The Oregon Zoo is located along the MAX light rail line, five minutes from downtown Portland. The zoo is currently showing off a pack of Visayan Warty Pigs, complete with mohawks, in addition to the countless other animals who live there: crocodiles, Asian elephants, giraffes, hippos, monkeys, penguins, snakes, turtles, zebras and the list goes on.
A long walk on the wild side
The enclosures are made for the comfort and health of the animals but somehow that makes the hunt all the more charming, beautifully landscaped, a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.
Zoo is good, BUT DO NOT GET SCAMMED ON THE "TRAIN RIDE" !!
We haven't been to the zoo since before the pandemic. The renos look good, but it is reflected in the increased rates. It is still reasonable for a few hour visit. We came during spring break and parking was atrocious! We had to park in the far lots, luckily we dropped off my parents who have mobility issues. They had a disabled parking pass, and there were lots of spots designated for the pass, but all those spots were taken in the first 3 lots ! I would say come late morning before lunch to beat the crowds that had lunch first. Or maybe it was just during spring break.... But the disappointing factor was the "train ride". It was $5 or $6 per person and I don't think there was a kid rate. The "ride" was like a few minutes long, it went down the backside of one small portion of the zoo, where we could see the elephants from quite a distance and then went back the same route, We barely saw any animals on this ride. The staff was very apologetic explaining most of the tracks/ ride was damaged and under construction. This is fine, but that should be known before we pay.! We could hear most of the other guests disgruntled as we all left feeling duped! It's not expensive per se, but our group of 10 paid 50-60 bucks, when we could have used the money toward a treat each instead. That would have been more worth it! Shame, Oregon Zoo! Don't go tricking people like that!
Nice to spend a couple of hours
The zoo is fine but we couldn’t see the tiger nor the polar bear. We had to buy tickets ahead as there are limited entries due to Covid protocols.
Where are all of the animals
The Oregon Zoo has done a tremendous amount of renovation, and the actual spaces for the animals are amazing and great. It was a sunny 40 degrees January day. I am just wondering, where are all of the animals? Didn't get to see very much. The penguin exhibit used to have so many penguins. Now, I think I saw two. We saw only 2 monkeys, 3 out of 5 elephants, 1 Koala bear, no tigers or lions. So many empty exhibits! I don't understand. The admission isn't cheap. $91.00 for 2 seniors, a 4-year-old and and one adult. It's one of the few entertainment venues that doesn't offer a discounted senior admission. Add the parking on top of that.
Oregon Zoo member here. This review is for zoolights only. Waaay overpriced. For the drive-thru option over $50 and that’s with a member discount. There are some nice lights but nothing spectacular and mostly all repeated from the previous year. Unless you’re taking a caravan of kids, not worth it for the average family unless you are the type with money to waste. There are pretty lights all around town that you can “drive around” and see for free. Save the money...and the 25 minutes waiting in the queue to zoom through the 20 minutes of zoolights.