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4001 Sw Canyon Rd
Portland, OR 97221
Oregon Zoo Description
It's like a world safari in a compact walking space: a lush, hilly terrain in which you explore friendly, state-of-the-art animal exhibits arranged by ecosystem. With over 1,000 animals, this is more than a see-it-once zoo. An indoor rainforest (where it really rains!) brings you into the environment of crocodiles, land-walking lungfish, and tree frogs; in the enclosed outdoor aviary, parakeets sit on kids' shoulders and let themselves be fed by hand. One of the best zoos in the country, for kids and parents.
Babies: Many of the animals are close enough to catch the attention of babies without being close enough to intimidate them. Skip the walk-in aviary -- your baby doesn't want birds landing on her or trying to share her bottle.
Toddlers & Pre-K: Likely to want to move to the Oregon Zoo.
Pre-Teens & Teens: Naked mole rats. What more is there to say? Pre-teens and animal-loving teens will get the full effect -- there's so much to learn here that kids will want to linger.
- Plan to picnic. Break up the day by picnicking on the spacious lawn inside the park, or choose from one of several decent restaurants and concessions.
- Take the train. A train runs from inside the zoo through Washington Park to the children's playground and the Japanese Garden. The trip makes for a nice change of pace in the afternoon.
Just the Facts
Hours: April 15-September 15: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (grounds open till 7). September 16-April 14: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (grounds open till 5). Closed Christmas Day.
Fees: Under $10
Recommended Time: Full day