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Woodland Park Zoo

Woodland Park Zoo

Phinney Ridge, Seattle
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    Ronnie B.
    "Maybe because I've been to Animal Kingdom at Disney though."(5 Tips)
    Cynthia D.
    "Best zoo I have ever seen."(5 Tips)
    Christopher B.
    "rare minerals and preserve habitat."(5 Tips)
    Michael B.
    "snow leopards play before nap time"(4 Tips)
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  • Sondra P.heart icon on user image
    Sondra PateeAugust 3, 2014
    Highly recommended!Plan your animal list map then pack a lunch Get there Early when they open the animals are very active during the morning they sleep late after lunch tend to not be as active after.
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    Sondra PateeApril 21, 2013
    Bring your own food and get there early because the animals are more active and you find free parking in the residential areas saves you money I also recommend get zoo membership depending on visits !
  • Cynthia D.heart icon on user image
    Cynthia DivinoMarch 5, 2017
    Best zoo I have ever seen. Animals are nearby, habitats are realistic and it is obvious the animals are well cared for. I will be back next time I visit Seattle!
  • Shreya L.
    Shreya LiuJanuary 16, 2022
    Been here 10+ times
    The kids love playing on the boat by the penguins. The Northern area has an indoor space where kids can see the otters swimming. I’ve heard the zoomazium is a lot of fun too but closed during COVID.
  • Kimmie N.
    Kimmie NguyenJune 20, 2016
    This is one of the most beautiful zoos I've ever visited. Very cleverly designed, but also considerate of how much space the residents need.
  • David W.
    David WunderlinFebruary 14, 2019
    This is an excellent place to visit and to explore the information about various kind of animals and birds. I love to visit their and always enjoyed a lot.
  • Larissa V.heart icon on user image
    Larissa VidalNovember 28, 2015
    WildLights - an inventive way to enjoy the night with your kiddo. Wander through the indoor Day Exhibit to spy boas, the tree kangaroo, and crocs while you warm up.
  • Natalie S.heart icon on user image
    Natalie SwaimAugust 6, 2016
    Make sure to get in early to avoid the crowds and check the daily schedule for shows/exhibit info. Example: Yola the baby gorilla is only on exhibit for a few hours each day at this time.
  • Molly D.heart icon on user image
    Molly DamenDecember 3, 2017
    The play place is our favorite place to visit at the end of the animals or just for a rainy day.
  • Mel C.heart icon on user image
    Mel CNovember 29, 2015
    BEST zoo! Make time to see the otters. Kids love them!
  • Jessie M.heart icon on user image
    Jessie MaxwellJuly 25, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Go when its rainy! There will be more parking available, fewer crowds, and sometimes its easier to see some animals because they're in their covered areas!
  • Keith N.heart icon on user image
    Keith NagelAugust 8, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    If you can't see the snow leopard, try standing in front of the raptor barn, facing west, and look up. Sometimes the snow leopard likes to people watch too!!
  • Aaron H.heart icon on user image
    Aaron HAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Pretty good zoo. Sometimes it can be hard to see some of the animals. Also food prices are high so bring your lunch.
  • Joy K.heart icon on user image
    Joy King LopezJune 14, 2015
    Lots of fun for kids. Feeding the ducks is a favorite.
  • Paul R.
    Paul Rodrigues IIMay 12, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Go early, as soon as it opens. Animals are more active and crowds aren't as bad. North and West entrances are closed permanently in favor of the the new NW gate. Get a membership, it's worth it :)
  • Ronnie B.
    Ronnie BaileyMarch 26, 2013
    Boring. Maybe because I've been to Animal Kingdom at Disney though. All the animals here were either sleep or hidden behind all the junk in their habitat.. Also the paper map is highly innacurate.
  • Faather A.heart icon on user image
    Faather AauroraaAugust 19, 2016
    awesome place. i love the room where you can sit and colorful birds fly all around.
  • Lillian Y.heart icon on user image
    Lillian YoungOctober 20, 2014
    There is always something new. Check their website to see if a rainy day discount is being offered.
  • Brian F.heart icon on user image
    Brian FlockMarch 1, 2015
    If you have a little one, become a member. It's great to be able to pop in and out.
  • Omar S.
    Omar ShahineJuly 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Skip the main food place and head to Pacific Blue Chowder House. The food is better and it's less crowded. The outdoor seating can be tough if it's raining so bring a towel to wipe down the seating.
  • Omkar K.heart icon on user image
    Omkar KurodeApril 3, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Very well maintained zoo. Mornings are better compared to afternoons. Animals do like their nap after lunch ;)
    HISTORYApril 7, 2010
    The zoo let's you step into an African savanna, an Asian elephant habitat and a tropical rain forest. The zoo also brings special exhibits, which have included monitor dragons, butterflies and other b
  • Christopher B.heart icon on user image
    Christopher BuckleyMarch 5, 2023
    Been here 10+ times
    Check for #KidAtHeart dates when all tickets (up to 5,000 per day) are sold at child admission prices.
  • Irene M.
    Irene MSeptember 6, 2012
    Over the years this zoo has been overhauled and expanded, with lush, updated and expansive naturalistic habitats. Every animal you want to see is here.
  • Chris M.heart icon on user image
    Chris MarshallSeptember 4, 2015
    Great exhibits, very clean, helpful and knowledgable staff, great gift shop
  • Dora
    DoraJune 30, 2010
    Enter at the North Gate (on 59th) or West Gate (Phinney and 55th) to avoid long lines at the South Gate (main entrance). Street parking is often available along Phinney.Powered by Read more
  • Christopher B.heart icon on user image
    Christopher BuckleyApril 23, 2023
    Been here 10+ times
    Save gorillas 🦍. Recycle ♻️ your handheld devices here to reclaim rare minerals and preserve habitat. Learn more at
  • Crystal Y.
    Crystal YamasakiMay 4, 2013
    Splurge for $5 and feed the giraffes! Totally worth the once in a lifetime experience!
  • Tom H.
    Tom HouserDecember 21, 2011
    Go during Christmas eve and see the holiday Christmas lights, the whole zoo is lit up.. its awesome!
  • Michael C.heart icon on user image
    Michael CioffiJuly 9, 2017
    Hardly any of the animals were out. It was disappointing to my little girl. And the pathways need some work. If you have mobility issues some of them can be tricky.
  • Kevin A.
    Kevin AsuncionJune 28, 2012
    If you're trying to decide between the Point Defiance Zoo and the Woodland Park Zoo, go with Woodland Park.
  • Diana M.heart icon on user image
    Diana MacyJuly 26, 2016
    Go early and see tons of hungry animals before they are seeking shade !
  • Carla J.
    Carla JeanJune 9, 2012
    All The Wild Cats Are GORGEOUS!! My Favorite Part Of The Day, I Can Actually Say I Fed Giraffes!! I LOVE GIRAFFES!!
  • Dan O.
    Dan O'LearyJuly 9, 2012
    Street parking available in the nearby neighborhood will save you the zoo parking fee in the lot.
  • K12 Inc
    K12 IncJune 16, 2011
    Did you know? Woodland Park Zoo began as the personal estate of a wealthy lumber mill owner named Guy Phinney. Phinney’s menagerie of animals included black bear, deer, and African ostriches. Read more
  • Michael B.
    Michael BNovember 22, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Get there at 9:30 AM for opening on a Sunday to hear the lions and tigers roar good morning to each other, see the snow leopards play before nap time, and feed the hungry birds at Willawong Station. Read more
  • Sue S.heart icon on user image
    Sue SavageMay 13, 2016
    The Asian Small Clawed Otters were adorable!
  • Daney P.
    Daney PayneAugust 20, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Download the woodland park zoo app on your mobile to get a special daily activity schedule, animal feedings, a digital map and more.
  • NASA
    NASADecember 7, 2010
    NASA pilots fly some of the fastest flight vehicles on the planet. The Peregrine Falcon is one of the fastest birds on the planet reaching speeds of 140mph! See one in action at the Raptor Center. Read more
  • Dave M.heart icon on user image
    Dave MasonApril 27, 2014
    The Zoonasium is a great place to play on a rainy day.
  • Josh W.heart icon on user image
    Josh WilliamsAugust 12, 2016
    Bring your kids here to wear them out, while enjoying the Seattle summer.
  • Ryan G.
    Ryan GallagherMarch 3, 2019
    Been here 25+ times
    Check out the zoo tunes lineup to hear great bands in the meadow every year. 🎶
  • Penny B.heart icon on user image
    Penny B.September 22, 2015
    One if the best zoos that we have been to.
  • Matt L.heart icon on user image
    Matt LopezAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Some of award winning exhibits are just awesome.
  • Erika H.
    Erika HFebruary 21, 2012
    Got a free sea turtle bobble-head at the gift shop for my first check in! Also, best looking male lion I've seen in a zoo, he even roared!
  • Steve C.
    Steve CMarch 1, 2015
    Better see the elephants. They will be closing that exhibit soon! Moving them all to Oklahoma
  • Jeff H.heart icon on user image
    Jeff HackmeisterApril 24, 2012
    One of the best places to spend a sunny afternoon with the family in Seattle Read more
  • Stephen S.heart icon on user image
    Stephen SwisherMay 30, 2015
    Awesome animals and beautiful grounds.
  • Tom H.
    Tom HouserDecember 21, 2011
    Buy some Zoo Doo - I love leaving the Zoo with a gallon of poo. During spring and summer they have a "Fecal Fest". Heh.. thats awesome.
  • Kylene W.heart icon on user image
    Kylene WolfeSeptember 3, 2022
    Great concert! Saw shakey graves!!
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