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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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Staypineapple at Hotel Rose

Staypineapple at Hotel Rose

50 SW Morrison Street, Portland
4.3
of 5, from 2,844 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.

$104
Hotel Modera

Hotel Modera

515 Southwest Clay St, Portland
4.4
of 5, from 3,038 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Downtown boutique hotel adjacent to light rail; close to Tom McCall Waterfront Park; within 4 blocks of Portland Art Museum.

$150
The Benson, a Coast Hotel

The Benson, a Coast Hotel

309 SW Broadway, Portland
4.3
of 5, from 3,200 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.

$129
The Paramount Hotel

The Paramount Hotel

808 SW Taylor St, Portland
4.4
of 5, from 2,494 reviews
3.5 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.

$119
Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront

Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront

1401 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland
4.3
of 5, from 1,787 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Mt Hood provides a scenic backdrop for this waterfront Marriott, set across from Tom McCall Park and a riverfront promenade; Keller Auditorium is 4 blocks away; Pioneer Place is 8 blocks away.

$156
Dossier

Dossier

750 SW Alder Street, Portland
4.4
of 5, from 1,093 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This downtown Portland hotel is close to the Pearl District's nightlife, prized restaurants, unique shops, arts/cultural venues, and the waterfront. It is also a few blocks from Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and the Portland Art Museum.

$144
The Heathman Hotel

The Heathman Hotel

1001 SW Broadway, Portland
4.5
of 5, from 1,698 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in the downtown core of both the financial and artistic core of the city, The Heathman Hotel is within a few blocks of Pioneer Courthouse Square, City Hall, and the renowned Pearl district.

$71
University Place Hotel & Conference Center

University Place Hotel & Conference Center

310 SW Lincoln Street, Portland
3.2
of 5, from 1,860 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Portland, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Dreamer, Portland State University, and Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Pioneer Courthouse Square and Oregon Museum of Science and Industry are also within 2 mi (3 km).