Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle

4.2
#2 of 8 in Zoos & Aquariums in Washington State
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. A visit to Woodland Park Zoo represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Seattle tour planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Great fun for the whole family, our kids love it and I always take family here who are visiting while in town. Animals are awesome.  more »
  • This is a large zoo with lots of various exhibits and large spaces for the animals to roam. My toddler certainly enjoyed himself, especially with the penguins! Clean, friendly and knowledgeable staff....  more »
  • If you have not been to Woodland Park you need to come and visit here. It is one of North America's best zoos period and I've been to a bunch of them.From the staff to the exhibits and the layout to t...  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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