Actually, there is no Portland Zoo, but Oregon Zoo. Since people are more acquainted with Portland Zoo, they get to familiarize themselves with calling it in that name. Portland Zoo was formerly known as Washington Park Zoo since it is inside Washington Park.
Portland Zoo serves a home to more than 2,200 animals of about 260 species. Portland Zoo welcomes more than 1.6 million visitors on an annual basis. The zoo boasts for its successful breeding programs for Asian elephants and Californian condors.
Portland Zoo is also a proud collector of different plants that can be found on specialized gardens inside the zoo.
You may look forward to a handful of events at the zoo including viewing exhibits and attending camps, classes and programs.
Portland Zoo Coupons
Portland Zoo offers different coupons, discounts and promos that anyone can avail.
TriMet Pass: TriMet operates light rail trains and buses, some of which go to the zoo directly. For instance, Red Line or Blue Line trains stops next to the zoo at the Washington Park station. The zoo will slash $1.50 on your admission ticket when you show your transit ticket.
Members: Members are provided with many benefits, and these benefits escalate when the membership level is taken to a higher level. For one, basic members receive free and unlimited zoo admission, reciprocal admission benefits to other zoos in the US, free subscription to the zoo’s magazine, discounts on merchandize and food purchases, discounts on camps and classes, Portland Zoo coupons and 20% discount on 4 regular admission tickets.
Groups: Groups of 20 or more are offered with 20% discount at one-time purchase of the admission tickets. Groups will also receive 20% discount on railway train tickets when purchased at the zoo. Group discounts are applicable to any kind of group/groupings including family reunions, company picnics, retirement parties, book club outings, hiking group outings, and field trips.
Other promos and discounts are offered throughout the year, so visit the site if you are planning to go to Portland Zoo this year. Specifically, explore the site for information of ‘Discount Days’.
Hotels Near the Portland Zoo:
There are more than a hundred hotels near Portland Zoo.
Some of the nearest hotels to the zoo are Park Lane Suites and Inn Portland, Hotel Deluxe Portland, Travelodge Portland City Center, Econo Lodge Portland, University Place Conference Center and Hotel Portland, Value Inn Downtown Portland, Hotel Modera Portland, and Paramount Hotel Portland. These hotels are 1.4 to 1.8 miles from Portland Zoo.
For sure, there will be a hotel or motel that will be ready to accommodate you and your families on your visit to Portland Zoo. You may not know it, but one of these hotels offer a free shuttle service to Portland Zoo.
Portland Zoo Hours:
Portland Zoo is open every day of the year except on December 25 (Christmas Day).
Season Dates Hours
- Fall – September 3 to December 31 – 9 am to 4 pm, grounds open until 5 pm
- Winter – January 1 to February 28 – 10 am to 4 pm, grounds open until 5 pm
- Spring – March 1 to May 24 – 9 am to 4 pm, grounds open until 5 pm
- Summer – May 25 to September 2 – 9 am to 6 pm, grounds open until 7 pm
Portland Zoo Prices:
Members are free.
For non-members, here are the admission rates:
Adults (12–64): $10.50
Seniors (65 and up): $9
Children (3–11): $7.50
2 and under: Free
Prices of admission will be discounted by $1.50 when the transit ticket or TriMet ticket is shown.
Groups: Portland Zoo offers 20% discount for groups with 20 or more members. Members will also receive the same discount percentage. A 20% discount will be offered to members who will bring up to 4 additional individuals per visit. Prices are:
Adults (12–64): $8.40
Seniors (65 and up): $7.20
Children (3–11): $6
2 and under: Free
For school groups, the following prices apply:
For every chaperone per 5 students: Free
For additional adult or chaperone: $8.40
Phone Number: 503-226-1561
Fax Number: 503-223-9323
Directions: There are many ways to get into Portland Zoo including riding a train or bus, biking, driving and walking. If you are going to drive, from Highway 26 East or West, take exit 72 for Zoo/Forestry Center, turn left onto Southwest Zoo Road, and turn right onto Southwest Zoo Parking Road.
Portland Zoo Jobs:
Portland metropolitan area regional government, or simply Metro, governs and operates the Portland Zoo. So, if you want to work here, you must have a dedication towards o public service, excellence, teamwork, sustainability, innovation and respect.
There is a jobs page in the website of Metro where Portland Zoo jobs are listed on an ongoing basis.
Applicants are encouraged to submit online application. They are also asked to fill out the zoo’s very own job interest card for receiving email announcements whenever new positions become available.
Follow the simple steps above and you will surely land a job in Portland Zoo, that is, if you meet all the qualifications and pass all the tests and interviews.
After visiting the zoo, you may want to visit the nearby attractions. Portland Zoo is located at the southern part of Washington Park where these attractions can be found: World Forestry Center, Oregon Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Portland Children’s Museum, and Hoyt Arboretum.
There are also adjacent trail systems, connecting Portland Zoo to Forest Park, Portland Japanese Garden, and International Rose Test Garden.
Obviously, a Portland visit may not only be a zoo visit. There are other attractions that you may explore. It would be best to bring your kids with you for a more enjoyable day at the zoo among others.