4001 SW Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221
At the Oregon Zoo, you can see the world in
an afternoon—it’s home to more than 2,000
animals from around the world. Renowned
for its conservation work and elephant
breeding program, the zoo houses 21 endangered species and more than 30 threatened
species. Award-winning exhibits, summer
concerts, special events and a scenic train
route help draw 1. 6 million visitors to the
zoo each year.
The zoo is located in Washington Park, five
minutes from downtown on Highway 26
West, or about 10 minutes via MAX light
rail (Blue or Red line, Washington Park
stop). Open daily; admission charged.
Pioneer Courthouse Square
701 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
Located in the heart of downtown Port-
land, Pioneer Courthouse Square is
affectionately known as the city’s “living
room.” Once a grim parking structure,
the square is now a thriving urban park
and the single most-visited site in Oregon,
attracting more than 9. 5 million visitors
annually. The square’s on-site resources
include the Travel Portland Visitor Infor-
mation Center and the TriMet public
transit ticket office. Nearby, you’ll often
find the green-clad Sidewalk Ambassadors
eager to help with directions, advice and
information about downtown.
Named after the Pioneer Courthouse (the
Pacific Northwest’s oldest federal building)
located on the public space’s eastern side,
the square began as the Portland Hotel in
1890. In 1950 the hotel became a two-story
parking garage, and in 1984 it was reborn
as a bustling city park where light rail and
buses converge. These days, the square is
where workers, visitors and families gather
to enjoy the city, catch a ride elsewhere and
even enjoy a meal at the food carts parked
on the bricks.
The square is also one of Portland’s leading
outdoor venues, hosting 300 events each
year, from large-scale concerts to cultural
festivals. For example, the Portland Farmers
Market fills the Pioneer Courthouse Square
every Monday from 10 a.m.– 2 p.m., June–
October. In the summer, the Noon Tunes
concert series fills the lunch-hour air with
free live music on Tuesdays and Thursdays,
and on Fridays, Flicks on the Bricks transforms the “living room” into Portland’s
biggest movie theater, with no-cost, family-friendly fare. But the square hosts more
than summertime excitement; every year,
the city’s Thanksgiving parade ends here,
with the lighting of the region’s largest decorated holiday tree, and an array of festive
events, like the Tuba Christmas Concert
and the Holiday Ale Festival, keep the space
merry and bright.
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