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Some people find the zoo a tad depressing, but these people probably haven't been to the Oregon Zoo. Here, animals are rescued and given a second chance at life, as the zoo provides rehabilitation, education, and considerable efforts towards the conservation of vulnerable species. Plus, you get to…
Zoo's are always cool and they host great concerts here also. Check out their schedule. Parking can be challenging during concerts and beautiful weather weekends.
We have had fun times exploring with the family here! Easy walking for you and the kids.... And it is next door to the Children's Museum.
Great zoo but not great until the summer of 2020. Lots of construction right now.
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