What's new for ZooLights 2018?
ZooLights is bigger than ever, with a continuous loop drawing visitors on a glowing, kaleidoscopic walk through the zoo. The popular carousel is back, and the train ride, a popular add-on attraction. There will also be a 23-foot-tall mosaic tree sculpture in the front entry, a projection light train tunnel and an animated lawn display to music.
Why is the pricing different for different nights?
Attendance typically peaks on weekends and the weeks surrounding Dec. 25. Reduced admission on Mondays through Thursdays through Dec. 13 offers guests an opportunity to save money while visiting on nights that are less busy. On regular ZooLights nights the zoo is offering a $5 discount for MAX riders to alleviate parking congestion.
ZooLights tickets vs. regular zoo tickets—what’s the difference?
ZooLights tickets are valid after 4 p.m. To enter the zoo earlier, a regular admission ticket must be purchased. The zoo does not close between regular hours and ZooLights—daytime visitors are welcome to stay on grounds. However, there is no re-entry to the zoo after 4 p.m.
How much does ZooLights cost for members?
Oregon Zoo members get free admission to ZooLights. Visit the special offers page for more info about member discounts.
Can members bring guests to ZooLights?
Yes, members can bring guests to ZooLights just as they would on a regular zoo visit. The number of guests allowed is based on the membership level. Members are encouraged to buy additional guest tickets online for quicker entry.
What time do the lights come on?
Lights start turning on at 4 p.m., and are fully lit by 5 p.m.
When is the best time of day to visit ZooLights?
ZooLights is very popular during the first portion of the evening, from 5-7 p.m. Guests who want to avoid the crowds may want to visit after 7-7:30 p.m. The train lines tend to be longest from 6-7 p.m. The train will continue running until the line is gone, so experiencing the walk-through portion (95% of ZooLights) first may lead to the most positive guest experience.
What’s the least busy time to visit ZooLights?
ZooLights is busiest at the beginning of the evening, and crowds tend to thin out after 7:30 p.m. The least busy nights are weekdays during the first few weeks of ZooLights.
How long is the train ride and how much does it cost?
Train rides last 6-8 minutes. The ride includes lights not visible from the walking paths, but 95 percent of the displays are only visible on the walk-through experience. Trains begin running at 4:45 p.m. Tickets are $3.50 for members and $4 for all others.
When is the best time to ride the train?
Train lines tend to be longest from 6 to 7 p.m. To reduce wait time, the zoo is selling train rides in 15-minute increments. Visitors are encouraged to schedule their rides early by purchasing online here. Please factor in travel time and parking when choosing your timed ticket.
What if I miss the time I selected for my train ride?
Visitors who miss their selected ride period can join the line to get on the next available train.
What's the parking situation?
Learn more about parking and transportation options. Because parking lots fill quickly on busy evenings, visitors are encouraged to ride MAX to the zoo. The parking lot adjacent to the zoo is owned by Portland Parks, and fees collected are reinvested to improve Washington Park.
How do we take MAX to the zoo?
Parking lots often fill early in the evening, so riding MAX is the best way to guarantee you make it to ZooLights. Plan your MAX trip with TriMet's trip planner. Parking is available at the Sunset Transit Center after 4 p.m. weekdays and all day on weekends. Visitors can park for free and take the Blue or Red line one stop toward City Center to the Washington Park MAX station. Use the TriMet Trip Planner to plan your ZooLights trip.
Will ZooLights close for inclement weather?
Are there dinner and treat options available?
The Cascade Grill, Grill-to-Go, Black Rhino, and AfriCafe are open on ZooLights nights, as are carts along the ZooLights path featuring hot chocolate, popcorn and the zoo's signature treat—elephant ears. There will also be some local food cart faves at Elephant Plaza and near the Amphitheater on regular ZooLights nights, along with the Margarita cart (not on Value Nights). See the menu.
I want to perform at ZooLights. How do I sign up?
Please fill out the performance request form. Please note that due to demand not all groups may be scheduled.
Are wheelchairs available?
Strollers, wheelchairs and electric scooters are available for rent through the ZooStore in the entry plaza. Learn more about accessibility at the zoo.