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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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Hotel Modera

515 Southwest Clay St, Portland
4.4
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Downtown boutique hotel adjacent to light rail; close to Tom McCall Waterfront Park; within 4 blocks of Portland Art Museum.

$144
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The Heathman Hotel

1001 SW Broadway, Portland
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Located in the downtown core of both the financial and artistic core of the city, The Heathman Hotel is within a few blocks of Pioneer Courthouse Square, City Hall, and the renowned Pearl district.

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University Place Hotel & Conference Center

310 SW Lincoln Street, Portland
3.2
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Located in Downtown Portland, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Dreamer, Portland State University, and Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Pioneer Courthouse Square and Oregon Museum of Science and Industry are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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Park Lane Suites and Inn

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Located in Portland's Nob Hill district, this extended-stay hotel is within walking distance of downtown. JELD-WEN Field, home of the Portland Timbers soccer team, is also nearby.

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Exquisite Historic Suite Close to Downtown 14-21673

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Situated in Portland, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Old Church and Portland State University. Providence Park and Pioneer Courthouse Square are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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The Paramount Hotel

The Paramount Hotel

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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.

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Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland

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Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland is within 6 blocks of shopping centers, theaters, museums, and the Westside Riverwalk.

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The Benson, a Coast Hotel

309 SW Broadway, Portland
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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.