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Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle: 10 reviews and 19 photos

  West Entrance to the Zoo will soon be replaced
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      West Entrance to the Zoo will soon be replaced
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      map of the Woodland Park Zoo
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  • thick growth along zoo trails makes it feel large - Seattle
      thick growth along zoo trails makes it feel large
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      Woodland Park Zoo snow leopard gave birth recently
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On the north side of Seattle there is a complex of fairly large parks made up of adjoining Green Lake Park and Woodland Park. Inside the boundaries of Woodland Park is Seattle's Woodland Park zoo.

The Woodland Park Zoo is a good zoo, but it is also not the extensive facility that you would find at, for example, the San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park, where extensive habitat is available for some of the animals.

However, operating within the confines of a city zoo environment, the Woodland Park Zoo is quite good at what it has.

One of the features that I do like about it is the extensive plant life along the trails. This gives the zoo a much more wild feel, and by reducing the site distances allows the zoo to have a much larger feel for the visitors to the zoo (and we can hope it also holds true for the animals that call this place their permanent home).

While there are a fairly wide selection of animals from Asia, Africa and South America, the North America and Pacific Northwest section has a fairly nice selection of animals that many visitors may never see in the wild. This selection includes bald eagles (both wild and zoo exhibit: the local Puget Sound population decided to build a nest in one of the trees in the elk exhibit), mountain goats, and a few other animals from the region right around Seattle.

The zoo is, for the most part, organized by continent region, though there are some exhibits that group animals together by category (for example, a wide variety of birds are clumped together in the southwest corner).

The indoor exhibits close earlier than the rest of the zoo, so if you are only visiting for an afternoon, visit those first.

Prices: Visiting can get a little expensive: parking is currently $5 per vehicle, and adult entrance is currently $11 October through April, and $16.50 from May through September. Bus service very close, and goes right past the entrance on the west side of the zoo.

Nearby attractions include the Woodland Park Rose Garden (on the west side of the parking lot at the south entrance to the zoo), a small war memorial and the rest of Woodland Park itself, which is actually a pretty nice park and thanks to several pedestrian bridges does not require crossing any busy roads between the zoo area and the city park area.

Address: 5500 Phinney Avenue North, Seattle, WAż
Directions: Interstate 5 exit 169 and go west. Parking lot is on right just after crossing highway 99. Bus route 5 from downtown Seattle serves the west entrance. Bus route 44 between Ballard and University of Washington is only several blocks to the south.
Phone: 206.548.2500
Website: http://www.zoo.org/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 7, 2010
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