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Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle

4.2
#2 of 7 in Zoos & Aquariums in Washington State
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The winner of multiple Best National Exhibit awards from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, Woodland Park Zoo features a wide variety of species. You'll have the chance to see rare animals such as red pandas and snow leopards. Almost every environment in the world is represented among the zoo's inhabitants. Be sure to visit the lowland gorillas that made the park famous in the 1970s in the world's first immersion exhibit. Put Woodland Park Zoo at the forefront of your travel plans using our Seattle travel itinerary maker.
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  • Visited with my daughter when my husband was on a business trip. We really enjoyed all the exhibits and it was awesome that my 4 year old daughter was able to see most of the animals which can be diff...  more »
  • Was in Seattle took my granddaughter who is 3 to the zoo. She loved it so many animals lots to see. The animals look well cared for and happy. Lots of staff always ready to help. Loved the giraffe and...  more »
  • I thought the zoo was average. It's worth going to if your in the area. The staff was friendly. They have a variety of animals and the directions to different animals were clear to see.  more »
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  • The zoo has a more natural setting unlike others. It is beautiful and serene. I particularly enjoyed walking through the tropical jungle type areas. The animals are exquisite. We were able to see quite a few of them the day we went and we were fortunate to have a sunny day in Seattle! They also have a wonderful carousel that is run by solar power. I thought that was AWESOME!
  • A lot of people say that this isn't the best zoo. I feel this is because the animals aren't always visible. People need to realize this is because the large mammals especially have large exhibits so they can live happily in captivity. Woodland Park Zoo does a really good job of making sure their animals can be as happy as possible, which is much more important than making them constantly visible to the public. The most recent time I explored the zoo, I got to see two zookeeper talks, both of which were wonderfully informative and engaging. This zoo is worth the money. They help the public engage with endangered animals as well as support their conservation.
  • Most animals here are living more in habitats than exhibits, which seems the only reasonable future for zoological gardens. This zoo is brilliantly arranged. It packs an amazing amount into its space, but feels spacious and massive. You lose track of the fact that you're near streets, much less inside a medium city. The other not-large zoos I've seen are laughable and cruel compared to this one. Yet the people watching is indeed excellent, and the visiting kids are clearly having a blast. Annual membership is very reasonably priced. A loving and organized troop of locals are clearly keeping this place awesome with contributed time and money. ...The food and drinks are overpriced, but you're free to bring your own and the picnic areas are nice, so who cares?... Parking is limited and costs $6. The bus drops you right at the west entrance (55th and Phinney) so take that or your bike if you can.
  • I don't like zoos very much but as far as zoos go this is my favorite. Creating a natural-feeling setting is obviously a priority. I don't feel badly for most of the animals here at this zoo (even though I probably should). There are plenty of activities for kids as well. There are many exhibits, presentations, play structures, extra trails, etc. One of the downsides of having animals in a more natural habitat is that you often do not see the animals. But that is why this zoo is a better zoo than most. Because the animals are probably happier.
  • Awesome zoo! Really well designed, so that you can see all the animals without much backtracking or getting lost. The enclosures are big and the animals are active and happy. There's feedings and things going on all day.

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