Today at the zoo

Today’s programs and events

Train and carousel

      • The zoo train and carousel are running every ZooLights evening starting at 4:45pm. 

Important hours

      • Cascade Grill is open Friday - Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
      • Africafe is open daily starting at 11 a.m.
      • Cascade to Go kiosk is open at 9:30 a.m.
      • Coffee Crossing is open from 10 a.m.
      • Elephant Ears is open at 11 a.m.
      • Trailhead Snacks is open at 11:30 a.m.

Construction or accessibility notes

Animal habitats closed while we complete the final community-funded bond projects: 

      • Orangutans - returning 2020
      • Rhinos - returning 2020
      • Hippos - closed permanently to expand rhino habitat
      • Polar bears - returning 2020

Learn more about the new habitats and the other bond-funded projects.

Parking or riding

Guests are strongly encouraged to ride MAX to the zoo, especially during busy weekends and event days.

All Washington Park attractions use a Pay-to-Park system. Parking fees mirror downtown's daytime hourly rate of $2/hour with a $8 daily maximum. ($3 per hour during ZooLights) 

Ride transit and receive $1.50 off admission with each proof of ridership.

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