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Oregon Zoo

4001 Southwest Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221-9704
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Ranked #26 of 308 attractions in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Zoos, Scenic Railroads
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Traveler Description: T he Oregon Zoo Visitors of all ages will enjoy this fine Oregon attraction, exhibiting about 1,880 species of animals,  270 species of birds... more »
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Boise, Idaho
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This is by far the best zoo you can visit in the northwest United States. Or, if you don't like zoo's this is an excellent place to take a long walk and enjoy nature. I recommend buying a zoo membership instead of a regular ticket.

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Chinle, Arizona
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67 reviews 67 reviews
24 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We came on a really busy day! Bad choice! However, everyone was courteous even though everything was crowded. There was a lot of construction going on--someplace between petting zoo and primate building. Not much activity out of the animals but that's to be expected on a hot day. Aquariums were nice--more activity out of water animals. Bird section was very... More

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Piscataway, New Jersey
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106 reviews 106 reviews
58 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We enjoy visiting zoos and had read the reviews so we were not expecting too much. That being said, we enjoyed our 3 hour visit. We went during the week so it wasn't super crowded and also got a discount for taking Trimet there. The best part the day we were there was the Great Northwest. It felt like we... More

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Cloverdale, Oregon
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Most of the animals were not where you could see them, which I'm sure the animals appreciate. The animals we did see didn't seem to happy like I have seen in other zoos.

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Roanoke, Virginia
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The zoo seems quite large and has an array of animals and habitats. I've visited twice and really liked it each time. Would recommend.

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So Ponte Vedra Bch
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104 reviews 104 reviews
31 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We arrived early midweek in hopes of seeing some activity with the animals. What animals? they were far and in between. The most action we saw was one teenage elephant showing off his trick of turning the water picket on and off. Most of the animals were inside their habitats and could not be seen or looked half dead. This... More

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

The Oregon Zoo is very nice and big. All the animals are cool and are in real looking habits. The Oregon Zoo has lots of different activities. For example zoo camp over the summer and little shows with for example you would learn about birds. The "lodge" is nice they have pretty good food and the atmosphere is nice. I... More

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Portland, Oregon
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Awesome animals but sticky place. But don't expect a zoo to smell nice! And again cool animals. Cool zoo. Been there a few times. Will go there at some free times. Not bad

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Fernandina Beach, Florida
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66 reviews 66 reviews
24 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

We went early in the day before it was too hot and saw so many animals. Most we're active and playful. The way the zoo is built into the hillside makes for a much more interesting experience. Can't wait to go back when the elephant exhibit has been expanded!

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western US
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70 reviews 70 reviews
3 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This zoo is sad. Pacing polar bear broke my heart. (2 hours) The exhibits are dull, lacking anything cute, like the names of the animals. The guests there were equally sad looking. Wildly uninteresting & I'd like a refund on my time! Clearly, the zoo needs more money. Sad. Not a zoo for a great day.

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