The wildest place in the state, the 64-acre Oregon Zoo is located two miles southwest of downtown Portland within Washington Park. It is home to more than 2,000 animals from around the world. Renowned for its conservation work and elephant breeding program, the zoo houses 21 endangered species and more than 30 threatened species. Award-winning exhibits, summer concerts, special events and a scenic train route help draw 1.6 million visitors to the zoo each year.
One of the nation's leading science museums, OMSI comprises 219,000 square feet of brain-powered fun. Five enormous halls bring science to life with hundreds of interactive exhibits and displays. Experience an earthquake, take part in live lab demonstrations, see a movie in The Empirical (a four-story giant-screen theater), explore the universe in a world-class planetarium and even tour a real submarine. The museum is located on the east bank of the Willamette River along the scenic Eastbank Esplanade.