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Best Adventure Sports in Portland

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Burnside Skate Park

Burnside Skate Park was originally built by skateboarders looking for a place to practice their sport and was then approved by the city council as a designated skate park. Today, you will see a lot of youngsters there at all times of day and night, performing some daredevil stunts in the slopes of the structure. The place also has some artwork and spray painted murals on the walls, giving it a prohibited and rebel like feel. Go with your own skateboard or just borrow one from the friendly locals.

Portland, OR, United States
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Portland Rock Gym

Scale the walls at this indoor climbing gym, featuring over 8,000 square feet of wall space filled with plenty of challenges. There is a lead wall that stands 40 feet, two top ropes and boulder climbing areas. The facility also includes a cave. Doing its best to bring the outdoors in, this gym has a second outfit at The Powerplant. Equipment rental is available at an extra cost.

Portland, OR, United States
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Willamette Jetboat Excursions

Willamette Jetboat Excursions is an exciting journey that takes you up and down the Willamette River for a two-hour, 37-mile (59 kilometer) boat ride. You will not have the usual slow rolling tour, this boat is fast and you do end up covering quite a bit of the river. Comfortable seats and a smooth ride make it fun. Some sights are incredible, like the plunging falls where the upper Willamette meets the lower part of the river. Also, you could get a glimpse of marine mammals, reptiles and exotic birds on the ride, so keep a keen eye throughout the excursion. This boat ride is one the quintessential experiences of Portland.

Portland, OR, United States
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Portland Kayak Company

Situated near the coast of the Willamette river, the Portland Kayak Company offers a plethora of activities for outdoor lovers. Feel the thrill of waters sports as you try your hand at canoeing and kayaking with Portland Kayak Company, who rent out all the required accessories and equipment for the sport. Besides, the Portland Kayak Company offers training for the amateurs of different age-groups in kayaking and canoeing. Here, you will find the fine quality kayaks, canoes, surf boards, safety equipment, paddles, wet suits and more of the leading sports brands sold at its shop. So, take a break from your regular city tour, and drop in at Portland Kayak Company for some adrenaline rush with water sports when in Portland.

Portland, OR, United States
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Portland International Raceway

Portland International Raceway brings drag races and other professional racing, including NASCAR events, to the Portland area. This popular raceway was built on the city of Vanport, which was wiped out by a flood in 1948. The Formula One racing circuit also holds events here. Known to locals as 'PIR', it is conveniently located at Delta Park, only a few minutes from downtown. If you're staying in the area, you may even hear the cars at night.

Portland, OR, United States
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Vista Balloon Adventures

Fly over beautiful vineyards and luscious hillsides of the Tualatin River Valley. Your crew handles the balloon expertly and tells tales of ballooning and local history. Vista Balloon Adventures is dedicated to customizing your experience, so go ahead and discuss your dreams with them. A tour includes brunch after the voyage. The flight is about an hour long, but the whole affair lasts about three and a half hours.

Sherwood, OR, United States
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