Youngest orangutan

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This beautiful zoo features a primate reserve, a 'penguinarium' and a large African animals area, among many other impressive exhibits and a train that does a 1-mile loop around the grounds. Enclosures are spacious and seminatural. Big-name concerts take place on the zoo's lawns in summer.

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Nearby West Hills attractions

1. Portland Children's Museum

0.24 MILES

Parents can seek solace at this museum, a great place to keep kids busy with interesting learning activities and exhibits. There's a clay studio, a…

2. World Forestry Center


This center highlights the importance of the world's forests, with a focus on those of the Pacific Northwest. Exhibits delve into wildlife and climate as…

3. Washington Park

0.45 MILES

West of the city, Washington Park is a lush destination with 410 acres of green space, well-manicured gardens and forested trails. Within the parkland are…

4. Hoyt Arboretum

0.61 MILES

Twelve miles of trails wind through this 189-acre ridge-top garden above the city zoo. It's home to over 6000 native and exotic plants and trees…

5. Japanese Garden

0.74 MILES

Often called the most authentic Japanese garden outside Japan, this tranquil escape recently underwent a $30-million expansion under the guidance of…

6. International Rose Test Garden

0.79 MILES

These gardens practically gave Portland its 'Rose City' nickname. They sprawl across 4.5 acres of manicured lawns, fountains and flowerbeds, and on a…

7. Pittock Mansion

1.18 MILES

This grand and beautiful 1914 mansion was built by pioneer-entrepreneur Henry Pittock, who revitalized the Oregonian newspaper; his wife, Georgiana, also…

8. Portland State University

1.31 MILES

This pretty campus is at the southwestern corner of downtown. There's a good farmers market here on Saturday, and several food carts around.