Keep Portland Weird with These Awesome Places to Visit


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Being quirky is something that comes naturally to those in Portland. In fact, so proud of this fact, the people of Portland have a dedication to Keep Portland Weird.

With this in mind we have put together a collection of the top 5 fun things to do in the Oregon area, all with a slightly weird twist.

The Enchanted Forest

Let’s face it. Salem is a pretty interesting place to travel to and one that is absolutely steeped in history. However, witch stories aside, Salem is also home to the Enchanted Forest. A theme park with a difference, all of the attractions and sights are fairy tale themed and it really gets your imagination flowing!

The Smallest Park in The World

Leave the picnic at home and come to see the smallest park in all the world. Mills Ends Park in Portland originally started life in 1948 as a site for a light pole. The pole never appeared and instead an assortment of weeds popped up in the space. Dick Fagan, an Oregon Journal columnist decided to plant some flowers in the space and created the smallest park in the world.

Whilst it may not be big enough for a game of tiddlywinks let alone Frisbee, it is still a weird and wonderful place to visit.

Stark’s Vacuum Museum

Now we are all fans of a good quality household appliance. But the Stark’s Vacuum Museum takes it another step further. This museum with a difference holds 300 different vacuums, all of which have been traded in, donated or simply dropped off at the museum. There are a real variety of vacuums here, from throughout the ages and you will be sure to find some that you recognise from your own childhood.

The Freakybuttrue Peculiarium

It doesn’t get much weirded then the Freakbuttrue Peculiarium. Here you will find an assortment of oddities, sci-fi art and urban legends. All of which have to be seen to be believed. Taking on board the motto of keeping Portland Weird. This is a place for lovers of everything unique and freaky, and it certainly won’t disappoint.

The Rimsky-Korsakoffee House

Love the idea of dining somewhere that deems itself as being casually threatening? If you do then Rimsky’s is the place for you. Boasting an almost ghostly atmosphere, this is an interesting place to visit if you are in the Portland area. Tables that are named after deceased composers have been known to grow and shrink during dining and all of the tops are covered in movable glass allowing you to leave behind your own memento of your visit.

Just be prepared for the tricks and treats that can come from as simple a request as some water for your table!

So, now you know, there are so many fun things to do in Portland that there really has been no better time to put together some vacation ideas and head to an interesting, welcoming and fun place to visit!

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Last modified: March 12, 2017

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