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The Oregon Zoo offers 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. 

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 zoo concerts or other special events. Qualifying families may use Zoo For All for daytime admission before 4 p.m. and stay on grounds for ZooLights, which runs through Jan. 5. 


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), have the Oregon Trail Card or Washington Quest Card, are a foster family, or receive benefits through any of the following programs:

  • Medicaid/CHIP - i.e. Oregon Health Plan and Apple Health
  • 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. 

The Oregon Zoo is open every day of the year, except Dec. 25.


Hours change seasonally

  • May 25, 2019 - Sept 2, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sept. 3, 2019 - May 24, 2020 - 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Grounds remain open one hour after close.

Admission rates

Park package - Best value!
Includes admission, train and carousel
Adult (12 and up): $22.95
Child (3-11, children under 2 are free): $17.95

Regular admission
Adult (12 and up): $17.95
Child (3–11): $12.95
2 and under: Free

Train: $4
Carousel: $3
Zoo key: $3.50

Cash, credit or debit cards are accepted. Checks or money orders are not accepted.


  • The zoo has discounted afternoon events once a month from June - August called Twilight Tuesdays
  • Zoo For All: Qualifying Oregon and Washington individuals and families can purchase admission tickets for only $5 per person. 
  • Taking a large group to the zoo? Twenty or more paid admissions qualify for a group rate when purchased in one transaction.
  • Ride the bus or light rail to the zoo, show your transit ticket, HOP card, or TriMet pass and get $1.50 off the price of admission.
  • Veterans and active service members and retirees receive a $2 discount when they show a military or veteran organization ID, discharge papers, or other official military identification. Discount does not apply to dependents, family, or friends accompanying military personnel.
  • Discounts may not be combined. One discount per regular admission rate.

Parking rates

Parking fees mirror downtown Portland's hourly rate of $2 per hour with a $8 daily maximum.

Purchase tickets online

Purchasing your tickets online lets you skip the lines at the entrance and come enjoy the zoo sooner.  Your online tickets are valid for one year from the date of purchase.  ZooLights tickets are valid during ZooLights only. Questions? Contact us or call 503-226-1567.

Field trips

Bring your class to the zoo and expose students to one of Oregon's most vivid learning experiences.

Zoo keys

Unlock the secrets of the zoo and learn about your favorite animal at talk boxes on zoo grounds. Purchase a zoo key with your admission or any zoo retail location for $3.50.

Social service agencies

Are you a client, provider or otherwise affiliated with a social service agency? You may qualify for free or reduced price tickets. Eligible providers work with government agencies to provide:

  • child and family services
  • mental health programs
  • programs for seniors
  • programs for homeless clients

Submit your request at least 30 days prior to your desired date. Designate the approximate number of clients and chaperones.

Weather-related closures

Rarely, the zoo closes because of ice, snow or other weather-related conditions. In the case of a closure, updates are posted on the front page of the website. When in doubt, call the zoo’s main telephone number, 503-226-1561, for up-to-date information.