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Parking for ZooLights is limited

Parking fills early, even in the overflow lots.

On-site Parking

Limited on-site parking is available at the Zoo. Expect parking to be full by 4:30pm on weekends and weekdays when school is out. Overflow lots will fill, too, typically by 6pm on weekends and the weekdays when school is out. 

All vehicles must pay to park. 

ZooLights rate: $8 ($3/hour) after 4 pm

Effective November 22 - January 6

Avoid the meters. Use Parking Kitty.

zone 400

Overflow Parking

Overflow lots will fill typically by 6pm on weekends and the weekdays when school is out.  The overflow lots are offered on most nights when main lots fill. But overflow lots also fill quickly! Look for signs on US 26 indicating the overflow lots are open. A free shuttle will bring you to and from the Zoo. Be prepared to wait outdoors; shuttle lines have a long wait.

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.

Oversize vehicles may park at gravel trailheads along SW Kingston Dr, in the parallel spaces along SW Sherwood Blvd near the reservoirs, or in Lot A near the Oregon Zoo, Portland Children's Museum, and World Forestry Center. We recommend arriving early, so that you can find a spot that will be easy and safe to exit. TriMet Line-63 or Lyft/Uber can be used to reach the front entrance of the Zoo if parking is not available within walking distance of the Zoo.


We strongly discourage oversize vehicles from parking in the lots near the Zoo entrance during ZooLights. The lots can accommodate vehicles up to 30 feet (two spaces). We strongly encourage people who have a vehicle over 30 feet to take an alternative mode to ZooLights, such as MAX or Lyft.  Vehicles over 30 feet may not find parking or may get blocked in .

Try 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. 

Main lot parking area, overflow parking area, and Sunset Transit Center

Sunset Transit Center

  • Free parking.

  • Discount on Zoo Admission when you show your fare!

Sylvan Overflow Lot

  • Only opened some nights when main lots full.

  • Be preapred to wait outside for the shuttle.

Main Zoo lots

  • Pay to park.

  • Closed when lots are full.

  • Limited drop off available.