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Published On 07/26/2013 Published On 07/26/2013
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1. Oregon Zoo 4001 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR 97221 (Sw Portland)

The Oregon Zoo boasts roughly 2,000 animals over an impressive 64-acre sprawl. Start at the Elephant Meadow (because you're never too old to be impressed by zoo creatures) and work your way to BearWalk Café for hand-scooped ice cream!

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2. Oaks Amusement Park 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland, OR 97202 (Sw Portland)

A mini-carnival that's open year-round, for those who want to indulge in some childhood nonsense in any type of seasonal weather.

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3. Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI) 1945 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR 97214 (East Portland)

Get swept away in the planetarium, a real USS Blueback (the Navy's last non-nuclear, fast-attack submarine), or head to the OmniMax Theater to view a film on dinosaurs (because you're never too old to live our your paleontologist career-dream...).

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4. Sky High Sports 11131 SW Greenburg Rd, Tigard, OR 97223 (Sw Portland)

Sky High is an entire indoor amusement center, featuring an entire arena (read: floor and walls) made of trampolines. Go ahead, convince yourself you still can do a chicken flip.

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5. Laurelwood Public House & Brewery 5115 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97213 (Ne Portland)

Laurelwood is the perfect family spot (or spot to watch families actually behave), because there's something for everyone. They feature an impressive amount of seasonal brews, and fresh-ingredient pub food.

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6. Huber's Cafe 411 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204 (Sw Portland)

Located in Historic Oregon Pioneer Building, Huber's -- Portland's oldest restaurant, founded in 1879 -- really takes the cake for old-school flare and modern-American cuisine. Here, guests can enjoy a traditional turkey dinner, fresh seafood, pasta, and Huber's signature Spanish Coffee, which is prepared tableside with a bit of pyrotechnics.

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7. Multnomah Falls 50000 E Historic Columbia River Hwy, Bridal Veil, OR 97010

A breathtaking bridge hovers over Multnomah Falls -- while tourists alike eagerly snap pictures and upload them to Instagram. Sound like your kind of outdoor expedition? Us, too...

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8. Oregon Historical Society 1200 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205 (Sw Portland)

If and/or when you ever feel like taking a debauchery-detox, hit up the Oregon Historical Society to check out what once stood in the city before it was taken over by awesomeness modern-day expansion.

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9. Portland Saturday Market 50-98 OR-99W, Portland, OR 97204 (Old Townchina Town)

Everyone who watches Portlandia knows that hipsters love markets. And if there's one thing this city does exceptionally well, it's the Portland Saturday Market, which boasts local artist work, food vendors, and entertainment.

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10. Portland Aerial Tram 3303 SW Bond Ave, Portland, OR 97239 (Sw Portland)

This tram allows for breathtaking views of the city, from prettyyyyy high-up heights.

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11. Golden Dragon Exotic Club 324 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204 (Sw Portland)

Portland's classiest most...exotic... joint to-date. There's a jukebox, full bar, chinese buffet options, and...oh yeah...female barely-dressed dancers.

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12. Glowing Greens Mini Golf 509 SW Taylor St, Portland, OR 97204 (Sw Portland)

Glowing Greens is the mini-golf course (Glow-in-the-dark! 3D sets! Noise from the walls!) that you wish existed when you were a kid. But there's no age limit here, so go and indulge in some childish pleasure ... and totally dominate your friends.

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13. Rose City Rollers 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland, OR 97202 (Old Townchina Town)

Rose City Rollers is basically just chicks on roller skates, getting really physically intense and taking eachother out...for your (and maybe their) enjoyment. Did we mention they could probably beat you up?

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14. Portland Meadows 1001 N Schmeer Rd, Portland, OR 97217 (N Portland)

A Portland racetrack that condones spending (read: betting) all of your money and horsing around (ha!).

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15. Cartopia 1200 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214 (Se Portland)

Cartopia is exactly as it sounds: a mecca of food trucks and foodies alike, all looking for the one that's going to do them in.