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Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.2/5 based on 1,400+ reviews on the web
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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  • I have been coming to this zoo ever since I was little and know it like the back of my hand! It is very easy to navigate and you won't be doing too much doubling back to see everything. The animals ar...  read more »
  • When was I for the last time in the Zoo? Probably as a child, then I got shunned more zoos. The trip here was worth it but really, the plant is very neat and pretty. The biodiversity of animals is overwhelming. Would I recommend also others that are otherwise not so on zoo visits.
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  • I don't know why, but I didn't expect the zoo to be so beautiful. Not only are the animals great to see, but the trees and all the foliage this time of year were amazing. 
  • They have an excellent array of animals of all kinds, including a large penguin exhibit which they have a zookeeper talk to the crowd about around 1:30 pm of certain days, which was quite entertaining and informative. The Zoo also has multiple areas where various bird species are free-roaming where attendees walk. Many areas such as the Otter exhibit have low clear walls where you can see under the water and easily take photos above the barrier. When we visited one of the tigers, a large male, was quite happy to roll around on his back right in front of one of the viewing areas, though the Jaguars were busy pacing, and the lion was sleeping in a remote corner. The butterfly enclosure was more of a concentration camp for butterflies, a bit depressing, but the rest of the Zoo was quite nice, and most of the animals seemed perfectly content.
  • This zoo is a nice size, with your staple animals and a northern animals section I haven't seen at other zoos. At peak times, the crowds of young children can get frustrating in getting through the aviaries' double doors, and you can easily miss one of the indoor buildings (tree kangaroos!), but the exhibits generally seem reasonably sized and outfitted. The Thai jungle exhibit is now fairly empty (I believe they took out the elephants), and the African Safari primarily consists of long-distance viewing. The named membership allows for unlimited visits for the year and half off admission for up to two guests every time. In the winter season, many of the animals are off exhibit, but the admission price is half off as well. I believe half priced admission is also available on certain rainy days. With a decent raincoat, this is an activity which is still doable on a drizzly day (though maybe not with small children). Don't miss: Baby gorilla, penguins, river otters
  • This zoo can actually make you nervous as you're walking through it because it was designed so that in some parts you feel like you're in the wild with the animals. Sometimes zoos are boring, but this one is really enjoyable, even when you're just walking between exhibits. The exhibits themselves are big and you don't feel like you're looking at animals in a box, but rather it's almost like a wild animal park. There are also areas where you can get inside with the animals, like the bird exhibit, butterflys and a couple others. One of the best attractions in Seattle.
  • This zoo is not the biggest or most elaborate but it is clean and well maintained. You can get close to the animals here, which is great for photos. We came later in the day, but apparently it is better to come early. My wife fed the penguins. It is like $5 but she enjoyed it.
  • Nice. Buy an annual membership for one person in the family, and get half priced tickets for two others. Food court order lines can be too long. Bring your own food. Wish they were open till 7pm in summer, atleast on weekends. Great family fun place. Car parking is not free for members however, which should be. But it's very cheap through.
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