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Entry prices for Portland attractions: opening day vs. today

Inflation is no fun, but these five Portland attractions have grown their number of offerings as their admission fees increased.

Black and white photo of children getting off of a train named the "Portland Zoo Railway."

The Portland Zoo Railway in 1961 at the “Washington Park Zoo.”

Photo via Portland City Archives

Family fun in the Portland area isn’t hard to come by, but many of our biggest attractions come with a price tag to match.

To see just how much costs have grown, we’re diving into local history to check out the first admission prices at five landmark attractions and comparing them to today’s costs.

Oregon Zoo

Founded as the Portland Zoo in 1888, this wildlife hub was once free. In 1959, it moved to its current location and greatly expanded its offerings.

  • After its 1959 move, the Oregon Zoo’s entry fees were 35 cents for adults and 20 cents for children.
  • Today, general admission is $24 for adults or $19 for children.
A black and white photo of the "Chutes" ride at Oak Amusement Park in 1907 with the Willamette River in the background.

The “Chutes” ride at Oaks Amusement Park in 1907.

Photo via Portland City Archives

Oaks Amusement Park

Established in 1905, this amusement park was designed to be a destination for riders on the developing interurban transportation system. Over the years, it’s attracted thrill seekers by adding theme park rides to the mix.

  • In 1905, admission was 10 cents for adults and 5 cents for children
  • General admission is now $44 or $49, depending on the day, with lower prices for children under 4 ft.

Did you know? The historic carousel (that dates back to 1912) and train are free to ride, no bracelet required.

A team photo of the very first Portland Trail Blazers

The very first Portland Trail Blazers team.

Portland Trail Blazers

This basketball team has been dunking in Rip City since 1970. The Blazers have watched fanfare grow since their early days — and ticket prices have climbed, too.

  • When the team debuted in 1970, tickets were $2-$4.
  • During the 2023-2024 season, Rip City fans paid $11-$92 for tickets, with center court seats averaging ~$150.
The exterior of of OMSI at its current location in 2010.

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry at its current home.

Photo via M.O. Stevens on Wikimedia Commons

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

The Oregon Museum Foundation was founded in 1944 and would eventually become OMSI. In 1992, the museum moved to a larger space on Southeast Water Avenue — its current location.

  • In 1992, admission was $5.25 for adults, $3.50 for kids, and $4.25 for seniors.
  • Today, general admission is $19 for adults, $14 for kids, and $16 for seniors.
Portland Timbers player Darlington Nagbe dribbling a soccer ball.

Timbers player Darlington Nagbe in the 2011 MLS season.

Photo via Rodrigo.Argenton on Wikimedia Commons.

Portland Timbers

This men’s soccer team began as a North American Soccer League expansion club in 1975. In 2011, they played their first season as an MLS team.

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