Seattle >Arts & Entertainment > Woodland Park Zoo
5500 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810347.668540 -122.353646
Neighborhoods: Northwest, Phinney Ridge, Northwest Seattle
Baby Penguin Alert! – I've been visiting the Woodland Park Zoo since I was small enough to be pulled around in a Red Flyer Wagon, and I still go to this day.
The baby penguin is here, and the snow leopard cubs are growing fast. The Flamingo Exhibit is on and I still love the otters. I'm so sad to have had to say goodbye to my favorite part of the zoo, the Nocturnal House, alas, funding was cut and it was the least 'green' exhibit there.
At Halloween, there's a Trick or Treat festival at the zoo, field trips and guided tours are available. There's a big food court with mostly "fast" quality food, a coffee/ice cream/treat shop, and large seating area.
Membership is affordable, and there are many perks to being a member, including bringing other guests at discounted rates or for free! Every summer, Zoo Tunes takes place, concerts at Woodland Park.
Keep our zoo alive and running, visit regularly and get to know the animals.
I'm bananas for monkeys! – I've been going to WPZ for over 3 decades, this year I actually bought a membership! The zoo had to close the Nocturnal House, but they did it cautiously and thoughtfully. Staff
NOT FOR SMALL KIDS – It's not about "habitat"-- the landscaping is OUT OF CONTROL. You take your toddler, and tell her she's going to see lions, tigers, and bears! You have to hoist her onto your shoulders at every exhibit, and all she's going to see is shrubs, dead trees and bamboo... and she has to walk a long, long, way from one disappointment to the next. If you like to pat yourself on the back for being politically correct, have fun missing the animals. If you have small children, just skip it and go to the Seattle Aquarium instead.
Nice picnic area – This zoo has come a long way! They have an interesting variety of animals that seem well cared for. Try to catch the presentation on the hawks, eagles, etc. Very interesting. The nocturnal house is fun, just remember to shhhhhhhhhhhh! It's fun to go in the winter when it's not crowded and you can still see the animals. Don't forget some of the outerlying areas - great animals there too!
Good zoo – The woodland park zoo is a pretty good zoo. The exihbits are nice...I agree that the new design makes it a little harder to see animals, but I can't blame them...I guess its good that the animals can escaped when they don't want to be bothered. There is still a lot to see even with the new design. They have a pretty good Halloween program for kids. The only downside is that it is more expensive than it used to be.
An outdoor, family-friendly concert series that epitomizes summer--and keeps the giraffes and lions grooving. – In Short
On summer nights, the Woodland Park Zoo's North Meadow is a patchwork of blankets sprinkled with families toting picnic baskets. They come out for the Zoo's long-running summer concert series, which has attracted the likes of Roberta Flack and Rickie Lee Jones. The vibe here is kid-appropriate (no alcohol allowed, kids 12 and under enter free with an adult), and with only festival seating, shows are summery to the hilt.
Great Lazy Day – After the zoos new renovation it is better than ever. All the animals have their new exhibits which they look more comfortable in, and the atmosphere is just more relaxed. You might not be able to see all the animals because the new exhibits are supposed to let them hide if they feel pressured by the public, but any animal lover would agree that's better than a steel cage. It's a great way to spend a day especially if you can get there early on a weekday to avoid the crowds. Highly recommended for a lazy day.
"New" Zoo Overrated – As the Zoo prices have skyrocketed, I feel what the zoo visitor gets is less and less. The last two times I took my granddaughter, we hardly were able to see any animals, there was construction going on all over (we were not told of this or that the map we were given was worthless). You have to hunt to find exhibits for one animal, only to find they're not currently there. In the last three visits, I have been unable to find any of the highly touted animals other than a gorilla, elephants, and a few zebras and gazelle off in the distance.
I believe that the Woodland Park Zoo is suffering from the same malady as many other "modern" zoos that are geared more toward expensive breeding programs and garnering awards for landscaping--for which they have to raise prices and sell overpriced merchandise and food.
WHAT A BLAST!!!!! – Great learning experience. Learn/see something new every time you visit. Fun for even the youngest in the family.
Lots of fun! – Very fun! Amazing exhibits and great food! Fun for the whole family!
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