Now that you have all this free time on your hands, what are you going to do in order to stay busy, active, and entertained? Well, besides caring for the grandkids every so often and traveling the world, as so many retirees do, the Portland area offers an immense amount of activity for you to go and do to keep yourself busy on a daily basis. In fact, you may just find you’re going to have to block out some “me time,” once again in your schedule just to get some rest!
Walk Around: You may have even lived in the city for much or all of your life, but you may not have yet walked the city and all its intricacies. And, Portland has a lot of those intricacies to offer! From the hundreds of miles of trail available in Forest Park to the flights and flights upon flights of old staircases lurking about town to the urban walking tours offered in various neighborhoods, take few days and saunter about town. Portland Walking Tours
The Gardens: The Pacific Northwest is known for its exquisite beauty throughout the year. The rich, lush green, gardens abound with life in every season and the opportunity to enjoy and “inhale” the outdoor beauty is always at your fingertips. Take an afternoon or morning tour through both the Chinese and Japanese Gardens, truly in the heart of the city, have some tea, and enjoy the artful silence. While you’re at it, the International Test Rose Garden just below the Japanese Gardens in Washington Park is in full bloom all summer long and free and open to the public. Pack a picnic, soak up the sun, and bask in the aromatic sense of wellness.
Art Museums: If you like art and have a day to spend wandering the halls of the Portland Museum of Art, take the opportunity, for sure. The vast and fantastical museum offers visual displays galore with special collections and exhibitions and even special events in and around the grounds. This museum is a treat no matter how many times you’ve visited before.
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry: If you like museums, OMSI should be on your list of places to visit at least twice a year. The museum is phenomenally large and one of the nation’s leading science centers. It contains three auditoriums, including a large-screen theatre, planetarium, and exhibition halls with a variety of hands-on permanent exhibits focused on natural sciences, industry, and technology. You could spend days here, really.
Whisky Library: And finally, once you’re done for the day, make a special trip to Portland’s highly exclusive Multnomah Whisky Library. It’s a city secret and most Portlandians don’t necessarily like to share or boast about this hidden gem, but you don’t have to tell your friends. Just make a visit, take a hall pass, and enjoy one of the most “exhausting collections, representing all major, and lesser, styles of distilled spirits known to the modern world.”
There’s never a shortage of things to do in the great Pacific Northwestern city of Portland. And, as a retiree, you can enjoy the leisure of time visiting all the venue, as well as possibly take advantage of the senior discounts offered by most places on the list.