Oregon Zoo#18 in Best Things To Do in Portland, OR
Explore some of the world's cutest, ferocious and exotic critters at the Oregon Zoo. The zoo houses around 90 different species ranging from reptiles to big cats to insects. And by 2021, the zoo anticipates opening new habitats for rhinos, primates and polar bears, which will be the final improvements after a decade-long expansion project. Along with the animal exhibits, there are also behind-the-scenes tours and summer concerts, among other programs.
Recent visitors reported loving the zoo for its manageable size and animal residents (especially the elephants). However, some travelers complained that the zoo's remodeling construction dampened an otherwise lovely visit.
The zoo is open daily beginning at 9:30 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day and at 4 p.m. from Labor Day to Memorial Day. Tickets cost $17.95 for patrons 12 and older, $15.95 for seniors and $12.95 for kids 3 to 11; children 2 and younger can enter for free. The zoo offers $5 tickets the second Tuesday of each month from September through May. Parking costs $2 per hour or $8 for the day. The zoo is located within Washington Park; you can take the MAX Blue line and get off at the Washington Park station to reach the zoo. For more information, visit the zoo's website.
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#1 Washington Park
Many critics, travelers and locals agree that of all of Portland's parks (and they are numerous), Washington Park is perhaps the best. Home to such notable landscaping feats as the Portland Japanese Garden and the International Rose Test Garden, as well as the World Forestry Center, Hoyt Arboretum and several memorials dedicated to pivotal points in Oregon's history.
There are also family-friendly attractions like the Oregon Zoo and Portland Children's Museum along with a large playground, soccer fields, tennis courts and an archery range. Just make sure you save plenty of time for a leisurely stroll down one of the many shady paths, which are often decorated with flower displays and fountains.
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