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Oregon Zoo, Portland

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Oregon Zoo is possibly the most popular tourist attraction in Portland, hosting well over a million visitors each year. Inside Washington Park, discover animal exhibits and large plant collections at this zoo, which has been operating since 1888. Explore wildlife, enjoy concerts, or stop by for seasonal events. No matter the time of year, the zoo is committed to conservation and has species survival plans for a number of endangered animals. Take the railway from the zoo to reach the park's International Rose Test Garden. Using our world travel planner, Portland attractions like Oregon Zoo can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Today to Oregon Zoo. The zoo is easily accessible by metro. You also get discounted admission if you by public transport. The Zoo is nicely set up, informative and the animals are good. Fun day.
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  • Great place. Beautiful animals and good time to chill. Place is well maintained. Always a little sad to see these animal captive but you can tell they do their best to Keep them somehow happy. Worth a...  more »
  • Wonderful year around for families/kids/adults. Love to feed the birds in the morning. Various eating areas open. Concerts in summer found on the web. Love our zoo!  more »
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  • Really nice zoo! Lots to see. Too crowded most times though. I know it's not the fault of the zoo that they get lots of visitors. It really effects the experience when you're crowded on the pathways and constantly being bumped and cut in front of. I strongly suggest going anyways. Just be prepared for lots of people. The elephant and hippos are my favorite!
  • Love Portland zoo. Exhibits are really nice. There are lots of indoor places to visit and the landscaping is beautiful. Shops offer really great options. Food is a little pricy but good. If you are in the area this zoo is worth going to!
  • This zoo obviously cares about the animals. Great paths and multiple view points for most animals. Frequent food and beverage stops. Bathrooms after well placed and ask have changing tables. New engagement center is great!
  • It is nice considering it is a smaller zoo than a lot of them in the U.S. A lot more food venues than the last time I went there. By the prices they all charge they are making a lot of money from food revenue. Take food in with you. Otherwise it can be an expensive day. Lastly, the zoo train..... The old route took you out by the Rose Garden, was a beautiful trip through the woods and you could get off at the Rose Garden, go see the flowers and then catch any later train back to the zoo. Now they have this 6 minute trip that is pathetic. When I asked about the old train trip, they said it needed some repairs and had been out of commission for 2 years and there was no time table when it would be be repaired. Totally dissapointed that they can't get something fixed that needs to be fixed to bring back the zoo train nostalgia that we all loved. $4.00 for a 6 minute ride. Seriously? Next time, I will bring in my own food, skip the train and enjoy the animals.
  • Awesome place! I loved the insect zoo and their reptilians were great. Only disappointment was the Rock Python wasn't on display. 😕 Hopefully next time it will be overall a great place. A must try is the marionberry soft serve near the carousel.

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For easy foot access to Portland's best shopping, dining, and entertainment, stay in or around the downtown area, connected to the rest of the city by light rail. This compact and busy part of Portland contains the highest concentration of hotel rooms in the city, allowing you to explore options ranging from boutique properties to big chains. Thanks to Portland's convenient transportation system, you can also choose a less expensive motel or bed and breakfast in one of the outlying neighborhoods, and still be within minutes of most major tourist attractions.
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