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As of Sept. 1, 2017, Oregon Zoo is offering discounted admission for Oregon and Washington individuals and families who qualify for a variety of income assistance programs. 

     Just bring your Oregon or Washington photo ID and any documentation showing that you participate in any of the following programs, and you are eligible to buy up to 6 tickets for $5 each. If you ride MAX to the zoo and show proof of fare (monthly pass, individual tickets or annual pass), you'll receive an additional $1.50 off admission for each person. 

ZooLights is back! The Oregon Zoo's walk-through winter wonderland of more than 1.6 million colored lights opens...

Zoo's popular light display is bigger than ever!

ZooLights is back! The Oregon Zoo's walk-through winter wonderland of more than 1.6 million colored lights opens for its 30th season on Nov. 24 and it's more popular than ever.

Members are invited to a special members-only preview night on Wednesday, November 22. Be the first to view the Oregon Zoo's annual winter festival, ZooLights!The zoo opens each day at 9:30 a.m., and ZooLights tickets are valid after 4 p.m.

Ride MAX and skip the parking.

ZooLights is free for members every day. Click the "Purchase tickets" button to pre-purchase your train tickets, or to purchase tickets for other people in your party not covered by your membership. 

ZooLights Value Night


Be a part of the ZooLights tradition!

ZooLights is a longstanding and beloved Portland tradition, with thousands of visitors most nights. During the festival, the zoo is ablaze with the glow of more than 1.5 million lights, with music and entertainment every evening. We will be booking voluntary performances almost every night that ZooLights is in operation, and we hope you can join us in making this the most memorable ZooLights yet!

ZooLights will run Friday, November 24, 2017 through Sunday, January 7, 2018 with the exception of December 24-25 and January 1-4. Hours are from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday to Sunday.

Eligible programs:


Zoo For All is based on Oregon's Regional Arts & Culture Council's popular Arts For All program, which allows Oregon Trail card-holders to purchase tickets to many arts and culture events throughout the region for $5. 

Note - while Zoo For All cannot be combined with other offers or promotions, you can buy Zoo For All tickets and still get a TriMet discount. Oregon Zoo offers $1.50 off admission when you show proof of ridership when you take the MAX or a bus to the zoo. Benefits cards must be shown to receive discount, but cannot be used to purchase tickets. The discount is not valid for Zoolights, Zoo Concerts or other special events.

Enjoy the Oregon Zoo for a fraction of the cost with $5 admission per person.


The zoo's popular Second Tuesday admission-discount program offers a reduced admission price of $5 on the second Tuesday of each month. (As always, children 2 and younger are admitted free.)

Visitors who ride MAX light rail or a TriMet bus to the zoo avoid parking fees and receive an additional $1.50 off their already discounted Second Tuesday admission with proof of ridership. For fare and route information, call TriMet customer service at 503-238-RIDE (7433), or visit




Q.   Who can buy $5 Tickets to the zoo?

A.   Oregon and Washington residents who receive food stamps through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), has the Oregon Trail Card or Washington Quest Card, is a foster family, or receives benefits through any of the following programs:

  • Medicaid/CHIP - Oregon Health Plan
  • Section 8 Housing
  • WIC
  • Free/reduced school lunch
  • TANF
  • Head Start

Q.   How does it work?

A.    If you receive benefits on one of the programs listed, simply bring in the approved documentation and an Oregon or Washington photo identification showing that you are the person receiving benefits, and you and your immediate family (up to 6 total people) will receive discounted admission to the zoo at $5 per person. The cashier will review your documentation and process your entry. Please note that the zoo does not control the parking lots in Washington Park, and parking is not included in the discounted price. SNAP credit on the Oregon Trail Card or Washington Quest Card cannot be used to buy tickets or purchase food inside the zoo.

Q.   How many tickets can I buy for $5 each?

A.    Up to six (6) tickets per visit / transaction for you and your immediate family. One transaction per day.

Q.   Where do I get the Zoo For All tickets?

A.    Zoo For All tickets must be purchased at the zoo on the day of your visit. Tickets are not available in advance.

Q.   Can other people use my EBT Card/WIC Folder to buy discounted tickets?

A.    No. You must present photo identification showing that the documentation belongs to you or that you are one of the people listed on the WIC folder.

Q.   Do I have to show a photo identification?

A.    Yes. You must be able to show that the approved documentation belongs to you. If you are unable to provide the required documentation, you will not be allowed discounted entry.

Q.   What is the age of dependent children?

A.   For our purposes, dependent children are those living in your household under the age of 18. Anyone over the age of 18 who is receiving benefits should have their own documentation and identification.

Q.   I need supervised visitation with my children. Can the officer/supervisor get into the Zoo under this program as well?

A.    If the officer/supervisor is able to provide identification which shows they are working, they will also be allowed discounted admission. 

We are committed to serving all of our community and ensuring that economic circumstances are not obstacles to experiencing the benefits of connecting to wildlife that the Oregon Zoo has to offer.

Zoo For All admission cannot be used with other discounts (except the TriMet discount) or special offers and is valid only during regular zoo hours. Proof of enrollment in qualifying programs, along with valid photo identification, are required at the time of purchase. Zoo For All is available only for qualified individuals age 18 and older and their immediate family (up to six total guests) attending the zoo at the same time as the qualified participant, one transaction per person per day. Without verification, Oregon Zoo reserves the right to decline discounted admission. This program and its benefits are not transferable, redeemable for cash, or exchangeable for any other products or services. Oregon Zoo may change, modify, or eliminate the Zoo For All program at any time without notice. 


Pets policy: To protect plants, wildlife and people, Metro does not allow pets at most regional parks and natural areas. Pets can damage sensitive habitat and threaten wildlife the region has worked to protect. In natural areas where dogs are not allowed, people see more wildlife and get closer to it. Seeing-eye dogs or other service animals are allowed. Please bring cleanup materials.