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Oregon Zoo

Awesome beasts native to America have a home alongside exotic and endangered species from around the world at this picturesque Portland attraction.

Gaze at the majestic big cats of Africa, see an underwater view of the flooded Amazon Forest and enjoy the graceful spectacle of the Asian elephants at the Oregon Zoo.

Reserve at least half a day to see the 64-acre (26-hectare) zoo in Washington Park in the West Hills. There are five main exhibit areas to explore: the Great Northwest, Pacific Shores, Fragile Forests, Asia and Africa. 

In the Asia exhibit, you won’t miss those highly sociable giants, the Asian elephants. For 50 years the zoo has been successfully breeding this endangered species, which is smaller and heavier than the African elephant. This exhibit also has island pigs of Asia. In order to see the nocturnal Malayan sun bears, take advantage of ZooSnooze and spend the night at the zoo September to mid-June, Tuesdays through Saturdays (except holidays).

At the Fragile Forests exhibit, look out for the green anaconda in the shallow waters of the Amazon Flooded Forest. Out of the water, you might see toucans, howler monkeys or an ocelot.

One of the zoo’s cutest critters, the sea otter, is at the Pacific Shores exhibit in Steller Cove. Pacific Shores also has polar bears, penguins and the fascinating Insects Zoo. Try to find the Australian walking stick or hear the Madagascar hissing cockroach.

If you need to rest your feet, hop on the Zoo Loop, a train tracking a 1-mile (1.6 kilometer) route around the zoo’s perimeter (note: animals are not visible from the train). Trains also head further afield to the International Rose Test Garden on the Washington Park and Zoo Railway line. 

In winter, the trains are decorated as part of the Zoolights show, when the zoo becomes a wonderland of trees laden with lights. During summer, attend one of the many concerts on the lawn.  

Prices on the second Tuesday of every month are discounted but these days do get busy. Surprisingly, the zoo isn’t a bad place to visit in the rain as most of the exhibits offer some shelter as you watch the animals.


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Lodging Near Oregon Zoo

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Staypineapple at Hotel Rose $97
Staypineapple at Hotel Rose

Staypineapple at Hotel Rose

50 SW Morrison Street, Portland
     
    4.2
    of 5, from 1,972 reviews
    3.5 out of 5.0

    Set across from the Willamette River and Tom McCall Waterfront Park, and river walk, this 5-story hotel is 4 blocks from downtown's Pioneer Place.

    The Paramount Hotel $149
    The Paramount Hotel

    The Paramount Hotel

    808 SW Taylor St, Portland
       
      4.5
      of 5, from 2,719 reviews
      3.5 out of 5.0

      This casual, intimate hotel overlooks Director Park and is located in the heart of downtown Portland near concert halls, art museums, Pioneer Square shopping, restaurants, and MAX Light rail and trolley.

      Location, Location, Location! The "beverly Hills" of Portland
      Location, Location, Location! The "beverly Hills" of Portland

      Location, Location, Location! The "beverly Hills" of Portland

      , Portland
         
        4.9
        of 5, from 7 reviews
        0.0 out of 5.0

        Situated in Portland, this vacation home is close to Washington Park, Oregon Zoo, and Portland Japanese Garden. Also nearby are Portland State University and Providence Park.

        Residence Inn by Marriott Portland Downtown/RiverPlace $127
        Residence Inn by Marriott Portland Downtown/RiverPlace

        Residence Inn by Marriott Portland Downtown/RiverPlace

        2115 Sw River Pkwy, Portland
           
          4.3
          of 5, from 615 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Located in Downtown Portland, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Portland Aerial Tram and Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Portland State University and Pioneer Courthouse Square are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton Portland-Pearl District $161
          Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton Portland-Pearl District

          Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton Portland-Pearl District

          354 NW 9th Ave, Portland
             
            4.8
            of 5, from 158 reviews
            2.5 out of 5.0

            This hotel is located in Portland (Pearl District), close to Art Institute of Portland, Pioneer Courthouse Square, and Providence Park. Also nearby are Moda Center and Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

            Exquisite Historic Suite Close to Downtown 14-21673
            Exquisite Historic Suite Close to Downtown 14-21673

            Exquisite Historic Suite Close to Downtown 14-21673

            , Portland
               
              4.8
              of 5, from 78 reviews
              0.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in Portland, this vacation home is close to Washington Park, Portland State University, and Portland Japanese Garden. Also nearby are Oregon Zoo and Providence Park.

              The Benson, a Coast Hotel $150
              The Benson, a Coast Hotel

              The Benson, a Coast Hotel

              309 SW Broadway, Portland
                 
                4.3
                of 5, from 2,194 reviews
                4.0 out of 5.0

                Built in 1913, this hotel is 4 blocks from Pioneer Square, MAX light rail trains, downtown shopping, and Pearl District shops, galleries, and restaurants. The Portland Center for the Performing Arts is nearby.

                The Nines, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Portland $199
                The Nines, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Portland

                The Nines, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Portland

                525 SW Morrison Street, Portland
                   
                  4.5
                  of 5, from 1,494 reviews
                  5.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in Downtown Portland, this luxury hotel is steps from Pioneer Place and Pioneer Courthouse Square. Tom McCall Waterfront Park and Providence Park are also within 15 minutes.