Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, Eatonville

4.5
#5 of 11 in Zoos & Aquariums in Washington State
Scout for moose, elk, caribou, mountain goats, bison and more from trams in the free-roaming area. Stroll forested pathways to see grizzly bears, wolves, lynx, cougars, eagles and more in beautiful natural exhibits. Get up close to a porcupine, skunk, beaver, owl and other animals at daily Trailside Encounters with a keeper. Take a ride on the zip line adventure course through the forested canopy. Learn more at www.nwtrek.org.
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  • We had an amazing time at this place! The park for the kids is the perfect size and the tram ride in the free roaming area was so fun and informative. My kids who are 4 1/2 and 1 1/2 had an awesome ti...  more »
  • This is a great wildlife park. The best feature of the park is the tram ride. We saw a lot of animals...caribou; elk; bighorn sheep; and bison. This was fantastic for the grand kids and adults as well...  more »
  • Took the family to this park and was incredibly pleased. It's not a large park but it does pack a lot of value for the price. The staff was very pleasant and the time spent here was easy on the kids a...  more »
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  • Very special place for us! Took our 7 yr old grandson, with more family also, and we're truly amazed! Our first visit there and I urge every family to experience Northwest Trek! Our driver and guide on our tram ride (akin to a Jurassic Park tour) was incredibly knowledgeable about all or different species and land. Also, walking, "self" tour of many animals and at your own pace. Well planned and interactive play areas for young children. Variety of zip lines with safe and super instructions.(and short practice runs!) GO GO GO TO THIS PLACE!
  • We drove here from Olympia, WA and it was well worth the effort. I was with a family group of 8, and we all had a good time. It is in a beautiful forest and wetlands setting with a great variety of plants and trees. It is devoted to the animals native to the area. It was very well designed, well-run, with knowledgeable and friendly naturalists and staff. There is a 40-minute tram ride that takes you into the heart of the preserve. We saw caribou, bison, and moose literally next to the roadway - with one bison blocking our path for a bit. We also saw bighorn sheep, mountain goats, and black-tailed deer. An osprey was also sitting in a tree. In the enclosures (zoo-type area) we saw beaver, raccoons, red fox, cougar, mountain lion, a black bear, a barn and snow owl, and a vulture. Unfortunately for me, the otters were hiding. I have been to wild animal parks and zoos around the country. This one was unique for its beautiful wooded surroundings and the quality of the tram ride and enclosures.
  • I kept seeing billboard advertisements about smelling moose breath and to say I was intrigued is an understatement for sure !! Once arriving, I immediately felt excited yet relaxed due to the nurturing vibes from the large indigenous trees that surrounded us. The admissions clerk was both pleasant and helpful, which is always a great way to start a day at a place such as the Wildlife Park. Now onto the real stars of the show... the wildlife ! Wow!!! The variety of animals definitely satisfies the desire to experience and learn as much as you can about the environment in which you reside. I’m an owl lover so I was beyond satisfied by the owls in the park, they were beautiful. I had the pleasure of seeing giant golden eagles as well and that was a delight. The tram ride and tour was awesome. There are literally caribou walking right beside you, antlers almost touching your face through the window!!! One caribou male in particular is quite fond of the attention he receives from people Lol!! There are wolves, bears, wild cats, black tail deer, otters, beavers, bison, skunks, porcupines , and so much more! Not to mention, the “bonus animals”, as the naturalists like to call them ,that make their own way into the park. My only gripe is that the baby grizzly cubs were missing from the park the day I went. Other than that, I’d definitely recommend a visit for sure! If you’re a lover of nature and preservation of animals , then the Northwest Trek Wildlife Park will become a favorite of yours!!
  • Ehh I was on the edge between ranking 3.5-4 I’ll give a generous 4. Just for me taking my niece I spent about 53.00$ that was 24.00$ entrance fee for just me my her ticket was free thanks to timberland library. We got here right in time for Bus tour for bison my favorite thing. The trails are nice but this time a lot of exhibits were closed or trails were blocked. Technically went the last week of August. But I spent 24 for entrance 20 for stuffed animal 8 for drinks. Parking is still free or added into the cost of entrance because she was sad we didn’t see bears or coyotes or wolves. They were cleaning cage and or not available to see yet. She enjoyed the kids features but I was sad we didn’t get to see the animal we wanted to because it was a perfect day to see them not to hot or cold. I love this place I like what they updated kids areas for playing and relaxing but when exhibits are closed I’m Disappointed.overall we had fun lots of walking so if your handicap I recommend a electric scooter to move through park they have ramp on tour bus. Side note they mention how the original owners bought the land for 4$ acre kind of tacky to me cause I know history of land. But overall we had fun.
  • I remembered this park being much more exciting when I was a kid. I took my son here recently and I was disappointed. We didn't see many animals on our visit. Maybe we just weren't lucky but it makes me nervous to try again. Don't waste your money on any food there. My hamburger wasn't very good. Same with the waffle fries. I threw it all away. My son had fun in the play area which was probably the highlight of his visit.
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