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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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  • My first experience with the zoo was in 1962, the year I graduated from a Portland high school. Over the years, it has grown to be an established part of the Portland experience. It seems like every t...  more »
  • Love to visit our area Zoo at least once a year with the grand kids and family. Always taken in by how close you can view all the animals in their habitats. Always clean and well cared for grounds wit...  more »
  • A wonderful outdoor activity. You can visit the zoo easily from downtown Portland by hopping on the MAX train and getting off at the Washington Park Station. It's on the Red line. You can also visit t...  more »
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  • The Oregon Zoo is amazing. I recommend going I absolutely love how it's looking with all its updates. The experience is different every time. Being a Zoo member has its perks. If your looking for something to do with the family or your friends I recommend coming out to the Oregon Zoo. I only wish the train ride was longer and went around the whole zoo.
  • A great place to go, especially if you're willing to take the time to actually appreciate the exhibits. I watch so many people race by exhibits on their way to the next one. Slow down, read the signs, enjoy the sounds of waterfalls, watch the animals for more than fifteen seconds and the Oregon Zoo becomes something more than a small zoo in the middle of a very big park.
  • I have been to the San Francisco, and Sacramento Zoo, but the Oregon Zoo is still my favorite by far. I am happy to call myself a member! The animals are healthy and lively and the staff is happy to answer questions. The elephant area is huge. Recommend packing a lunch and sitting on the nice grass lawn.
  • We love the zoo and the memberships really help when you have young children. I would recommend anyone with children 4 and under that live in the city to get a zoo membership! It's nice to be able to go whenever you want and not worry about admission.
  • Even as an adult, I love going to this zoo! Their environmental awareness is great and the educational information is on point. If you plan on buying anything, food wise, be aware that it will be priced higher than outside the zoo, but the food is actually good, (it's fast food style, don't expect a 5 star restaurant). If you have kids and live in the area, their member passes are VERY worth it. Going when it's a little cooler and overcast means less crowds and more active animals. Zoo lights during the winter/holiday season is good for kids or a date night. Be aware that it gets crowded and the lines can be long at this time. I have a close friend that volunteered here a few years ago and they said it was their favorite volunteer experience. All in all, this is a really great place to go for people of all ages!