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Oregon Zoo
4001 SW Canyon Rd
Portland
OR
97221
Tel: 503-226-1561

Where are we going today?

Kids, if you have ever wanted to see an elephant play in the water, or come face to face with a gran lion and his pride, then we should all head to Oregon Zoo pretty soon!

Oregon Zoo is all about giving kids and families those amazing animal experiences, where you can not only meet your favorite species from all over the world, but perhaps you might learn about some you had never heard of before!

The animals at the zoo come in all sorts of shapes and sizes - from the smallest bullfrog, to the tallest giraffe. There are creates from those wild plains of Africa, including the African wild dog, and those sprinting cheetahs.

Asia comes to life with creatures such as the Amur tiger, and it's these kind of species that are a great way for kids to learn about animal preservation and conservation too.

Why not say hi to the dwarf mongoose, or watch the Emerald tree boa in action?

Oregon Zoo isn't just animal watching either. There are fun special events across the year, and daily animal activities too! You can learn so much more about the animals as you see the elephant keeper talk about those huge creatures, or watch the river otter activities. There are even feeding sessions too!

Choo Choo - don't miss a fun ride on the zoo train either!

It's animal-tastic fun in Oregon on your next family day out, where it's a chance for you to just get....WILD!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$9.95 (off peak) / $14.95 (peak)
  • Children$4.95 (off peak) / $9.95 (peak) - Ages 3-11
  • Free Under: 2 years
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

9:30am open. 4pm close Sept - May / 6pm close rest of year.

Open 364 days a year, and closed Christmas Day

Teachers corner

They are a great experience for kids who can build on classroom learning. Just make sure you book 2 weeks in advance. .

I'm Hungry!

With grills, cafes, and snack huts, you won't be short on things to eat! There are burgers, soups, hot drinks, hot dogs, pastries...and so much more!.

Healthy Eating!

There are healthy options within the zoo, including home made items and salads and wraps.

Any Top Tips?

Make sure you check the animal activities as soon as you arrive, so you can plan your day around what's on!.

Doing our bit

Inspiring our community to create a better future for wildlife..

Need a little extra help?

The zoo is accessible to people of all abilities! They also have wheelchair rental.

Baby Facilities

They have stroller rentals for you!.

Can I get one of those?

Bring that pocket money, because that gift shop is BIG! They have a range of sustainable and fair trade gifts, as well as games, toys, and souvenirs - and lots of animal items!.

More information

The grounds are open for another hour after closing time. .

What people are saying?

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    I feel like this is one of the best Zoos in the country; they really take care of their animals here. I get their emails every week about the welfare of each animal. They are transparent about their business, construction, pregnancies, births, and even deaths.
    Being a member allows me to visit more often. I go two or three times a month, allowing me to see all the animals eventually. They all have their "off days," once in a while, so if you go expecting to see something, you may be disappointed.
    Oh, and if you hate crowds, don't go to their Walmart...Read More

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    What a fun place spend the day! I can't wait to see what all the construction brings next year. The new elephant habitat should be amazing!

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    I used to like going to the zoo more but over the last few years I feel they have not done the best of jobs. I am really happy they are doing the new construction for the elephants and polar bears. My favorite thing to do after being at the zoo is to stop by the gift shop and get some fudge. Only this time it came in a plastic container and just doesn't taste as good. I am disappointed.

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    My wife, kids and I just recently moved from Seattle and I had previously lived in LA. Both having bigger zoos then Oregon's. We were not expecting the same experience at the Oregon Zoo. We were pleasantly surprised at how great the zoo was. Ya, it might not be as big but it has a great selection of animals and the zoo has one the most beautiful locations then the other zoos I have been too. We have been back a few times and really enjoyed zoo lights around Christmas time was great. We hear they have great concerts during the summer and can't wait...Read More

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    First off, we went on a Friday morning. There was no parking; we circled for a while before finding one recently vacated spot in the lot next to the exit.

    The zoo was absolutely packed with multiple schools or daycare centers farming out their kids here for the day. It was not particularly good weather either, overcast and 60 degrees. The kids were running everywhere, completely out of control, yelling, hitting each other, throwing things, blocking walkways, etc. I'll have to call ahead in the future to see when it's open to the general public,...Read More

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by Danielle Vandenberg

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I feel like this is one of the best Zoos in the country; they really take care of their animals here. I get their emails every week about the welfare of each animal. They are transparent about their business, construction, pregnancies, births, and even deaths.
Being a member allows me to visit more often. I go two or three times a month, allowing me to see all the animals eventually. They all have their "off days," once in a while, so if you go expecting to see something, you may be disappointed.
Oh, and if you hate crowds, don't go to their Walmart sponsored discounted 2nd Tuesday event. SO MANY PEOPLE.

by Jay Lantz

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My wife, kids and I just recently moved from Seattle and I had previously lived in LA. Both having bigger zoos then Oregon's. We were not expecting the same experience at the Oregon Zoo. We were pleasantly surprised at how great the zoo was. Ya, it might not be as big but it has a great selection of animals and the zoo has one the most beautiful locations then the other zoos I have been too. We have been back a few times and really enjoyed zoo lights around Christmas time was great. We hear they have great concerts during the summer and can't wait to check one of those out. Strongly recommend checking the zoo out if you have not already.

by Eric Lee

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First off, we went on a Friday morning. There was no parking; we circled for a while before finding one recently vacated spot in the lot next to the exit.

The zoo was absolutely packed with multiple schools or daycare centers farming out their kids here for the day. It was not particularly good weather either, overcast and 60 degrees. The kids were running everywhere, completely out of control, yelling, hitting each other, throwing things, blocking walkways, etc. I'll have to call ahead in the future to see when it's open to the general public, not daycare centers.

My kids would have liked to have seen animals too, but they weren't rude enough to push their way to the front of every display and stand there facing away from the display blocking it while fighting with other children.

The displays were hit and miss. About 1/3 of them were empty, not counting the ones under construction. There is obviously extensive renovation underway. I would suggest making some of the walkways wider. It only took one woman with a massive side by side stroller to completely block 25 people from being able to pass through.

It was fairly clean. The food wasn't that unreasonably priced. The staff seemed nice enough.

It was unimpressive overall though. Basically every other zoo I've been to was better.

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