Just how quickly can ZooLights parking fill? Every year, the sudden shock of "Zoo Parking Full" on signs along the highway can put panic into every Zoo-goer.
ZooLights will welcome thousands of visitors again this year, with about 80% of them driving to the park. But those in the know have caught on to a little-known secret: taking TriMet MAX is the best way to get to the Zoo. In fact, it can even save you $5 per admission when you go on Weekends and the week of winter break.
So if you drive, what's the best time to come?
Plan your trip so you arrive at 4pm on weekend or the week of winter break. If can't do that, do yourself a favor: try Sunset Transit Center Park & Ride. It's just an 8 minute MAX ride from Washington Park, with plenty of FREE parking! And a family of 4 gets up to $20 off ZooLights admission for taking MAX!
Otherwise, you might be out of luck for parking on site!
Check real-time parking availability at the park, anytime, too here.