Portland, Pioneer Courthouse Square, and Providence Park. Also nearby are Moda Center and Veterans Memorial Coliseum.