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Parking for ZooLights is limited

Onsite Parking

Limited onsite parking is available at the zoo, but fills early. Before you go, check real-time parking availability.  All vehicles must pay to park.

Effective November 19 - January 9: ZooLights special event parking rates apply after 4 p.m.

  • At onsite pay stations: $3.60/hour | $10.80 max

  • With Parking Kitty app: $3.20/hour | $9.60 max (zone 400)


Offsite Overflow Parking

If attending ZooLights on a Friday or Saturday after 6 p.m., or between Dec. 17 – Jan. 1, 2022, look for signs as you enter the Park about potential availability for parking in our offsite overflow lot (5319 SW Westgate Dr). 

If the main zoo lots are full and the overflow offsite lot is open, you'll be able to park there for free and take a free shuttle to and from the zoo. Please allow a few extra minutes for travel time and be prepared to wait outdoors for shuttles.

Note: parking at the offsite lot may be needed throughout the busy holiday season and is subject to availability. During busy evenings, the zoo will remain flexible on entry times.


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Oversized Vehicle Parking

Bus and RV parking is extremely challenging during ZooLights. Buses and RVs are allowed to park in certain areas of the Park when parking availability permits. When parking in numbered spaces, payment is required for each space occupied.


Oversized vehicles may park at gravel pullouts along SW Kingston Dr, in the parallel spaces along SW Sherwood Blvd near the reservoirs, or in Lot A near the Oregon Zoo. We recommend arriving early, so you can find a spot that will be easy and safe to exit. We strongly encourage people who have a vehicle over 30 feet to take an alternative mode to ZooLights, such as MAX or via rideshare.

Try Sunset Transit Center 

The Sunset Transit Center is approximately an 8-minute drive from the Oregon Zoo and is right off US 26. It offers 600+ free parking spaces after 4 p.m. and the MAX arrives every 8-10 minutes. Directions to Sunset Transit Center.