Drive to ZooLights

 Plenty of Pay-to-Park options are available!


Extra precautions are in place at ZooLights this year to ensure the safety of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic, including timed ticketing, mask requirements, limited capacity, and a new drive-through option.


Expect much smaller crowds and ample parking near the zoo and in Washington Park. 

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On-site Parking

On-site parking is available at the zoo! Check our real-time parking widget for parking availability.

All vehicles must pay to park. 

For a touchless parking experience, avoid the meter and use Parking Kitty!


Overflow Parking

No overflow parking this year. Overflow parking and shuttle lots will not be necessary for this year's ZooLights, due to smaller crowds and event capacity restrictions.

Oversized Vehicle Parking

Bus and RV parking is extremely challenging during ZooLights. Buses and RV’s 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.


We strongly discourage oversize vehicles from parking in the lots near the Zoo entrance during ZooLights. If you have an oversize vehicle, Lot A can accommodate vehicles up to 25 feet (two spaces).


We strongly encourage people who have a vehicle over 25 feet to take an alternative mode to ZooLights, such as MAX or Lyft. Vehicles over 25 feet may not find parking or may get blocked in.

Oversize vehicles are not permitted on drive-through nights.

Try Park & Ride from Sunset Transit Center 

The Sunset Transit Center is an 8-minute drive from the Oregon Zoo and is right off US-26. It has over 600 free parking spaces and the MAX arrives every 8-10 minutes. Learn more about Park & Ride. Learn more.