Category: United States

Hershey, Pennsylvania

A- Overview:
The love of chocolate and the imagination of a candy manufacturer transformed the factory town of Hershey, Pennsylvania into a major tourist destination, beloved by adults and children the world over. Standing on the corner of Chocolate and Cocoa Avenue, with the wonderful aroma of Hershey’s chocolate filling the air, visitors find it easy to understand why Hershey is known as “the sweetest place on earth.”

Milton S. Hershey operated candy manufacturing businesses in New York and Philadelphia before returning around 1905 to his hometown in the heart of Pennsylvania’s picturesque dairyland. He made a success of the caramel business and then decided to revamp his factory into a chocolate processing plant. The company grew, and soon employed most of the local workforce. Near the plant, Hershey created quite a few supply businesses such as a butcher supply shop, and grocery stores.

Hershey opened “Hershey Park” in 1907 to provide a place of relaxation for his employees and their families. Today, it’s known as Hersheypark and is billed as “the cleanest and greenest theme park in America.” Hershey kept adding to his factory, his park and his town, doing everything possible to make it a pleasant, prosperous place to live and work and a wonderful place to visit.

During the depression, he kept people at work constructing a community center, a sports arena and stadium known as Hersheypark Arena & Stadium, and a grand hotel in the European tradition. The Hotel Hershey is now one of America’s finest historic hotels.

Over the years, the town and amusements that Hershey built for his employees and their families have expanded into a Disney-type theme park. In Hershey, the streetlights are alternately shaped like wrapped and unwrapped Hershey’s chocolate kisses. At every turn, there are rides and activities for children of all ages (which are enjoyed just as much by adults.)

While at the park, visitors can tour Hershey’s Chocolate World, the official visitor’s center of Hershey Foods Corporation. Don’t forget to take your free Hershey’s chocolate sample. Also available are campgrounds, golf, world-class theater, professional soccer and hockey, the Hershey Gardens and renowned Zooamerica.

The Hershey Zoo, originally built to display Milton Hershey’s wild animal collection, has grown to become Zooamerica North American Wildlife Park. This major attraction covers 11 acres and depicts the regions of North America and the plants and animals native to each.Indoor and outdoor habitats house more than 200 animals of 75 species.

Hersheypark Stadium presents outdoor sports events, including professional soccer games played by the Hershey Wildcats, as well as concerts. The Hershey Bears ice hockey team plays next to the stadium at a smaller concert venue known as the Star Pavilion.

For chocolate lovers, and the young at heart, a visit to Hershey is pure delight! It is a vacation destination that is filled with family fun.

B- City Information:
Population: 7,400

Location: in the Lebanon Valley of Pennsylvania.

Elevation: 350 feet

Time Zone Hershey is in the eastern time zone. When it is noon in New York City; it is also noon in Hershey.

Weather:

Average Temperatures

Month
High
Low

January
39F
25F

February
40F
25F

March
49F
32F

April
62F
42F

May
73F
52F

June
82F
61F

July
86F
55F

August
84F
64F

September
77F
56F

October
66F
46F

November
52F
36F

December
41F
26F

When to Go: Hersheypark is in full operation from early May through Labor Day in early September. The zoo remains open year round. There are additional seasonal events in November and December. Spring and summer are the most popular times for a visit.

Business Hours

Banks are usually open weekdays 9 to 3 and some Saturday mornings; the post office from 8 to 5 weekdays and often on Saturday mornings. typically open at 10 daily and stay open until anywhere from 6 to 10 PM on weekdays and Saturdays, and until 5 or 6 on Sundays.

Holidays

New Year’s Day Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President’s Day 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day last Mon. in May;

Independence Day July 4

Labor Day 1st Mon. in Sept.

Thanksgiving Day 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve Dec. 31.

Emergencies

Ambulance, Fire , Police (Phone: 911).

Taxes

The sales tax in Pennsylvania is 6%.

Tipping

At restaurants, a 15% tip is standard for waiters; up to 20% may be expected at more expensive establishments. The same goes for taxi drivers, bartenders, and hairdressers.

Telephones

The country code for the United States is 1. The area code for Hershey, PA area is (717).

Getting There

By Automobile

From the Harrisburg area follow Rt. 322 to Hershey Park Drive/Rt. 39 exit. Follow Hershey Park Dr. through the next two traffic lights. You will see Hershey Park and the Hershey Factory Outlet Stores as you pass the second light.

By Plane

Harrisburg International Airport

208 Airport Drive

Middletown, Pennsylvania 17057

Phone: 717-948-3900

Toll-Free: 888-HIA-JETS

Fax: 717-948-4636

Harrisburg International Airport is easy to reach. Airport entrances are clearly marked from major access roads such as Interstate Routes 83 and 283, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, State Route 230, and the Capital Beltway. Both long- and short-term parking lots are well-marked and within sight of the connector roads.

Transportation to Hershey

All rental car companies are represented at the airport. A car is the best means of transportation for travel to and from Hershey and the surrounding area.

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Hershey Gardens

170 Hotel Road

Hershey, PA

a 3-1/2 acre rose garden planted for Milton Hershey in 1937, is now an award-winning, 23 acre botanical delight: a perfect place to relax and enjoy the exquisite blooms.

Hershey Museum

170 W. Hersheypark Drive

Open: Year-round except New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas.

Learn about Milton Hershey and the place that bears his name at the Hershey Museum. His legacy continues, in “The Town Built on Chocolate.”

See how crayons and markers are made and explore dozens of interactive projects and activities. Project themes and activities change every month! And while your here, visit our neighbor – The National Canal Museum and visitor center for the National Heritage Corridor. Trolley rides and canal boat rides also available.

Hershey Park

100 W. Hersheypark Dr.

Hershey, PA 17033

Phone: (570) 534-3090 or 800 HERSHEY

Fax: (570) 534-3165

Year round. Memorial Day to Labor Day; 9am-6pm, balance of the year; 9am-5pm. Closed major holidays.

Hershey Park is ranked as one of the cleanest and greenest theme parks in America. It features Great Bear, Pennsylvania’s only steel inverted looping coaster.

Zooamerica

The Zoo is located just across the walking bridge from Hersheypark.

Zooamerica is an 11-acre walk-through zoo that is home to animals and living plants native to five regions of North America.

Over 200 animals, representing 75 species, provide visitors with a new perspective on the natural environment and the preservation of wildlife.

Zooamerica is open year-round.

Bus Tour

1 – 866 – 868 – 7463.

just minutes to Hershey, Lancaster and Gettysburg. With five stops on the Pennsylvania Trail of History, the PA Capital Region is a year-round wonderland. Stops for a tour of the Civil War Museum in Harrisburg: the largest of its kind. In Harrisburg, the State Capitol Building was voted the most beautiful in the nation by the Smithsonian Institute. Experience the magic of Hershey’s Chocolate World, Candy Lane and the thrilling Hershey Amusement Park. Visit world-class spas, try nostalgic river boating, train rides, covered bridges and breathtaking caverns. From Amish Farms to Outlet Shopping, the Region has so much to offer.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Zooamerica

The Zoo is located just across the walking bridge from Hersheypark.

Zooamerica is an 11-acre walk-through zoo that is home to animals and living plants native to five regions of North America.

Over 200 animals, representing 75 species, provide visitors with a new perspective on the natural environment and the preservation of wildlife.

Zooamerica is open year-round.

Hershey’s Factory – Works

Hershey’s Factory Works is hands-on, interactive fun for everyone! This dynamic attraction gives visitors the opportunity to experience a real Hershey’s Kisses chocolates manufacturing line, and order mouth-watering personalized desserts from Hershey’s very own entertaining bakers “the “Hershey-izers.”

Hersheypark

Water Rides:

Canyon River Rapids

Riders are guaranteed to get drenched during this four minute white-water adventure that winds through five acres of canyon walls and waterfalls.

Coal Cracker

A hydroflume boat ride that gives guests a wet ride full of splashes through water canals, ending with one big plunge!

Paddle Boats

Riders paddle fiberglass boats with their feet on picturesque Spring Creek in the Comet Hollow section of HERSHEYPARK. (Not included in HERSHEYPARK admission; additional fee charged.)

Roller Soaker

ROLLER SOAKER is the ultimate aerial water experience featuring water squirt guns, water sprayers, and spurting geysers. Each rider will be able to actually dump up to four gallons of water on spectators below, whenever they choose, while the spectators can direct huge water sprayers toward the riders, offering a drenching interaction for everyone.

Tidal Force

Adult Ride: One of the tallest splash-down rides in the world. Guaranteed to get you soaked!

Tiny Timbers

This is a small-scale log flume for children and accompanying adults. Log boats float at a slow pace in a water-filled canal.

Western Chute out (Straight Shooters)

Guests splash down a straight tube in a raft singly or with another rider.

Western Chute Out (Winding Rivers)

Guests sit in rafts as they twist and plunge through a tunnel.

Other Rides

Stormrunner

This one-of-a-kind coaster will launch you from 0-72 mph in 2 seconds flat. 18 stories straight up, straight down. And that’s just the beginning. You’ll fly through loops, twists, and turns so fast, you won’t know which way is west.

Other Coasters are named:

Comet

Great Bear

Lightning Racer

Sooperdooperlooper

Roller Soaker

Sidewinder

Trailblazer

Wild Mouse

Wildcat

Special Rides for Small Children (Kiddy Rides)

Convoy

These realistic trucks caravan around the track.

Bizzy Bees

These child-sized vehicles move around a track. Children can push a button to make a “buzzing” sound.

Dinosaur-Go-Round: Same idea as Bizzy Bees, except that the vehicles are in the shape of mini-dinosaurs. The track goes around a lighted “volcano.”

Dizzy Drums

Children sit in a drum-shaped vehicle that gently twirls around a track.

Frog Hopper

Children sit in a seat-belted row and are lifted a short distance above the ground and “hopped” down. Parents (and grandparents) welcome.

Carousel

These are a few of the 24 Kiddy Rides, each designed to delight small children.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events

January

Annual: Hershey Theater performance of a major Broadway play: For more information, call the Box Office at (717) 534-3405

Mid-January Annually: Pennsylvania Farm Show, 9 – 9, Harrisburg Farm Show Complex.

Late March

Adventure Sports in Hershey opens for the season. Call for Spring hours. 717-533-7479

Early May

Hersheypark opens for the season.

October

Halloween events at the park

December

December and January: Hershey Sweet Lightsand Christmas Candylane: a spectacular holiday drive-through of a winter wonderland with displays and many lights adjacent to Hershey Park.

Through the month of December: A Holiday Dinner Theater Musical Christmas in Chocolatetown. (closed Christmas eve and Christmas Day)

First weekend: Christkindlmarkt: Christmas Arts & Crafts Fair and Festival 11 AM – 5 PM, Hershey Museum (Free with Museum admission) For more information, call (717)534-3439. The annual festival celebrates the holidays in the German tradition with weekend-long entertainment, craft vendors and craft demonstrations, a German food court, festival of trees, German singers and dancers and much more.

Saturday of 1st weekend: Belsnickle Day, 2 PM, Hershey Museum (Free with Museum admission) For more information, call (717)534-3439 This hilarious, not-quite-like Santa character is a staple of German holiday folklore. The presentation showcases a popular holiday tradition.

Second weekend: The Canadian Brass, 8 PM, Hershey Theatre. With their unbeatable blend of virtuosity, spontaneity and humor, the five virtuosi of The Canadian Brass play everything from Bach to Dixieland. For more information, call the Box Office at (717) 534-3405.

Weekend after Christmas: Annual Cinderella’s Storyland, 1:30 & 3 PM, Hershey Museum (Free with Museum admission) For more information, call (717)534-3439 Celebrated children’s entertainer Kit’s Kaboodle presents a unique variation of the childhood classic in a program that combines history, music, dance and improvisation with audience members cast into the show. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Annual: Mr. David Drawings and Songs, Hershey Museum (Free with Museum admission) For more information, call (717)534-3439 Variety and humor make David Perry a hit with all ages as he mixes music, art and popular songs with drawing games, clever characters, puppets and playful props.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

A- Overview:
The ten-block district known as the Golden Triangle, lies at the heart of downtown Pittsburgh at the confluence of the picturesque Monongahela, Allegheny and Ohio rivers. Once bitterly fought over as the gateway to the West, Pittsburgh today is one of America’s most attractive and most livable cities.

Each of Pittsburgh’s close-knit neighborhoods: the South Side and Mount Washington (across the Monongahela River from the Golden Triangle); the North Side, across the Allegheny River; and Oakland, the university area in the east, attests in its own way to the city’s history and its resurgence. Easily accessible to each other, they retain individual identities, and each adds a unique element to the whole.

Industry in Pittsburgh began with the development of iron foundries in the early 1800s, and by the time of the Civil War, Pittsburgh was producing half of the iron and one third of the glass in the US. Soon after, the city became the world’s leading producer of steel, thanks to the vigorous expansion programs of Andrew Carnegie, who, by 1870, was the richest man in the world. Present-day Pittsburgh is dotted with his cultural bequests, along with those of other wealthy benefactors who were Carnegie’s contemporaries. These include the Mellon bankers, the Frick coal merchants, and the Heinz food producers.

A face-lift in recent years has involved large-scale demolition of abandoned steel mills and freed up much of the downtown waterfront for development and the surrounding areas for gentrification and preservation of historical treasures. For shopping, fine dining and just enjoying the scenery, plan a visit to the Waterfront. Located along the Monongahela River, the Waterfront is now a 360-acre landmark retail development that offers 1.8 million square feet of entertainment, retail shops and much more, making it a must see during any stay.

The popular Andy Warhol Museum, which opened in 1994, bolstered Pittsburgh’s image as a destination city, and an enormous new Convention Center brings in major conferences. The city is easily accessible via numerous interstate highways.

During football season, Pittsburghers lovingly cheer on the hometown football team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. After the game, if someone offers to buy you an “iron”, it doesn’t mean your clothes are rumpled. The local brand of beer in Pittsburgh is Iron City, popularly known as Iron. There are many other interesting local expressions that have become part of Pittsburgh’s culture and history. For example, “city chicken” is not poultry but breaded pork and veal skewered and grilled. “Jumbo” does not refer to size but to bologna, and soft drinks are simply “pop.”

For a spectacular view of the city, take a ride on the Duquesne Incline. Visitors can admire the view from a century-old cable car traveling between West Carson Street and the many fine restaurants of Grandview Avenue. For a historical day trip, visit the Bushy Run Battlefield. It is Pennsylvania’s only recognized Native American battlefield.

A day at the Zoo and Aquarium is always fun for a change of pace. As home to more than 2,000 animals, including a variety of endangered species, it’s a perfect all day outing. Summer is a perfect time to visit nearby Kennywood Park for a fun filled day with the entire family. Kennywood is one of America’s finest traditional amusement parks.

History, attractions, fine dining, weather for all seasons; whatever the interest, the folks from the “burg” will warmly welcome you.

B- City Information:
Population: 350,363

Elevation: 1,223 feet above sea level

Location: Located in the Western portion of Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh is within 500 miles of more than half the U.S. population.

Land Area: 55.5 Square Miles

Time Zone: Eastern Time Zone (when it’s noon in Pittsburgh, it’s 11:00am in Chicago and 9:00am in Los Angeles)

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
28.4
30.5
39.7
49.9
59.8
68.4
73.1
71.6
64.5
53.0
42.9
33.3

High temperature (°F)
37.0
39.5
50.3
61.7
71.4
79.8
84.1
82.5
75.4
64.2
52.2
41.3

Low temperature (°F)
19.9
21.6
29.0
38.0
48.2
57.0
62.0
60.7
53.6
41.8
33.5
25.2

Precipitation (in)
2.6
2.4
3.3
3.1
3.9
3.9
4.0
3.6
3.4
2.4
3.2
2.8

Climate:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precip.
16
14
15
14
13
12
11
10
10
10
13
16

Wind speed (mph)
10.4
10.3
10.6
10.2
8.7
8.0
7.3
6.8
7.4
8.3
9.7
10.1

Morning humidity (%)
77
75
76
74
77
80
83
86
87
82
79
78

Afternoon humidity (%)
66
62
57
51
52
53
54
56
57
55
62
67

Sunshine (%)
32
36
43
46
50
55
57
56
55
51
36
28

Days clear of clouds
3
3
4
4
5
5
5
7
7
8
4
3

Partly cloudy days
6
6
7
8
9
12
13
12
10
9
6
6

Cloudy days
22
19
20
17
17
13
13
13
13
14
20
23

Snowfall (in)
11.8
8.9
8.5
1.7
0.1
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.4
3.5
8.1

Local Seasons:

From an average high temperature of 82.5 F in July to an average low temperature of 20.8 F in January, Pittsburgh has four very distinct seasons. There are activities taking place year round, with no season in particular known as the “busy season”. However, summer tends to have more leisure visitors due to both the excellent weather and to visitors passing through the city as part of a summer road trip. Fall can be spectacular with the changing of the seasons and the vibrant colors appearing. The same holds true for spring when the numerous blossoms appear, signaling the end of winter. Snow can be frequent and heavy during January through March but it also transforms the city into a postcard-like setting.

Getting There:

By Air

Pittsburgh International Airport

1000 Airport Boulevard

Pittsburgh, PA 15231

412-472-3500

Located 15 miles west of the city

The airport is served by many of the national airlines as well as certain regional carriers.

By Car

Major routes into the roads around the city are I-76 from the northwest (Cleveland) and east (Philadelphia), I-70 from the west (Columbus) and southeast (Washington, D.C.), and I-79 from the north (Erie, PA) and south (Charleston, WV).

By Train

Amtrak

1100 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

800-USA-RAIL

By Bus

Greyhound:

55 11th St
Pittsburgh PA 15222

412-392-6513

Getting Around Town

It is best to use either a personal or rental car to get around town. Other services available:

Yellow Cab

412-321-8100

Checker Cab

412-664-5600

Embassy Coach

412-672-4600

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day: Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day: 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President’s Day: 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day: last Mon. in May

Independence Day: July 4

Labor Day: 1st Mon. in Sept.

Thanksgiving Day: 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day: Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve: Dec. 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center
1212 Smallman St, Pittsburgh
412-454-6000
Hours: Open Daily 10am – 5pm
Admission charged.
This museum presents the history of western Pennsylvania. Visit the many changing exhibits as well as the three permanent exhibits. Points in Time, features life in Pittsburgh from 1750 to present time. Glass: Shattering Notions is an interactive story of glass in western Pennsylvania and the Prine Collection of Woodworking Planes – over 200 wooden planes used in Pittsburgh.

Carnegie Science Center
Allegheny Center, Pittsburgh
412-237-3400
Hours: Sunday – Friday 10am – 5pm; Saturday 10am – 9pm
Admission charged.
This centers features an Omnimax Theater, over 250 hands – on exhibits, a WWII submarine and the world’s only electronic exhibits theater.

Andy Warhol Museum
117 Sandusky St, Pittsburgh
412-237-8300
Hours: Sunday & Wednesday 11am – 6pm; Thursday – Saturday 11am – 8pm; closed Monday & Tuesday
Admission charged.
Visit the works of one of the most influential artists in 20th century U.S. history. This seven story building consists of more than 3000 forms of trans-media works of art. This is one museum that is not to be missed.

Gateway Clipper Fleet
9 Station Square Dock, Pittsburgh
412-355-7980
Hours: Depends on cruise
Admission: varies
A cruise? In Pittsburgh? You bet! Take your family on an adventure on the high seas. A favorite for everyone in the family.

Pittsburgh Children’s Museum
10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh
412-322-5058
Hours: Tuesday – Thursday & Saturday 10am – 5pm; Friday 10am – 8pm; Sunday 12pm – 5pm
Admission charged.
This is a hands-on museum that can entertain children of all ages for hours. If possible, plan a visit on a Tuesday, which is family day.

Pennsylvania Trolley Museum
1 Museum Way, Washington (30 minutes south of Pittsburgh)
877-Pa-Trolley
Hours: Closed January, February & March; April – December: weekends 11am – 5pm; Memorial Day – Labor Day: daily 11am – 5pm
Admission charged.
The clang of the trolley, the ding of the bell and a three mile trip in the past. When you’re finished your ride, take a tour of the museum. Your ticket is good for the entire day. Don’t let it go to waste!

The Jimmy Stewart Museum
9th & Philadelphia Sts, Indiana, PA
724-349-6112/800-83-JIMMY
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm; Sunday & Holidays 12pm – 5pm; closed Monday & Tuesdays during Januray, February & March
Admission charged.
A legend in his own right. Anyone who has ever seen a Jimmy Stewart film won’t want to miss this museum’s dipiction of his life and accomplishments. You’ll go back in time and may want to stay there.

Carnegie Museum of Natural History
4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh
412-622-3131
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm; Sunday 1pm – 5pm; open Mondays July 5 – August 3
Admission charged.
This is the place where you can dig for bones, go mining and see what our planet has to offer. One stop shopping for a fun and educational time.

Sandcastle Water Park
1000 Sandcastle Dr, Pittsburgh
412-462-6666
Hours: Beginning of June – Beginning of September Daily 11am – 6pm
Admission charged.
This park has water rides galore! A definate reason to visit Pittsburgh in the summer. Ride down 45′ from the Bermuda Triangle. Start at the top of Thunder Run and expierence a ride from 50′. And for all that are fearless, the Cliffhangers is calling your name. Be prepared to get wet and stay that way.

Kennywood
4800 Kennywood Blvd, West Mifflin, PA
412-461-0500
Hours: Daily May 12 – September 4 10:30am – 10pm
Admission charged.
This park will satisfy the needs of all family members. Roller coasters, water rides and special rides for the kiddies. Not just an amusement park, this is an historical landmark as well.

Idlewild Park
Rt. 30 E, Ligonier, PA
724-238-3666
Hours: Daily 10am – park closing announced daily(end of May – beginning of September)
Admission charged.
Perfect family setting! Beside the rides, you can visit Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, listen to a story at the Story Book Forest and if there’s still an ounce of energy left, tire the children out at the Jumpin’ Jungle.

The National Aviary
West Park, Pittsburgh
412-323-7235
Hours: Daily 9am – 5pm
Admission charged.
There are over 200 different species of birds to observe.

The Pittsburgh Zoo
One World Place, Pittsburgh
800-474-4966
Hours: Labor Day – Memorial Weekend 9am – 5pm;
Admission charged.
Take the children to the Kids Kingdom at the Pittsburgh Zoo and not only will they see animals, but they can get close to them at the Petting Zoo. . There is also a 42,000 sq. ft. aquarium.

Carnegie Museum of Art
4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh
412-622-3131
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm; Sunday 1pm – 5pm
Admission charged.
Located under the same roof as the Museum of Natural History, this museum features American & European art. You won’t make to miss the Hall of Architecture. You’ll see breathtaking recreations of architectural masterpieces from around the world.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Carnegie Science Center
Allegheny Center, Pittsburgh
412-237-3400
Hours: Sunday – Friday 10am – 5pm; Saturday 10am – 9pm
Admission charged.
This centers features an Omnimax Theater, over 250 hands – on exhibits, a WWII submarine and the world’s only electronic exhibits theater.

Gateway Clipper Fleet
9 Station Square Dock, Pittsburgh
412-355-7980
Hours: Depends on cruise
Admission: varies
A cruise? In Pittsburgh? You bet! Take your family on an adventure on the high seas. A favorite for everyone in the family.

Pittsburgh Children’s Museum
10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh
412-322-5058
Hours: Tuesday – Thursday & Saturday 10am – 5pm; Friday 10am – 8pm; Sunday 12pm – 5pm
Admission charged.
This is a hands-on museum that can entertain children of all ages for hours. If possible, plan a visit on a Tuesday, which is family day.

Pennsylvania Trolley Museum
1 Museum Way, Washington (30 minutes south of Pittsburgh)
877-Pa-Trolley
Hours: Closed January, February & March; April – December: weekends 11am – 5pm; Memorial Day – Labor Day: daily 11am – 5pm
Admission charged.
The clang of the trolley, the ding of the bell and a three mile trip in the past. When you’re finished your ride, take a tour of the museum. Your ticket is good for the entire day. Don’t let it go to waste!

Carnegie Museum of Natural History
4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh
412-622-3131
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm; Sunday 1pm – 5pm; open Mondays July 5 – August 3
Admission charged.
This is the place where you can dig for bones, go mining and see what our planet has to offer. One stop shopping for a fun and educational time.

Sandcastle Water Park
1000 Sandcastle Dr, Pittsburgh
412-462-6666
Hours: Beginning of June – Beginning of September Daily 11am – 6pm
Admission charged.
This park has water rides galore! A definate reason to visit Pittsburgh in the summer. Ride down 45′ from the Bermuda Triangle. Start at the top of Thunder Run and expierence a ride from 50′. And for all that are fearless, the Cliffhangers is calling your name. Be prepared to get wet and stay that way.

Kennywood
4800 Kennywood Blvd, West Mifflin, PA
412-461-0500
Hours: Daily May 12 – September 4 10:30am – 10pm
Admission charged.
This park will satisfy the needs of all family members. Roller coasters, water rides and special rides for the kiddies. Not just an amusement park, this is an historical landmark as well.

Idlewild Park
Rt. 30 E, Ligonier, PA
724-238-3666
Hours: Daily 10am – park closing announced daily(end of May – beginning of September)
Admission charged.
Perfect family setting! Beside the rides, you can visit Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, listen to a story at the Story Book Forest and if there’s still an ounce of energy left, tire the children out at the Jumpin’ Jungle.

The National Aviary
West Park, Pittsburgh
412-323-7235
Hours: Daily 9am – 5pm
Admission charged.
There are over 200 different species of birds to observe.

The Pittsburgh Zoo
One World Place, Pittsburgh
800-474-4966
Hours: Labor Day – Memorial Weekend 9am – 5pm;
Admission charged.
Take the children to the Kids Kingdom at the Pittsburgh Zoo and not only will they see animals, but they can get close to them at the Petting Zoo. . There is also a 42,000 sq. ft. aquarium.

Carnegie Museum of Art
4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh
412-622-3131
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm; Sunday 1pm – 5pm
Admission charged.
Located under the same roof as the Museum of Natural History, this museum features American & European art. You won’t make to miss the Hall of Architecture. You’ll see breathtaking recreations of architectural masterpieces from around the world.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events

May

Annual Greek Food Festival

419 South Dithridge St
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412-682-3866
Call for specific information concerning dates, hours and admission
One of the best food festivals in Pittsburgh featuring dolmades, spanokapita, tiropita, shish kebab, rice pilaf, and plenty of pastries for desert.

Pittsburgh Folk Festival

Chevrolet Amphitheatre

Station Square

Downtown Pittsburgh, PA

412-278-1267

Admission Free

Call for specific information concerning dates, hours and admission
The Folk Festival has been held in Pittsburgh for more than 40 years and features live music, ethnic food, dance and arts and crafts events.

June
Three Rivers Arts Festival

Point State Park

101 Commonwealth Pl
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

412-765-2102

Admission Free

Call for additional information

Experience the annual 17-day festival of the visual and performing arts in downtown Pittsburgh.

Wings Over Pittsburgh Air Show
Pittsburgh International Airport

1000 Airport Boulevard

Pittsburgh, PA 15231
412-474-8501

Admission Free

Call for specific information concerning dates and hours
The huge “Wings Over Pittsburgh” Air Show event allows the general public to observe the daily operations of the U.S. Military. Wings Over Pittsburgh features static displays, tactical demonstrations, numerous flybys of military aircraft, plus ground activities showcasing the military’s day-to-day operations.

July
Pittsburgh Blues Festival

The Pittsburgh Brewing Company

3340 Liberty Ave

Pittsburgh, PA 15201

412-460-2583

Call for additional information

Admission Charged
Live entertainment is performed on two stages during this lively three day festival. The event raises money for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta

Point State Park

Downtown Pittsburgh, PA
412-875-4841

Admission Free

Call for additional information

Along with Pittsburgh’s largest fireworks spectacular, families will enjoy live music, water activities, a large Children’s Village, great food and much more! The festival is named for the three rivers that border Point State Park; the Allegheny River, Ohio River and the Monongahela River.

Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
Schenley Park

Forbes Ave and Schenley Drive

Pittsburgh, PA
412-731-2878

Admission Charged

Call for additional information
Considered the premier Vintage Grand Prix event in the United States, the Grand Prix Race attracts Fans of all ages, who line the beautiful Schenley Park streets to cheer for their favorite Antique Autos.

September

Pittsburgh International Science & Technology Festival

Carnegie Science Center

One Allegheny Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
412-237-1552

Call for specific information concerning dates, hours and admission

The annual Pittsburgh International Science and Technology Festival (SciTech Festival) is a 9-day community event showcasing innovations in science and technology in the Pittsburgh region and beyond.

Pittsburgh Dragon Boat Festival

South Side Riverfront Park

Beneath the Birmingham Bridge on the Monongahela River

Pittsburgh, PA

412-231-8772

Admission Free

Call for additional information
The Pittsburgh Dragon Boat Festival features dragon boat races with teams from around the country participating. Also at the festival are Asian restaurants cooking their specialties, food from other Pittsburgh Sister Cities, Dragon and Lion Dance performers, Chinese opera, Tai Chi performers, martial arts demonstrations, artist drawings, children’s events, and much more.

October

Pittsburgh International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

Melwood Screening Room

Pittsburgh Filmmakers facility

477 Melwood Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA

412-232-3277

Admission Charged

Call for specific information concerning dates, hours and admission
The Pittsburgh International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival is one of the most respected and highly attended alternative film events and includes more than 40 films and videos exploring lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered themes. The festival also includes a kick-off party, an opening night gala and a wrap party.

Arts and Culture

Benedum Center for the Performing Arts
719 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

412-471-6070

Admission Charged

Call for additional information concerning scheduled performances, dates and hours

Pittsburgh’s magnificently restored 2,885-seat Benedum Center is home to opera, theater, dance, contemporary to classical music, and touring Broadway shows.

Byham Theater

101 Sixth St

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

412-456-1350

Admission Charged

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Originally built in 1903 as the Gayety Theater, the Byham Theater opened on Halloween night, 1904. It ran for many years as one of the country’s foremost stage and vaudeville houses, with appearances from such stars as Ethel Barrymore, Gertrude Lawrence and Helen Hayes.

An intimate 1,303-seat theater, the Byham is the only mid-sized performance hall Downtown.

City Theatre Company

1300 Bingham St

Pittsburgh, PA 15203

412-431-4000

Admission Charged

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City Theatre has been described as Pittsburgh’s most adventuresome theatre. It produces contemporary plays of substance and ideas that engage and challenge a diverse audience.

Pittsburgh Filmmakers
477 Melwood Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

412-681-5449

Admission Charged

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Pittsburgh Filmmakers presents a selection of independent American and foreign films and displays the work of many prominent photographers each year.

Pittsburgh Symphony
Pittsburgh Symphony Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

412-392-3320

Admission Charged

Call for specific information concerning performances, dates and hours

One of the world’s great orchestras makes its home in Pittsburgh’s premier theater, Pittsburgh Symphony Heinz Hall. Concerts and performances vary, but have included the Mellon Grand Classics Series, the music of Barbra Streisand performed by Julie Budd, the music of Irving Berlin and holiday classics.

Pittsburgh Symphony Heinz Hall

600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

412-392-4900

Admission Charged

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Heinz Hall, the cornerstone of the Downtown Cultural District, has been elegantly restored and is home to the world-renowned Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Sports

PNC Park is the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates. This 38,000-seat classic baseball park features a center field that opens to a dramatic view of the city skyline. A short distance along the riverfront is Heinz Field, where the Pittsburgh Steelers play. Pittsburgh Penguins ice hockey takes place Downtown at Mellon Arena.

Pittsburgh Penguins Hockey

Mellon Arena

66 Mario Lemieux Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
412-642-PENS

Pittsburgh Pirates

PNC Park at the North Shore
115 Federal Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
412-323-5000

Pittsburgh Steelers

Heinz Field

300 Stadium St
Pittsburgh, PA 15204

412-323-1200

Portland, Oregon

A- Overview:
Once known as America’s best kept secret, Portland is now one of the country’s hottest travel destinations. Money magazine recently ranked Portland #2 among Big Cities in which to live in the U.S., and its unique and thriving festivals, outdoors and dining scenes keep it consistently among the travel hotspots. Portland has the personality of a small community and the activities and vitality of a large city.

With moderate temperatures and varied and beautiful terrain, Portland is the quintessential outdoor city. The magnificent waterways overlook the Mount Hood glacier, a backdrop that sets the scene for a spectacular visit at any time of year. Forest Park offers 40 miles of wilderness trails, streams and woods within the city limits. Hiking, biking and exploring opportunities are always close at hand. Smith and Bybee Lakes display stunning wildlife and have great flatwater paddling in America’s largest protected wetland within a city. Just a short drive away, is magnificent Multnomah Falls, the nation’s second-highest year-round waterfall. For a mellower outdoors experience, visit one of the city’s stunning gardens: the Leach Botanical, Classical Chinese, Japanese, or Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens.

Chances are good that the city will be bustling with a festival when you arrive. Favorites include the Rose Festival in June, and The Bite of Oregon food and music fete in August.
The always popular Oregon Brewers Festival in July can be combined with a tour and sampling at one of the many excellent, local microbreweries. Tours of local vineyards and distilleries provide further tastings of family- produced, distinctive wines and brandies prepared by using the finest fruit and centuries-old methods.

Whether you travel around Portland by train, bike or on foot, a clear and unobstructed view is guaranteed. Building height restrictions prevent the beauty and majesty of Mount Hood from ever being blocked. Speaking of Mount Hood, with four ski resorts and North America’s longest ski season (including 90 summer days), this 11,235-foot peak is a mecca for skiers, ice climbers, snowboarders and hikers. The surrounding wilderness boasts spectacular trails for snowshoeing as well as cross-country skiing. All of this is just an hour’s drive from Portland’s city center. Long recognized as a fisherman’s haven, the Pacific Northwest is rich with steelhead, trout and sturgeon.

Portland’s history unfolds and the past comes alive as the carefully preserved landmark attractions are visited. Pittock Mansion reveals the day to day activities of the original Portlanders.

The Portland Art Museum showcases impressive touring exhibitions and permanent collections of American, European, Asian, Native American and contemporary art. View area history from an environmental point of view at the Hoyt Arboretum, where trees and plants are protected and nourished for the enjoyment of future generations. For families, there is also the Portland Zoo, the Children’s Museum, and the Museum of Science and Industry.

For a change of pace, be sure to visit the numerous gourmet coffee shops, Powell’s City of Books with more than a million volumes, the Brew ‘N View Movie Theaters where comfortable couches, pizza, and beer accompany the movies, the local gardens and galleries: all of which made Portland famous.

Finally, don’t leave Portland without sampling some fine local fare. The region’s renowned seafood, berries, pears, cherries, hazelnuts, wild game and vegetables of all kinds inspired noted chef and Portland native, James Beard. This in turn laid the foundation for his lifelong dedication to fine cooking, simple menus and fresh ingredients. The tradition continues, and Portland is known for its superb cuisine and exceptional dining.

Culture and art; the Trailblazers and the Hawks; Mount Hood with its tempting menu of year round outdoor activities; fine wines, beers, and restaurants; farmers markets and excellent shopping: these are just a few of the many reasons to visit and enjoy Portland, Oregon.

B- City Information:
Population: 529,121

Elevation: 50 feet above sea level

Land Area: 134.3 square miles

Location: Located in the northwest section of Oregon, very near the Canadian border, at the intersection of Interstate Highway 5 from the north and south and Interstate 84 from the east.

Time Zone: Pacific Time Zone (when it’s noon in Portland, it’s 2pm in Chicago and 3pm in New York City. Portland observes Daylight Savings Time from April – October

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
40.7
43.9
47.8
51.8
57.5
62.7
67.9
68.3
64.0
55.1
46.3
41.0

High temperature (°F)
45.5
50.1
55.5
60.7
66.9
72.5
78.9
79.2
74.3
63.1
51.5
45.5

Low temperature (°F)
35.8
37.6
40.0
42.9
48.1
52.8
57.0
57.4
53.7
47.0
41.0
36.5

Precipitation (in)
5.9
4.8
4.3
3.0
2.5
1.6
0.8
1.0
1.8
3.3
6.2
6.5

Climate:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precipitation
18
16
17
15
12
9
4
5
7
12
18
19

Wind speed (mph)
9.9
9.3
8.3
7.4
7.1
7.2
7.6
7.1
6.5
6.5
8.6
9.6

Morning humidity (%)
85
85
85
86
85
83
82
83
86
90
88
86

Afternoon humidity (%)
76
67
60
55
53
49
45
45
48
62
74
78

Sunshine (%)
28
38
48
52
57
56
69
66
62
44
28
23

Days clear of clouds
3
3
3
3
5
6
13
11
10
5
3
2

Partly cloudy days
4
4
5
6
7
8
8
10
8
8
4
3

Cloudy days
24
21
23
21
19
16
10
10
12
18
23
26

Snowfall (in)
3.2
1.1
0.4
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.4
1.4

Local Seasons:

Summer is by far the busiest season in Portland. Beginning in early June with the annual Portland Rose Festival, visitors flock to this beautiful city to experience its beauty and tranquility. With the high temperatures near 80 F in the summer and the nights in the mid – high 60’s, it’s the perfect time to experience many of the outdoor activities available. It is also the time of year with the most sunshine and the longest days. Spring and fall showcase the vast number of beautiful neighborhoods and parks. With the changing of the seasons, both in the spring and in the fall, the area comes alive with a host of breathtaking colors. Winters are chilly but not cold with the low temperatures still approaching the mid 30’s F.

How to Get There:

By Air

Portland International Airport

7000 NE Airport Way

Portland, OR 97218

503-944-7000

The airport, located 10 miles east of downtown Portland is served by many of the recognized national and international airlines as well as certain local and regional carriers.

Ground Transportation

Most of the major car rental companies as well as taxi and limousine service is available both at the airport as well as throughout the city.

By Car

The major routes to the city are Interstate 5 from the north and south, and Interstate 84 from the east. I-405 arcs around the west and south of downtown; I-205 bypasses Portland to the east; and U.S. 26 runs west to the Pacific coast.

By Train

Amtrak

800 NW Sixth Ave.
Union Station
Portland, OR 97209

800-USA-RAIL

By Bus

Greyhound

550 NW 6TH Ave.
Portland OR 97209

503-243-2310

How to Get Around:

Both walking and public transportation are easy ways to get around this visitor friendly city. Tri-Met public buses, the MAX (Metropolitan Area Express) light rail system, and the Portland Streetcar are all free within Fareless Square, the area between I-405 on the south and west, Hoyt Street on the north, and the Lloyd Center area, which is also where the convention center is located.

For schedules and further information call: 503-238-7433.

For all activities outside the city, a personal or rental car is recommended.

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day, Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President’s Day, 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day, last Mon. in May

Independence Day, July 4

Labor Day, 1st Mon. in Sept.

Thanksgiving Day, 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
American Advertising Museum
5035 SE 24th Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
503-226-0000
See how advertising evolved over the years of America’s history. From the 1700’s when The Boston News Letter carried one of the first advertisements for a buyer from Long Island to the 1984 Nike ad for the Los Angeles Summer Olympics, visitors can explore the magic of advertising and how it has influenced you and your family.

Cascade Sternwheelers
1200 NW Naito Parkway
Suite 110
Portland, OR 97209
503-223-3928
Come feel history as you explore the rivers around Portland. Follow a part of the trail blazed by Lewis and Clark in 1703. Enjoy brunch or dinner as you take in this two-hour tour of the magnificent views of Portland.

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden
SE 28th Ave. and Woodstock St.
Portland, OR 97202
503-777-1734
If you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, the Garden is a perfect solution to get back to nature. The many varieties of rhododendrons and azaleas create a perfect atmosphere for relaxing and tranquility.

The Grotto
Sandy Blvd. at NE 85th Ave.
Portland, OR 97294
503-254-7371
Set on 62 beautifully maintained acres in the heart of Portland, The Grotto is a prestigious Catholic sanctuary that opens its arms to all faiths and beliefs. Tour the lovely grounds and drop inside to visit the chapel and gift shop. For a small fee, visitors may access the upper level to get an extraordinary view of Mount St. Helens and other highlights.

Hoyt Arboretum
4000 SW Fairview Blvd.
Portland, OR 97221
503-228-8733
Get back to nature at the Hoyt Arboretum with ten miles of trails filled with numerous varieties of plants, trees and shrubs from 6 different continents. It’s a great midtown getaway for residents and visitors alike.

Oaks Amusement Park
East End of the Sellwood Bridge
Portland, OR 97202
503-236-5722
The park is home to the world famous 1924 Herschell-Spillman Carousel, known as Noah’s Ark because it features two of each animal. Still in operation today, the Carousel is a crowd pleaser to all. A childrens’ park, Acorn Acres, includes a family roller coaster and bumper cars. With a skating rink in the lobby, this is a great place for the family to have some fun!

Oregon History Center
1200 SW Park Ave.
Portland, OR 97205
503-222-1741
Explore the artifacts from Oregon’s past, from 1859 to the present. Research the past in the numerous works on Oregon’s history; look through the many maps available to see how the region had changed with exploration; see the pictures of the pioneers of the land and how the times have changed the original area; and listen to the voices of those who have made Oregon their home. br>
Oregon Maritime Center and Museum
113 SW Front Ave.
Portland, OR 97204
503-224-7724
Ship lovers will delight in the merchant ships, military vessels, and riverboat models. Imagine the place come alive as the sounds of cranes and men take visitors back to when the river was Portland’s main mode of transportation.

OMSI- Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
4015 SW Canyon Road
Portland, OR 97221
503-222-2828
A look at the list of attractions will give you a feel for the amazing things that are going on. OMSI features are labs ranging in physics, earth science, lasers and holograms, and computers (these are just a few). Be sure to visit Busytown where children experience their “own size” construction site, power plant, grocery and shipyard.

Oregon Zoo
4001 SW Canyon Rd.
Portland, OR 97221
503-226-7627
From bats to zebras and everything in between, it’s all here at the Oregon Zoo. Check out the many exhibits that are featured including the Rain Forest, the Alaska Tundra, and the kids-only section at “ZooFun Safari”.

Pittock Mansion
3229 NW Pittock Dr.
Portland, OR 97210
503-823-3624
This elegant home nestled in the heart of Portland was once home to Henry and Georgiana Pittock. Completed in 1918, nothing was spared in the construction. The mansion includes everything from a central vacuum to an intercom center. It’s a wonderful way to experience the history of one of the first families of Portland.

Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Ave.
Portland, OR 97205
503-226-2811
Opened in 1892, the art museum was created for all citizens in the Portland area to enjoy. Permanent galleries include work from the Americas, Europe and Asia. Past exhibits have presented Native American Indians, regional artists, and the Stroganoff family of Russia.

Portland Children’s Museum
3037 SW 2nd Ave.
Portland, OR 97201
503-823-2227
Specifically designed for children under 10, this attraction is a child’s sanctuary. The “Under Construction” exhibit allows children to pretend that they are architects and construction workers. Other exhibits include a babies-only room and a shopping area for older children to make them feel more grown up.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
American Advertising Museum
5035 SE 24th Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
503-226-0000
See how advertising evolved over the years of America’s history. From the 1700’s when The Boston News Letter carried one of the first advertisements for a buyer from Long Island to the 1984 Nike ad for the Los Angeles Summer Olympics, visitors can explore the magic of advertising and how it has influenced you and your family.

Cascade Sternwheelers
1200 NW Naito Parkway
Suite 110
Portland, OR 97209
503-223-3928
Come feel history as you explore the rivers around Portland. Follow a part of the trail blazed by Lewis and Clark in 1703. Enjoy brunch or dinner as you take in this two-hour tour of the magnificent views of Portland.

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden
SE 28th Ave. and Woodstock St.
Portland, OR 97202
503-777-1734
If you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, the Garden is a perfect solution to get back to nature. The many varieties of rhododendrons and azaleas create a perfect atmosphere for relaxing and tranquility.

The Grotto
Sandy Blvd. at NE 85th Ave.
Portland, OR 97294
503-254-7371
Set on 62 beautifully maintained acres in the heart of Portland, The Grotto is a prestigious Catholic sanctuary that opens its arms to all faiths and beliefs. Tour the lovely grounds and drop inside to visit the chapel and gift shop. For a small fee, visitors may access the upper level to get an extraordinary view of Mount St. Helens and other highlights.

Hoyt Arboretum
4000 SW Fairview Blvd.
Portland, OR 97221
503-228-8733
Get back to nature at the Hoyt Arboretum with ten miles of trails filled with numerous varieties of plants, trees and shrubs from 6 different continents. It’s a great midtown getaway for residents and visitors alike.

Oaks Amusement Park
East End of the Sellwood Bridge
Portland, OR 97202
503-236-5722
The park is home to the world famous 1924 Herschell-Spillman Carousel, known as Noah’s Ark because it features two of each animal. Still in operation today, the Carousel is a crowd pleaser to all. A childrens’ park, Acorn Acres, includes a family roller coaster and bumper cars. With a skating rink in the lobby, this is a great place for the family to have some fun!

Oregon History Center
1200 SW Park Ave.
Portland, OR 97205
503-222-1741
Explore the artifacts from Oregon’s past, from 1859 to the present. Research the past in the numerous works on Oregon’s history; look through the many maps available to see how the region had changed with exploration; see the pictures of the pioneers of the land and how the times have changed the original area; and listen to the voices of those who have made Oregon their home.

Oregon Maritime Center and Museum
113 SW Front Ave.
Portland, OR 97204
503-224-7724
Ship lovers will delight in the merchant ships, military vessels, and riverboat models. Imagine the place coming alive as the sounds of cranes and men take visitors back to when the river was Portland’s main mode of transportation.

OMSI- Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
4015 SW Canyon Road
Portland, OR 97221
503-222-2828
A look at the list of attractions will give you a feel for all the amazing things that are going on. OMSI features are labs ranging in physics, earth science, lasers and holograms, and computers (these are just a few). Be sure to visit Busytown where children experience their “own size” construction site, power plant, grocery and shipyard.

Oregon Zoo
4001 SW Canyon Rd.
Portland, OR 97221
503-226-7627
From bats to zebras and everything in between, it’s all here at the Oregon Zoo. Check out the many exhibits that are featured including the Rain Forest, the Alaska Tundra, and the kids-only section at “ZooFun Safari”.

Pittock Mansion
3229 NW Pittock Dr.
Portland, OR 97210
503-823-3624
This elegant home nestled in the heart of Portland was once home to Henry and Georgiana Pittock. Completed in 1918, nothing was spared in the construction. The mansion includes everything from a central vacuum to an intercom center. It’s a wonderful way to experience the history of one of the first families of Portland.

Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Ave.
Portland, OR 97205
503-226-2811
Opened in 1892, the art museum was created for all citizens in the Portland area to enjoy. Permanent galleries include work from the Americas, Europe and Asia. Past exhibits have presented Native American Indians, regional artists, and the Stroganoff family of Russia.

Portland Children’s Museum
3037 SW 2nd Ave.
Portland, OR 97201
503-823-2227
Specifically designed for kids under 10, this attraction is a child’s sanctuary. The “Under Construction” exhibit allows children to pretend that they are architects and construction workers. Other exhibits include a babies-only room and a shopping area for older children to make them feel more grown up.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events & Entertainment

January

Chinese New Year Celebration

Held in late January – early February

Location: Classical Chinese Garden

503-228-8131

In keeping with over 4,000 years of Chinese tradition, the Portland Classical Chinese Garden welcomes the New Year with an exuberant and colorful celebration. For two weeks, the Garden showcases a number of activities for the whole family which include: lion dances, knot tying and paper cutting crafts, storytelling, martial arts demonstrations, and an art exhibit featuring David Lee. The Garden’s Annual Chinese New Year Plant Sale, its largest plant sale of the year, delights the senses with fragrant orchids, citrus, witch hazel, quince, Chinese paper-bush and more.

March

Spring Beer & Wine Fest

Held in late March

Location: Oregon Convention Center

503-238-3770

Annual Spring Beer & Wine Fest is one of the nation’s largest “spring-time” alcoholic events held annually at Easter time and encourages responsible drinking.

St. Patrick’s Irish Festival

Held in mid March

Location: Kells Irish Pub

503-227-4057

Kells is host to the annual Portland St. Patrick’s Irish Festival, one of the largest on the west coast; a live music filled event for the entire family.

June

Portland Arts Festival

Held in mid June

Location: South Park Blocks

503-227-2681

The Portland Arts Festival is one of the region’s largest and most significant visual arts events.

July

Oregon Brewers Festival

Held in late July

Location: Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park

503-778-5917

The Oregon Brewers Festival features handcrafted beers from 72 of the top craft breweries from around the country. The festival is considered one of the finest craft beer festivals in the nation. Joining the breweries are industry exhibits, vendors, restaurants and live entertainment.

Waterfront Blues Festival

Held in early July

Location: Tom McCall Waterfront Park

503-973-3378

One of the largest blues festival in the U.S., the Annual Waterfront Blues Festival features four days and nights of top name blues acts, workshops, food vendors and more.

August

Homowo Festival of African Arts

Held in early August

Location: South Park Blocks

503-288-3025
The annual Homowo Festival of African Arts is a two-day community-wide event featuring jubilant African music and dance performances, food, arts and crafts, storytelling and more.

Annual Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days

Held in late August

Location: Mount Hood Village

503-622-4798

This festival has something for everyone: live music, Native American storytelling, singing, drumming and dancing; salmon bake and many food offerings, all featuring huckleberries. The carpool tour of the Barlow Trail, which became the first toll road over the Cascade Mountain Range, views remnants of the historic wilderness path including ruts and swales of the long gone Prairie Schooners and struggles of the Eden-seeking emigrants.

Annual Festa Italiana

Held in late August

Location: Pioneer Courthouse Square

503-644-5041

An international array of entertainers provides singing, folk dancing, strolling musicians and puppet shows. The festival is complete with authentic Italian food, wine and beer; raffles, kid’s events and merchandise.

Oregon International Air Show

Held in mid August

Location: Hillsboro Airport

503-629-0706

The annual Air show features the nationally renowned U.S. Navy Blue Angels jet team including death defying aerial acts, military fly-bys, historic aircraft, static displays and a spectacular evening of pyrotechnics and fireworks.

September

Cascade AIDS Walk

Held in late September

Location: Pioneer Courthouse Square

503-223-WALK

Annual AIDS walk with family, friends, and co-workers. Thousands of walkers raise urgently needed funds, honor friends and loved-ones lost to AIDS or living with HIV/AIDS and send the message that the crisis is not over and together the course of the pandemic can be changed.

Annual Oregon Polish Festival

Held in late September

Location: St. Stanislaus Polish Catholic Church

503-286-3776

This ethnic celebration is one of the largest Polish festivals in the Western US. Included in the festival are rich, homemade, cream-cheese filled pierogies Polish entrees, soups, pastries and of course kielbasa sausages. The last day concludes with a “Let’s Gdansk” street dance.

PICA Time Based Art Festival

Held in mid September

Location: Portland Institute for Contemporary Art

503-242-1419

PICA’s annual Time-Based Art Festival brings artists and audiences from around the world to Portland’s urban core for 10 days of performance, lectures, workshops, parties and happenings.

October

El Dia de Los Muertos Festival

Held in mid October – mid November

Location: Miracle Theatre, Portland

503-236-7253

Every year, the dead are commemorated in a lively show of dance, music and theatre in Portland’s only annual Day of the Dead Celebration. Join everyone for an extraordinary bilingual journey through the traditions of this colorful Mexican festival.

November

Annual Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Festival

Held in mid November

Location: The Heathman Restaurant

503-292-6871

The French American Chamber of Commerce announces the annual event. The event celebrates the arrival of the first, fresh “new wine vintage” – the famous Beaujolais Nouveau of the Beaujolais region of France, whose ceremonial uncorking announces the end of the harvest season in the countryside and in the cafes of France.

Tiny Treasures

Held in early – late November

Location: Yoshida’s Fine Art Gallery

503-223-9463

In keeping with the spirit of Christmas by providing exquisite, one-of-a-kind creations; Yoshida’s Gallery presents their annual miniature show with work represented by some of the gallery’s top-selling artists.

Meier & Frank Holiday Parade

Held in late November

Location: Downtown Portland

503-241-3900

Kick off the holiday season with this annual event for the whole family.

Christmas Festival of Lights at the Grotto

Held in late November – late December

Location: The Grotto

503-261-2400

Welcoming visitors annually, this ecumenical lighting and music festival is quite possibly the largest Christmas choral festival of its kind in the world. The Festival features 140 holiday music concerts performed in The Grotto’s 600-seat chapel with over 5,000 singers and musicians giving their gift of music during the annual celebration.

December

Annual Holiday Box

Held in early – late December

Location: Portland Window Project

A changing display of desirable art by gallery artists fills the PDX Window Project; the selection rotates frequently.

Handel’s Messiah

Held in mid December

Location: First Baptist Flanagan

503-222-6000

Portland Baroque Orchestra brings audiences home for the holidays with its annual performances of Handel’s enduring Messiah.

Christmas Festival of Lights at the Grotto

Held in late November – late December

Location: The Grotto

503-261-2400

Welcoming visitors annually, this ecumenical lighting and music festival is quite possibly the largest Christmas choral festival of its kind in the world. The Festival features 140 holiday music concerts performed in The Grotto’s 600-seat chapel with over 5,000 singers and musicians giving their gift of music during the annual celebration.

Entertainment:

Artists Repertory Theatre

1516 S.W. Alder St.
Portland, OR 97205

503-241-1278

Call for performance schedule

BodyVox Contemporary Dance Company

1300 N.W. Northrup St.
Portland, OR 97209

503-229-0627

Call for performance schedule

Beyond poetry in motion, BodyVox is freewheeling imagination unbound. A fresh, lively blend of bold athleticism and creative choreography.

Chamber Music Northwest

522 S.W. Fifth Ave.,
Portland, OR 97204

503-223-3202

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Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center

5340 N. Interstate Ave.
Portland, OR 97217

503-823-4322

Call for performance schedule

The Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, a community-based arts center, is committed to creating an environment in which people of every ethnic/cultural background come together as artists and audience to explore, preserve and celebrate their diversity.

Lakewood Center for the Arts

368 S. State St.
Lake Oswego, OR 97034

503-635-6338

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Miracle Theatre Group

425 S.E. Sixth Ave.
Portland, OR 97214

503-236-7253

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Miracle produces a broad array of programming that includes public performances as well as specialized touring and education projects that currently encompass all of the Western states.

Oregon Ballet Theatre

818 S.E. Sixth Ave.
Portland, OR 97214

503-227-0977

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Oregon Symphony

921 S.W. Washington St.
Portland, OR 97205

503-228-4294

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Portland Baroque Orchestra

1020 S.W. Taylor
Suite 275
Portland, OR 97205

503-222-6000

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Portland Center for the Performing Arts

1111 S.W. Broadway
Portland, OR 97205-2999

503-274-6557

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Portland Opera

211 S.E. Caruthers
Portland, OR 97214

503-241-1407

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Portland Symphonic Choir

921 S.W. Morrison
Portland, OR 97205

503-223-1217

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Sports:

Portland Trailblazers

Profession NBA Basketball

Games played at the Rose Garden

503-224-4400

Season runs October – April

Portland Rockies

Minor league baseball

Games played at the Civic Stadium

503-223-2837

Season runs April – October

Portland Fire

WNBA Basketball

Games played at the Rose Garden

503-797-9601
Call for schedule and additional information