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“A day out”
Review of Oregon Zoo

Oregon Zoo
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Portland Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
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US$86.00*
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Portland Combo: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Trolley and Columbia River Gorge Tour
Ranked #11 of 448 things to do in Portland
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Community-supported since 1888, the Oregon Zoo is a world leader in animal welfare and conservation, connecting more than 1.6 million visitors with the world of wildlife every year.
Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A day out”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

We had a very good time at the zoo and the children loved seen the variety of animals. Especially the black bear,giraffes and hippos. The African section was a hit too. Just be warned on a very hot day take plenty to drink and it is worth taking a picnic too.

Visited July 2014
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Buena Park, California
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“animals "without bars"”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

My family went to the Oregon Zoo in Portland in early August. We got there at around 10 AM or so. There was a large variety of animals there to look at. There were, lions, and a lot of other wild cats, porcupines, fish, frogs, penguins, bears, turtles, elephants, giraffes, birds, and much more! There were many viewing areas so you could see the animals from different views. The animals came very close up and even though they were in cages and pens, it felt like you were right there. In every little section, there would be some volunteers (actually high schoolers attending a summer camp) either with some animals to pet or ready to tell you some information about the animals. We watched a show. We got to see three different birds up close. We didn't end up getting too hot because there are lots of trees and shade and some mist machines. There were a couple of man made waterfalls and there were trails so it felt like you were hiking in the wild rather than going through a zoo. Also, besides the wide variety of animals, there were some food stands and vending machines for snacks. We enjoyed the elephant ears, which are churros in the shape of elephant ears. There were lots of benches and open grassy areas to picnic. At night, there are concerts there.

It was really cute and fun and we were there for three and a half hours. My kids had no problem walking a lot, and they seemed to be entertained, too. The zoo admission is $11.50 for adults and $8.50 for youth, which is very reasonable (our whole family got in for the price of one adult at the San Diego Wild Animal Park). I definitely recommend coming here and I would come back again.

Visited August 2014
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Wilton, New Hampshire
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“Nice but small zoo”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

It is a small zoo but you can see a lot of animals up close compare to other zoos I have been to. I liked the North West exhibit with black bears, beavers, and otters. The only thing that bother us was when we showed up and was told the elephants are closed due to a concert. But when we were walking around the had a announcement that the elephants will be closing in ten minutes. We were happy we could see them but we had to rush across the zoo to see them and between people waiting in line for the concert. If we were told the correct info at the gate when the elephant exhibit closes then we could went there first and really enjoy them.

Visited July 2014
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“Bigger and busier than expected”
Reviewed 1 August 2014 via mobile

I took my 2 1/2 year old at about 10am on a Friday morning. We had a great time but I would look into some things before going for another visit. First off you have to pay for parking, something I was not aware of. $1.60 an hour. But it looks like there is a lot more to do in the park besides just the zoo (I didn't get a chance to explore it) so it can be worth it if you want to pay for the extra time. Next, we went when there was a summer camp going on. HIGHLY recommend avoid visiting during a camp as there are a ton of extra kids and the viewing areas can get overly crowded. And lastly, if you have younger kids (and there is a camp going on) plan for a three or four hour visit after naptime. :) The zoo is a lot bigger than we expected and you do a lot of incline walking. The extra walking and stimulation from the other kids wore my 2 1/2 year old out about halfway through. So we didn't get to enjoy all of the Africa exhibit and had to completely skip the Pacific shores exhibit. If you have young kids, plan out your visit (bathroom stops, lunch/snack breaks, bring water, etc) and enjoy the park!

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Ankeny, Iowa
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“Beautiful zoo!!”
Reviewed 1 August 2014

We came on a family vacation and make it a point to visit the local zoo in the area if there is one. We were extremely pleased with the Oregon Zoo. In my opinion, one of the top 10 in the nation as far as exhibit design and selection of animals. I love the way the zoo incorporates the existing flora and geological features of the area into the exhibits and walking paths. It made the zoo look both beautiful and interesting and not feel like your just moving from one cage to the next. The design of most exhibits also give you an opportunity to look at animals from multiple angles so that you should always be able to catch a glimpse of all the animals in their collection. The variety of animals on display was also diverse and interesting. Another cool part of this zoo was that several of the displays had enthusiastic docents stationed at many of the popular animals giving well informed information on not only the species, but the individual animals themselves and there little quirks and personality traits!
There were only a few complaints I had with the experience, chiefly the signage pointing you in the direction of various exhibits was a little misleading. (it should be noted that construction was being done to renovate the Asian Elephant exhibit.) Also the "insect zoo" was a little disappointing as it was just a tiny building with aquariums and critter carriers of insects that you had to peer through the building windows to see. It seemed out of place in this otherwise impressive zoo. The space could either be improved upon or not done at all! Overall this zoo is a must see for either the casual zoo visitor or the zoo fan alike!

Visited July 2014
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