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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 online itinerary creator, Portland attractions like Oregon Zoo can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The Oregon Zoo in itself is worth a trip to Portland. Love this place. There are so many different animals. I would suggest going in the spring/summer when more of the animals are out. Gift shop is ex...  more »
  • Beautiful night, clear and cold. Very crowded, but expected. Enjoyed the lights but would like to see more lights.  more »
  • The zoo is fun any time of year. It is less crowded on rainy weekday days, so that is sometimes the best time to go. Zoolights are great, but the parking lot fills up quickly. Go around 3:30-4:00 to g...  more »
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  • I've been to plenty of zoos and so far this one was the most beautiful and well maintained. The animals had large, clean enclosures, but they were still easy to spot and watch from a distance. Animals were also extremely active and eager to explore. There was a lot of great information about each animal as well. The staff were friendly and happy to explain specific animals and very helpful. The entire zoo is green with plenty of shade, food, and things to buy. The Oregon Zoo is a great place to take children. Overall a wonderful place to explore!
  • My family loves this zoo! The grounds are beautiful! Also, the animals look happy and well taken care of. The admissions price is very reasonable. Even on a busy Saturday, we were able to see all of the animals. I would highly recommend to anyone! One drawback is that parking can be limited during busy times. However, the zoo offers shuttles so you do not have to walk too far.
  • Great place around Christmas time. They decorate the zoo with tons of Christmas lights. I have ridden the little train they have in the zoo before during zoo lights, which is a must during this event but this year it was way to crowded. After waiting in line for 15 minutes to purchase tickets it would be another 1 hour and 45 minutes before we would get our turn to get in line. Then more waiting in line to get on the train. The cost for the train and the amount of time was a bit much for my girlfriend and I. Other than that the zoo looked great during zoo lights at night. One thing to note not all exhibits are open and most animals are asleep during the zoo lights event. So arrive early to get your ticket for the train and while you wait for your turn to get in line check out the animals before they venture in to sleep. Dress warm it can be cold walking around outside for hours.
  • Great zoo! Can spend a few hours or a whole day. They have recently renovated large parts of the zoo. The New exhibits are awesome. Great spaces for the animals and really well set up for educational opportunities. Keepers and staff I have interacted with have been friendly and knowledgeable.
  • The Oregon Zoo is a wonderful zoo. I received a membership as a gift. It can get pricey real quick though. $6+ for parking, $3 for a cheap drink of anything, $4-8 for something simple to eat, and countless other costs here and there. But it's beautiful. I felt the train during zoolights was not worth the money. The path is much prettier but gets crowded quickly. Their new education center is a treat the whole family enjoyed.

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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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