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Oregon Zoo, Portland

(4.1/5 based on 1,700+ reviews on the web)
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 most recent trip to the Oregon Zoo was with a group of third graders for a ZooSnooze, which is an overnight stay and private tour of the zoo for large groups. However, I have made time to visit wit...  more »
  • We went there for the Zoo Lights over the holiday period. A great visit for all ages, we truly enjoyed, even in the cold. Another "event" to check out are the Zoo Concerts in the summer--a definite mu...  more »
  • The Oregon Zoo boasts a variety of your favorite animals in habitat like environments. Elephants, giraffes, polar bears and primates are amazing to watch. Visit during the week in the summer to avoid ...  more »
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  • Beautiful setting that provides large enclosures for all of its animals and still makes the distances walkable. Fun and educational. Dedicated to the well being of the animals and involved in conservation research. There is a train, a carousel, a picnic area, and play spaces making it very family-friendly. Ample parking at the gate an excellent access to public transportation.
  • A really very beautiful layout with a wide variety of animals. They got another polar bear, so when we went the exhibit was closed to acclimate it to the remaining one - we'll go back just to see them. There was construction on a new bug house, but even that wasn't loud or detracted from the experience. Interesting and informative plaques strewn about with lots of animal feedings and shows you can watch on any given day. Cheaper right now in the off season (and less crowded), though be prepare for some exhibits to appear empty because the animals are hiding out. Food is spendy, as is typical for zoos, but there's also a small selection of beer and wine. Overall, had a great time! Would visit again!
  • I really enjoy taking my family to this zoo but both times we have gone it had been under construction. The first time we went the train wasn't running at all and this time you paid $4 to have it drive in a little loop because there was a problem with the regular track that they didn't know when would be resolved. Also sections and buildings in the walk through were closed for construction. Looking past these issues it is a beautiful zoo with a lot of fun and educational exhibits and I would recommend going if you can. There is a lot of walking involved and you should plan on spending the entire day there if you want to see everything.
  • It is a perfect place to go with Kids and those who interested in Animal life....I have seen such a big Zoo first time. It is accessible for Physical Disabled person.Rest rooms are clean.Train is also there inside. local Max train and max buses are available to reach there.
  • I like this zoo expecially after the remodel. My concerns are with some of the zoo staff, last time I was there they had a crew putting up Christmas lights and driving large heavy equipment lifts in crowds of kids. Also leaving the Africa section workers had cones up so they could continue to put Christmas lights up but the cones were so close to the fence people had to walk in a single file line and if you had a stroller like I did and many people did it was very inconvenient. I addressed a worker and asked why they would do such a dumb thing and he acted dumb him self and replied with I don't know. Other than that experience the zoo remodel looks great and the new elephant exhibit is cool.