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Oregon Zoo

Visitor Information for Portland's Oregon Zoo

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Courtesy Oregon Zoo
  • Hours: Open daily except December 25
  • Reservations: None required
  • Cost: Admission charged, discounted on the second Tuesday of every month
  • Location: West of downtown, driving directions below
  • How Long: Allow an hour for a casual wander around, more if you take in every detail
  • Best Time to Visit: Any time

Oregon Zoo Review

Founded in 1887, the Oregon Zoo is the oldest zoological park west of the Mississippi. About 200 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates make their home here. You'll find all the usual suspects here, such as elephants, rhinos, monkeys and giraffes, along with some rare and endangered creatures.

While the Oregon Zoo exhibit spaces seem a little "old school" when compared to newer zoos like the San Diego's, it's a clean, well-kept place with lots of informative displays. Kids seem to love the Oregon Zoo, so much so that weekday afternoons are prone to stroller-gridlock as bad as rush hour on the nearby freeways. With so many kids around, it's good that the Oregon Zoo has plenty of restrooms near all the major exhibits.

Don't let the rain stop you from visiting the Oregon Zoo. While you'll need an umbrella or hat to get from one exhibit to the next, most of the stopping places are well-sheltered and unless it's raining buckets, the animals won't mind it, either.

My favorite exhibit at the Oregon Zoo? Lorikeet Landing, where for just a dollar, you can buy a cup of nectar and feed the colorful birds, who land on your hand to drink. Other Oregon Zoo attractions include train rides and a thrill ride (both require extra tickets) and summer musical concerts.

Getting to the Oregon Zoo

Oregon Zoo
4001 SW Canyon Road
Portland, OR 97221
(503) 226-1561
Oregon Zoo Website
Exit OR 26 at any of the exits marked for the Oregon Zoo and follow the signs. You can also use Portland's excellent public transportation system to get to the Oregon Zoo. The MAX Blue Line and MAX Red Line both go there, as does Bus Line 63-Washington Park.

You'll find a large parking lot outside the Oregon Zoo entrance, but if it's full, you can park anywhere in Washington Park and take the convenient shuttle, which runs every 15 minutes (weekends only after Labor Day1).

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1 Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday in September.

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