Oregon Zoo: Together for Wildlife

Oregon Zoo: Together for Wildlife

Oregon Zoo: Together for Wildlife
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The Oregon Zoo connects communities to the wonder of wildlife to create a better future for all. Located on 64 forested acres just minutes from Portland city center, we are a hub for science, conservation, education and animal well-being delivering the highest quality of care to 165 species and subspecies. We are one of the most visited cultural landmarks in the Pacific Northwest, with around 1.5 million visits each year—inspiring guests and community members of all ages, abilities and backgrounds by creating safe, welcoming spaces. Through their tickets and memberships, as well as support from the Oregon Zoo Foundation, we are able to make a difference for wildlife at home and around the world. Our community’s support helps us protect more than 20 endangered and threatened species — from California condors to Oregon silverspot butterflies. Community supported since 1888, we are part of Metro, greater Portland’s regional government.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • DS1
    35 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Zoo, easy to walk around in.
    We went to the Zoo, because our teenage daughter had done a school project and wanted to go to the Oregon Zoo. It's a very nice zoo. They could have more dining options at entrance (the one and only one was under renovations) and a lot of "junk food" inside the zoo available but we found no healthy options. Exiting was a little difficult, since the signs were not clear and we ended up going out the same way we came in. The tram is easy and free and the rose garden amazing. Worth the time.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 2, 2023
  • gorgegrl
    Troutdale, Oregon77 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful zoo with lots of various animals
    The Washington Park Zoo has clean and beautiful grounds, I also enjoyed the flowers and vegetation. (I've never been to another zoo) but seems big enough, without being exhaustingly large for littles. Most of the habitats are much larger than they used to be which is better for the animals. I did see a water bottle refill station. Picknick tables spread out through the park and green grass in the center, make nice lunch areas. Loved watching the giraffes eat. They had certain times, people could pay to feed them (not cheap of course), we just stood to the side and watched. Really enjoyed watching the baby orangutan, snowy white owl had babies too. We never got a map or such, seems like everything is through your phone now. Mushu, the red panda we couldn't spot. *Admission is online with selected timed entrances. I saw some people show up who hadn't realized this. Hint: There were two lines at the entrance. Oddly the one very long line & much shorter line were for the same kind of admission. Go for the shorter one of course.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 29, 2023
  • Mp J
    22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Zoo
    My family and I really enjoyed the Oregon Zoo. The grounds were beautiful and we saw many animals. It was wonderful seeing the elephants since zoos in our state do not have elephants. The zoo was very clean and it was enjoyable to walk around. We spent hour there and saw so many wonderful exhibits. I have been to many different zoos in the country and this one is my favorite.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 22, 2023
  • Laura W
    Denver, Colorado50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I love the one way streets!
    Very nice big zoo. My favorite thing is that for the most part, the trails are one way. I love this! Other zoos have you going in circles. I love that there’s plenty of viewing spots so if you don’t see the animal in one part of the enclosure you may see them in another part. The prices in the gift shop were on par with other zoos.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 6, 2023
  • mtgirl1982
    Billings, Montana187 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    nicely layed out zoo
    very nicely layed out zoo. the enclosures are large and the animals seemed well taken care of. can easily spend half a day looking around. many different animals to enjoy. recommend if in the area.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 24, 2023
  • Tallchristine
    Lake Oswego, Oregon39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oregon Zoo- beautiful zoo for natural animal environments
    I have been a visitor and member of the oregon Zoo for over twenty’s and seen the zoo go through many changes over the years. not all of which I like but most of which I can live with. Just read through many of. the reviews and it. seems many people love to complain about things they don’t understand. Biggest complaints: price of parking ($8) . there is a Max train stop right at the zoo and you get a discount on your admission if you take the Max. The parking overflows, traffic gets often backed up and the zoo charges admission to encourage people to take public transit. 2) can’t see the animals- some stones true for the larger exhibits which have been enlarged to create more space for the big animals like the elephants and the polar bears. also so many visitors go in the heat of the day in the summer when animals like to take a siesta. I’ve found the best days to go are when it is early in the day, there is a light rain or it is a bit chilly and the animals are out and about. 90 degree weather outs all creatures to sleep! 3) animals aren’t well taken of- the elephant exhibit paid for my portland taxpayer is incredible because of the freedom and space the elephants have to wander. Peak experience to watch them swim in the 15 foot deep pool. they are not deprived at all. 4) There are no keys and birds at the zoo. get a paper map or one online e and locate where they are. 5) train- great for families with little ones but a waste of money for adults alone with older kids. used to go to Rose Garden which was a beautiful ride but a landslide destroyed the tracks. sad they won’t fix it. A big complaint from me and others
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 7, 2024
  • PH2003
    Denver, Colorado373 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the coolest zoos I’ve seen
    Being from Denver, I’m used to the city zoo just being a bunch of fake habitats in the middle of the city. Oregon’s zoo is so much different and I loved every bit of it. From the start, the zoo itself just blends into the city. The environment feels completely natural and you blend right into the mossy forest. You don’t even feel like you’re in a zoo, you feel completely immersed in nature. I also appreciated the diverse animals that Oregon has, compared to other zoos I’ve seen. It’s clean, the animals don’t seem miserable, and the path is a solid in/out model. It’s impossible to get lost in this place. The only downside to going on an off-season rainy day is the lack of food. We had to walk practically halfway through before we found a food spot that was open. The little food carts were all closed.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 12, 2024
  • Susan T
    Vancouver, Washington20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Even fun in the rain!
    This zoo is a gorgeous walk through lush forest and spacious animal habitats. Excellent viewing opportunities with animal bedding and activities closely. Animals appear content, healthy, and relaxed with gorgeous coat colors. Favorites include Polar Bears swimming, otter entertainment, big cats. Aviary warm and walkable. Delicious hot cider at the Aviary Cafe.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 30, 2024
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JLY
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
They really screwed over their members this year.
With 75% of the zoo being under construction (until spring 2021) they really should have adjusted their ticket prices especially considering how much money they have received from the government (COVID related) and donors or at least allow free parking with a ticket purchase. With the new online ticket purchase they have decided that members need to pay for their infant. Infants 3 and under are FREE. They stated that members need to use their guest ticket for their infant and stated that members who have the individual or dual plan need to upgrade. If you purchase a regular ticket then you can also get a regular infant ticket free of charge. So why are they forcing the members to upgrade to pay for their infant? They also only allow a small amount of member tickets to be purchased but they have WAY more regular tickets available (100+ per time slot). So member tickets sell out way faster forcing members to purchase regular tickets (giving them more money). Also, members get discounted tickets to zoo lights this year where as it use to be free to members!
Written October 14, 2020
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pazduha
United States136 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
My daughter tried to go to the zoo lights this winter, and showed up with a group of her friends and the family Zoo membership card. She was rudely refused entry by staff and told that she had to have a Zoo membership card with her name on it. Never in our 25 years of Zoo membership have our children been required to have individual membership cards with their names on them. If this is a new policy, they should have sent us 6 cards instead of 2 and informed us of the change.
Written May 22, 2020
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Mathias
Gresham, OR1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
Planed a family trip to the zoo and was extremely disappointed. Ticket prices were ridiculous, kids 5 and under are no longer free and will run you $19 each if they are over a year old. Adults are $24 each and time slots have to be reserved online. On top of that you have to pay $8 for parking, which wouldn't have been a problem had they included that the parking meters do not take paper money. After getting $8 exchanged for quarters at the gift shop (yes you have to go all the way to the gift shop then all the way back to your vehicle for change) we soon learned that the meters won't take the quarters and kept spitting them out after $2. A security guard stopped to help informing us that all the meters will only accept card payments. Finally in the zoo we look at the map and see the amount animals and a bunch of activities have been severely cut. The few animals they did have are mostly nocturnal or weren't active. Areas that need remodeled have been left alone while areas that didnt need remodeled have been removing majority of the interactive portions. With very little things for kids to do its hard to keep them interested. All in all its really not worth the amount they are charging and I don't recommend bringing kids under 8.
Written February 17, 2023
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LMG
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Friends
My family is a member of the Oregon Zoo, and have been many times over the past years. I am incredibly disappointed that members are blocked from purchasing tickets once the allotted reserved tickets for members are sold out, even though there are ample tickets available for the public (up to 80 during some time slots and often times 40+ at all time-slots). It seems to me, tickets should be available to be reserved for all people on a first come first serve basis. Even more disappointing is that I’ve attempted to discuss the matter with the customer service team, and was told by Kim she couldn’t help me but would have a manager call me back ASAP. That was nearly a week ago and I am still waiting to hear from someone if this is how zoo members are treated, those that support your zoo through membership patronage, I will not be renewing my family membership for next year and suggest other member reconsider how they’ve been treated and like my post if you’ve experienced a similar poor experience So disappointing for such an amazing zoo, actually unbelievable and very sad the zoo hasn’t treated my family better.
Written July 14, 2020
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T B
Portland, OR59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Family
A visit to the zoo is a lesson in patience. Even mid week you will have to contend with bus loads of school children overly excited to see the animals. These are children that have no problem elbowing past you to get a front rower view of the exhibit.

It’s been a few years since I have visited and I was pleasantly surprised at the remodels with this human nature in mind. Most exhibits feature multiple viewing locations so it feels like there is room for everyone to get a good look. The viewing areas also took into consideration the rainy Pacific Northwest. Most viewing areas are under cover and it’s not too far a dash from one place to the next.

There are things for kids to climb on and explore and imagine they are on safari or living on a family farm.

The exhibits also allow for the animals to move around more based on their preference.

I love the trail leading you through the Pacific Northwest area. This felt the most forest like.

I was glad to see the elephant ear stand was open. That’s always a nice treat.

Africafe was open and we had lunch there. It was a limited menu and a very long line. They also had a “grab and go” cooler with pre made wraps, but you still had to stand in the long line to pay for it.

We spent 5 hours and came home exhausted but happy. It was a beautiful fall day and I’d do it again sooner than later.
Written January 19, 2020
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julieann243218
Portland, OR105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
The Zoo is the beat deal for an annual pass. You can get into zoo lights for free, come and walk around whenever you want, presale a for the exceptional summer concert series. Well worth buying an annual pass.

The zoo itself is small and under a lot of construction currently, but still worth a visit. It is a beautiful place to walk around. When we went in December they had reindeers! So cute.
Written February 3, 2020
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Brett P
Chino Hills, CA60 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
This is a fairly large zoo either very natural habitats for the animals. The zoo is broken into various geographic ecosystems. The elephant exhibit is really amazing, and the giraffe exhibit is equally interesting. The entire facility is fully landscaped, who’s home makes truly a beautiful place. We ran out of time to see the NW Territory exhibits, but we did catch a glimpse of the mountain goats, which was real well done.
Several exhibits were under renovation while we were visiting, but I’m ok with that. The food was just average and took us a while to find. The map can be confusing to use.
I definitely ately recommend this zoo overall.
Written March 7, 2020
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Alexander E
Portland, OR1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
I'm an annual pass holder at the Oregon Zoo, and I'd give the Oregon Zoo a 3.5 if I could, but it certainly doesn't deserve a four. I've visited many zoos, including being a member at the San Diego Zoo for four years, and visited it over 50 times.

The Oregon Zoo is relatively clean, but honestly does not have very many animals on exhibit any more. It had been a few years since I've visited and was completely disappointed with the Polar Bear exhibit. Honestly, it was a much better exhibit before the remodel.

Many animals were taken away, including quite a few bears (including Sun Bears), the Elk and the wolves, among many other animals in order to expand the elephant area, mainly putting in a pool and a new building, which was nice, but a serious expense in tax payer money and once again, many animal exhibits were removed because of it.

The penguin exhibit used to be quite a bit of fun, and there were various penguin species on exhibit. Now there is only one species, The Humboldt Penguin, and there were maybe 30 of them on exhibit. Not nearly as good as it used to be.

I can go on and on, but in reality, the Oregon Zoo has NOT improved at all. As a patron visiting the zoo, it is now mediocre and that's after getting hundreds of millions of Oregon tax payer funds. Doesn't make sense to me at all.

You can very easily see the entire zoo in about an hour and a half if you take it slowly. Repeat visits leave a lot to be desired.

I can understand people giving it a 4 because of local pride, but it absolutely doesn't even come close to a 5 if you've visited other zoos.
Written July 4, 2022
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CHERI K
PORTLAND7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Friends
This was the worst experience I have had in all the years I have visited the Oregon Zoo. In the last five years it has been reduced to almost no animals. The cost for 3 adults totaled $72 with $8:00 for parking which for what we saw was appalling. The few animals we did see were hidden, laying in a corner or had their backs to us including the 4 elephants that just stood facing their feeders. Moving on to the Africa area all that we saw was 2 Cheetahs sleeping, no lions were out, and the keepers was hosing down the Painted dog area so those were not available. Moving on no Hippos, no Rhinos, no Zebras, just 2 small brown horned animals and 3 Giraffes. Also saw 1 chimp sleeping on straw, 1 other Monkey. A couple of seals and 3 Sea Otters. The Polar Bear was visible and the Flamingos were out with a few other birds. And the Tiger was pacing at the bottom of the enclosure. We
We’re through it in 1 hr and 20 minutes. I will not be paying that price again. They have been working on enclosures but with no animals to see it is not worth $5.00 per person
Written August 18, 2021
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paws0810
Mesa, AZ2,898 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
So the zoo appears to be neat and clean. It is unfortunate that out in the fresh air they are forcing people to wear masks. It is a beautiful gorgeous day and everybody has their face covered up. They should charge less for a zoo that has not so much open because they are fixing or renovating or just in general closed from past pandemic nonsense
Written May 13, 2021
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