When you’re traveling with kids, the search for the perfect thing to do is a top priority. In Portland, there are few attractions that can match all that the Oregon Zoo has to offer.
The Oregon Zoo is located in Washington Park in the western foothills of Portland. This is one of the top places in the city to spend the day with kids. If you plan on taking your family there, make sure to allow for enough time, it easily could end up taking up the better part of your day.
The Oregon Zoo features a huge amount of animals on display and kids love walking from exhibit to exhibit and seeing these creatures from around the world that they’ve never seen before. The zoo is divided up into several sections. Visiting the Asia section will show off elephants and warty pigs to the little ones. The Fragile Forests display features chimpanzees, orangutans, and gibbons. The Great Northwest section is home to mountain goats, bald eagles, beavers, and black bears. The Pacific Shores area is home to sea lions, polar bears, and penguins. A visit to the Africa area of the Oregon Zoo will treat the little ones to a glimpse of pythons, porcupines, fruit bats, cheetahs, mongooses, lions, and giraffes. All those animals, and so many more, are all viewable at the Oregon Zoo.
The zoo is laid out well too and is convenient and inviting to explore. There are several sitting areas, as well as wide open grass areas for kids to play on. There is even a small park train that you and the kids can ride and get a tour of the whole thing.
When it comes time to get a bite to eat, the Oregon Zoo fills that need too. There are snack carts located throughout the facility where treats and tasty drinks can be had. There are also several fun places to eat too like the themed Cascade Grill, AfriCafe, BearWalk Cafe, and Black Rhino Hut. Eating out at the zoo can be a lot of fun.
If you time it right, you might even be able to catch a summer concert or public animal feeding while you are there too.
There really is no place in the northwest like the Oregon Zoo in Portland.
Check out this zoo online: The Oregon Zoo – Portland, Oregon