Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland

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#37 of 179 in Things to do in Portland
With more than 26,000 people passing by the Square each day, and thousands more visiting the Square directly, it is the single most visited site in Oregon's most visited city.

The Square is one of Portland's leading outdoor venues, hosting over 300 events each year that range from large-scale concerts to cultural festivals. The Square is a true symbol of Portland with its bricks symbolizing the people that make Portland such an extraordinary city.
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  • August 12, 2017
    The number one point of downtown. Usually if you are speaking generically of DT, this is where you visualize. It is a square block in the middle of tall buildings with shopping, restaurants and sights...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    The square itself is under renovations (end of July 2017), but you can tell it will be a good gathering place for activities and events when it's all finished. Do visit the Tourist Information Center ...  more »
  • August 5, 2017
    Central spot in Portland on the blue and red train lines. Lots of restaurants to get a bite. Columbia clothes store near by. Also can buy tickets to the hop-on-hop-off trolley tour. When we visited th...  more »
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  • March 21, 2017
    The iconic tourism spot in the SW. Great place to take visitors, since there's always something going on. Get an iconic picture with the umbrella guy or that street sign pointing out world cities. Grab a bite to eat at one of the on-site food trucks, or walk down to 10th and Alder to get something else! Great shopping center, and an awesome place to grab coffee at the see-through Starbucks while you meander toward the MAX line you need to catch. Great street vendors and some of the absolute best street performers.
  • May 31, 2017
    A perfect place to get your downtown adventure started. It's surrounded by all the MAX lines and is close to many restaurants, bars, stores and hotels. Also only a six block walk to the waterfront.
  • June 8, 2017
    This place is nice, it used to be a lot nicer. It doesn't feel so safe anymore, I would say to visit but to keep in mind of your surroundings and don't talk to strangers, let small things that bug you go,and be polite. keep that in mind pretty much everywhere in portland.
  • June 18, 2017
    Nice park in the heart of the city. Many events occur here throughout the year. There is also a Starbucks and trimet office located on site. Unfortunately you also encounter some of the cities best and WORST crowds.
  • April 26, 2017
    Excellent place to congregate and events thrown here are usually lots of fun. The city maintains it well, so it's a nice place to just chill no matter what time of the day. There's lots to do around the area and it's the center of the transit mall, where most of the public transit intersects.

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