Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle

4.3
#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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  • We've gone to the Woodland Park Zoo every time we've visited our daughter and her family in Seattle. Our two-year-old grandson has enjoyed it from the very first time he could look at the animals from...  more »
  • The Woodland Park zoo is a fantastic place to see wild animals in representations of their native habitat. It is a well laid out zoo, with many newly restored exhibits to give the animals plenty of sp...  more »
  • We where there for an afternoon and went back to see "wildlights". Very fun time. I really like the attention to detail that they put into their inclosures. An afternoon wasn't really enough time. Go ...  more »
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  • I had a great time at the zoo. It's seriously a perfect value for a day out with the family. We went the week before Christmas, and there were very few people there, which made it perfect. Our kids had a blast and got to spend as much time as they wanted at each attraction. The whole place was surprisingly big. I come from San Diego, where the San Diego Zoo can take a couple days to really take in, so I didn't have great expectations for Woodland Park. However, it was pretty big! We spent a good... 6 hours there. Admission pricing was great - we'll probably get a yearly pass since you only have to go a couple times to make it worth it. My only minor complaint was the food. We got lunch - some fried chicken sandwiches, mac and cheese, and a cheeseburger. It was pretty expensive, and it was just okay. What can you do, though? Overall, great experience. Highly recommended. Fun time!
  • Really a solid experience. They seem to have a good way to get the animals closer to the glass. The gorillas and the orangutans are basically right in your lap. Petting zoo as well but no duh. The only animals I had issue seeing is the bear and the hippo. We did get to see the hippo this time but no bear again. Food is on the high side but not more then any other zoo. Didn't see any of the shows or anything but the staff was pleasant. Wild lights was really well done. Lots of stuff to see. Cool parties going on. You can get Coco and what not. Really a good place.
  • We went here for the Wildlights show 2 times and it was a lot of fun. The lights were very pretty and we could see that they folks put a lot of effort into maintaining the park and also the show. The admission price is a little high (~$12/adult) for what you get but I believe some of the profits does go to some sort of charity so I’m fine with paying. If you go in the winter, don’t forget to check out the clam chowder at the food stand. It will warm you up nicely!
  • No loins or tigers. Was hoping to show the kids. But SUPER fun place. A lot of animals and best part is your kids and your self experience wild life. Being caged is one thing but cheering them up is another. My kids had a blast loved every bit of it.
  • My husband and I really enjoyed our visit. Keep in mind you'll likely have to pay for the toll bridge and Zoo parking is $6.50. The extra expenses didn't take away from our trip. It was cloudy and a bit chilly, but there were plenty of active animals to see. We came right before feeding time for the hippo, so we stuck around to watch that. There's several bird exhibits where the birds roam freely. The glass windows for the more dangerous animals get pretty close so you can usually get a good view. It's a nice place for a day trip.😊

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