Oregon Zoo is hosting a summer happy hour series for 21+ guests

April 24, 2018 - 10:23am

The zoo’s summer happy hour series wraps up on September 5 with a party for otters, seals and beavers. 

Each happy hour features a different animal theme and September 5, the last one of the summer, will focus on the harbor seals, American beavers, Southern sea otters and river otters who live at the zoo. Learn about these animals from the keepers who care for them, all while having a blast (and a few beers) with your friends.

Visitors who are 21+ can enjoy a zoo experience with a date, friends or family at an adults-only event. 


Some of the area's favorite local food carts will be at the event, along with Oregon beer, wine, cider and other drink options.

Each happy hour will feature a different animal theme and this event will feature otters, beavers and seals.

Tickets are $24.95 per person, $19.95 for Oregon Zoo members. Ticket includes zoo admission and a drink ticket, plus lawn games, photo ops, keeper talks and fun animal sightings.

There are two VIP ticket options available:

The Harbor Seal and Sea Otter Experience: VIPs will go behind the scenes with the keepers, where they'll meet and watch a training session with the harbor seals Tongass, Kaya, Atuun and Sterling. VIPs will also get to meet and feed internet-famous sea otters Lincoln, Eddie and Juno. ($175, 3:30 p.m., 30 minutes, wheelchair-accessible)

The River Otter and Beaver Experience: VIPs will go behind the scenes with the keepers, where they get to meet and watch a training session with the zoo's river otters Tilly and BC and meet/feed the American beavers Aspen, Willow and Filbert. ($175, 4 p.m., 30 minutes, not wheelchair-accessible)

VIP tickets include early admission starting at 3:30, reserved parking, a behind-the-scenes encounter, a buffet, free beer and wine until 6 p.m., and a drink ticket for after 6 p.m.

The Oregon Zoo encourages all guests to take public transport to the zoo, which is located five minutes from downtown Portland, and is accessible by MAX Light Rail line. Visit Explore Washington Park for transportation and parking information.