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Portlandia flows to the sea as you visit this piece of Rip City's past. Step on board the only remaining operational steam sternwheel tug in the country to learn all about boating while admiring all of the artifacts and exhibits. Take the tugboat tour and hear how old seafarers battled the river currents. If you want to learn more visit their library, the cheerful staff will give provide some interesting bits of information. Visit the gift store and check out the books and nautical themed gifts. The view of the city aboard the ship is an added proposition that Oregon Maritime Museum offers.
Located in the heart of downtown Portland, Hotel Lucia provides accommodation that is both comfortable and stylish. The interiors are creatively decorated with pastel tints. The 127 rooms are well equipped with modern amenities and a special feature is the ‘Make It So' button that allows a guest to order anything from room service. It also offers spacious banquet halls for meetings and conferences. This boutique hotel is influenced by Asian designs and is adorned with artwork, including an exclusive collection of photos by award-winning photojournalist David Hume Kennerly.
The styles and colors that emerge from the designer's offices at Hanna Andersson are simple, bright and fun. Established in 1983, this Portland-based business is known for quality clothing and accessories for children. Now, the business has expanded to include clothing, shoes and accessories for women and toys as well. After over three decades in the business, Hanna Andersson's easy to wear and stylish creations remain a favorite amongst the city's discerning shoppers despite competition from newer children's boutiques.
If you are in the mood for seeing less traditional performances than the odes of Shakespeare or the musicals of Bernstein, enjoy an evening at the Imago Theater for some drama, acrobatics, mime, music and more. This Portland theater company always puts on a modern, open-to-interpretation show. The theater space, which adds an historical element to the modern pieces, is located in an area of the city that could be described as industrial.
Jamison Square Park is named after William Jamison, who played an important role in the development of the River District. It is one of the three parks lying between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues, all designed by Peter Walker & Partners. Come summer, the park teems with action. The 40,000 square feet (3716 square meter) park becomes the center for loads of fun activities. You can spot lots of teenagers, tiny tots with their parents, even grandparents are regulars. Relax with a book on one of the many benches or stretch on the cool grass. A horizontal cascading fountain grabs a lot of attention. Live entertainment events are also frequently conducted at the venue. Escape from the bustling city atmosphere and unwind as you let your kids squeal with joy on a lazy summer morning.
This venue is a part of the Portland'5 Centers for the Arts, located inside the Antoinette Hatfield Hall. The impressive Edwardian-style venue is the only one of its kind, and houses 880 comfortable and well-positioned seats, none of which are more than 65 feet from the stage. Get a close-up of the action underneath an impressive ceiling, beautifully lit by scores of tiny lights that adjust according to the act. Dance performances, kids' shows, concerts, lectures, opera, Broadway acts and symphonies help keep up the vibrancy.
With only 304 seats, The Dolores Winningstad Theatre, located in the Antoinette Hatfield Hall at the Portland'5 Centers for the Arts, is a fabulous way to see and hear Shakespeare. Tygres Heart Shakespeare Company produces and stages various plays at this venue. The three plays per season are presented as traditional performances and innovative interpretations. The 1993 season featured an all-female version of The Taming of the Shrew, set in a women's college. In the same year, this company was recognized nationally for its sign language-interpreting program. Taking its name from a line in Henry VI, Part 3, this company provides an unforgettable stage experience.
They simply do not make toys like this anymore. A vast collection of toys, including some truly impressive and rare mechanical banks and vehicular toys, are displayed throughout this unusual museum. These classic toys from the 19th and 20th Centuries are quite a change from the stuff kids are into these days, and will probably make you nostalgic for a bygone era. The Kidd's Toy Museum displays only about one third of Frank Kidd's massive private collection, painstakingly put together over a lifetime.
Introducing mesmerizing theater at its best! This non-profit youth theater has been entertaining the locals for over two decades and is still going strong. Some recent shows have included Shrek the Musical and Alice in Wonderland. Sign the kids up for enlightening courses, such as Introduction to Acting or Dance Moves, and register to receive discount tickets, preferred seating and more.
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) offers halls dedicated to earth science, life science, computers, chemistry, traveling exhibits and hands-on exhibits, a planetarium, the Empirical Theater, a submarine to tour, a motion simulator ride and a cafe. The museum, through its various games and interactive displays, offers an opportunity to exercise the grey cells and leave with more knowledge and information.
The largest professional theater for children in the United States, this Downtown Portland/City Center theater is known to wow audiences, parents included, with elaborate and exciting performances. Shows at the Keller Auditorium range from mainstays like Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little to more innovative works. Children must be at least four years old to attend. Shows can be seen year round, and the offered classes are sure to bring out the drama in anyone.
Deeply embedded in Portland's rich history, the Oregon Rail Heritage Center (ORHC) attempts to preserve the essence of the early transportation industry. Large steam rails, vintage passenger cars and other such paraphernalia make up the exhibits. The functional rails are used for various tours and offer a chance to experience some old-world glory. Soak up some of the local cultures at this aptly named the heritage center.