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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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  • Our family visit was a waste of time and money. Just few animals compare to what we saw few years ago. Even less visitors. That was probably a reason we were denied few attractions. Train trip was....  more »
  • Great experience. Zoo is well maintained. Good for about 4 hours if you are without children. Restaurant was closed- maybe due to COVID.  more »
  • Great zoo for the children. The animals were out today so that was plus. It does have a lot of child friendly activities. I am sure there would have been more interactions with staff and displays.....  more »
  • This is one of the best zoos I have been to. I was hesitant because the pictures and size don't do it justice. It's a large zoo with a good variety of animals that all seem active. The best part is the design of the habitats, it makes every section amazing and conducive to watching the animals. I spent all day here and still felt like I needed more time. This zoo is amazing.
  • Lots of beautiful animals in well-kept enclosures. It's currently under construction but it has good traffic flow. They've added clever posters describing the construction vehicles in animal terms. The elephant area is my favorite part. The elephants have a large area that includes inside and outside places to go. They also have a pool and we got to see them go diving for food!
  • The zoo is a ton on fun to visit. I have been many times. In the winter during the Christmas season they have a nice light show all around the zoo. And during the summer they host concerts. I got to see Chicago preform right next to the elephant enclosure. The zoo is great if you have kids or just want to have some fun.
  • We love coming to the zoo. Don't get discouraged if all the exhibits aren't available when you go. Just check ahead of time. Remember the animals need a break too! And if you're going with your kids, know that they likely won't care and will enjoy what's available. We went and had to use over flow parking but my son enjoyed the bus ride so it wasn't too bad. It's so fun to go. Went with grandpa this time and we packed a picnic - which I highly suggest as the food can be pricey. Try the petting zoo if it's not too crowded. Otherwise I'll pay $6 to get a train ride AND a carousel ride. Pretty smoking deal for the little ones.
  • We had a very fun time at the zoo. The staff were friendly. They had numerous activities and teaching demos throughout the park. Our favorite was the bird flights at the amphitheatre and the elephant pool party! Did you know elephants will dive underwater? Neither did I! How cool!

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