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 endan-
gered 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 Portland,
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-vis-ited site in Oregon, attracting more than
9. 5 million visitors annually. The square’s
on-site resources include the Travel Portland
Visitor Information 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.
3229 NW Pittock Drive, Portland, OR 97210
families have gathered here.
Be a part of the biggest family in town.
Join the Oregon Zoo and the whole world opens up to you.
Join at the zoo or visit oregonzoo.org/membership