The Zoo was founded in 1888 & is Oregon's largest paid attraction. In 1962 Packy, the first elephant born in the Western Hemisphere in 44 years, was born. He is the tallest Asian elephant in the US.
Nothing beats a timeless, family-friendly trip to the zoo. Come meet otters, lions, apes, snakes, elephants, and many more. Don't forget to bring a camera for up close shots of creatures of the wild!
In the summer you can enjoy their Summer Concert Series!
Don't pet the lions, tigers or polar bears. The goats are fine.
see the lions & monkey's
All the silly animals! Oh wait that's us oops
See the new "Predators of the Serengeti" exhibit.
Go to a zoo concert. Sit on the lawn, watch the sun set while eating an elephant ear and drinking red wine.
If you shake your keys along the glass in the Penguin exhibit, they will chase your keys along the window. The zoo keeper told me the penguins are attracted to shiny objects and love to play chase.
Worth The trip through the forest!
One of the best places to go Via Light rail.
Check out zoolights!
Bats and giraffes are best.
Dinosaur Exhibit was worth it!
Watch the (new!) gorgeous leopards stalk the filthy children through thin, crackable, paw-swiped glass. Muhahah!
Some of these animals in this zoo are incredibly trained.
2nd tuesday of the month is $2.00, and if you ride the max, you get $1.50 off that!!
Bring a picnic lunch and eat on the grass!
Here for ZooLights? They'll keep running trains as long as people are in line, so wait until later in the evening.
The new monkey and predators of the serengeti exhibits are awesome, also the micro brews available at cascade grill near the entrance are nice too.
Don't miss camping with your family overnight on the zoo lawn. Only available once a year at the end of July. (You even get to tour the zoo's hospital!)
Thursdays and Fridays are Field Trip Days FYI
Go when it rains. The animals sleep in and stay by the glass so you get awesome pictures :)
Best to come prepared with your own snacks & refreshments. Family of four could easily save $50-$60 by planning ahead a bit.
Love the 'rhinosauruses!'
My daughter thought the dinosaurs were real and was too scared to keep walking... they move, spit and roar I don't blame her.
Check the "today at the zoo" tab on the website to see what is going on during your visit.
Pack a lunch. Lots of tables and benches all over. We packed our own sandwiches and water. Water water water! You're going to walk a lot.
Don't miss the bats, especially if it's 3:00 PM—feeding time.
It was great going on a Wednesday in April, not too many people and the weather was perfect! All the animals were out! Great day at the zoo!
The new setup for the lions is incredible.
Make sure to go in the mid-morning to make sure you can catch feedings!
Fries at AfriCafe are surprisingly tasty. Enjoy them while watching the bird enclosure in the back. There's a ramp for strollers.
Keep eyes open
Purchase a yearly Zoo Membership, it's well with it...especially if you have kids
Show your Woodland Park Zoo (Seattle) membership for 1/2 off!
The chimps make me a little sad. They really should have more space.
Bring food. Don't eat the cafe, it is disorganized, they mess up orders, and are totaly rude.
Great zoo- had an awesome time!!
Everything is sooo expensive!
Sunday mornings before 11 are great. You see everything before it gets too crowded.
When it's not summer go during the week when it first opens. Not a lot of people and the animals are up and about.
Awesome zoo and cheap too
Will charge you for parking... Even if you take the shuttle.
The zoo is nice! Try to come when all the animals not sleep