Where is it at?

View on Google Maps

Woodland Park Zoo
5500 Phinney Ave. No.
Seattle
WA
98103
Tel: 206 684-4800

Where are we going today?

For over 100 years, Woodland Park Zoo has been giving families those incredible animals experiences, and creating unforgettable memories.

Founded in 1899, there is over 90 acres to spend your family day out in, where kids can come face to face with their favorite animals, and learn all about conservation too!

With over 1,000 animals in the zoo, there is a lot to learn, and nearly 300 different species are represented. Did you think there were even that many species - looks like it's going to be a full day in Seattle!

Woodland Park Zoo have it all - mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles - they have those popular species, and even some you might not have heard of! Kids can see those cheeky red pandas play, or watch those tall giraffes reach the leaves. There are playful primates, and sleepy hippos, there are HUGE animals like the grand lion, to the teeny ocelot.

For those kids who LOVE those creepy crawlies, they won't be disappointed, and there are some pretty incredible birds to spot. Try and spot those cute barn owls, or those iconic vultures. There are even some very cool birds with some very iconic sounds, such as the Kookaburra!

The zoo also has a beautiful butterfly garden with nearly 500 free flying butterflies, and great exhibits that can teach kids about conservation too, such as the Banyan Wilds, where the forests of Asia come to life with tigers and sloth bears.

The creatures of the world all come to Seattle at Woodland Park Zoo - what animals will you visit first?

Email attraction

How much does it cost?

  • Adults$13.75 - $19.95
  • Children$9.25 - $12.25 (Ages 3-12)
  • Free Under: 2 years
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

9:30am - 6pm daily. 4pm close Sept 26 - April 30

Year round

Teachers corner

They have great field trip options to the zoo, that include field trip options, teacher resources and school partnerships!.

I'm Hungry!

There is the Rain Forest Food Pavilion with great lunch options, as well as the Chowder House with organic and local produce such as shrimp, salmon, and burgers. There are also karts with fun snacks and treats too!.

Healthy Eating!

The pavilion and chowder house have healthy options, with organic food and salads, and great healthy options.

Any Top Tips?

Check the daily activities as soon as you arrive so you can plan your day around them! There are feeding experiences, and even a fun carousel!.

Doing our bit

Conservation is the heart of what the zoo believe in, and work in conservation in 4 categories, in the field, breeding, sustainability and education.

Need a little extra help?

They have disabled parking, and they have done their best to ensure they are ADA compliant, and can welcome all guests.

Baby Facilities

They have stroller rental.

Can I get one of those?

There are TWO stores on the grounds, so you will certainly want to take that pocket money, and pick up some toys, educational games, plush animals, shirts, hats, mugs and so much more!.

More information

Check out the great camps they have, and also overnight experiences too!.

What people are saying?

  • by

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Very fun place to take the kids or take a date to. It's amazing seeing all the different animals on display. I thing that I have to point out however that littering in the zoo is a obvious problem. When I walked and observed all the animal exhibits i noticed garbage on the ground and in the animal cages. This is very unhealthy for the animals and is not pleasant to look at. I'd wish that there were more trash cans around so there would be less littering.

  • by

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    I love taking my grandchildren to the zoo. I took friends and their grandchildren. We arrived at noon, and after they took our money we were told the zoo was closing at 3:00. I saw no notice of the zoo's closure on the news or in the newspaper. The least they could have done is given us a discount for allowing us 1/3 of the time we paid for.

  • by

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Not what it used to be, but when I went there with my family my little brother enjoyed himself. There were a lot of exhibits shut down and a lot of animals that are no longer there from when I went a year ago. Still pretty good though.

  • by

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    If you want to see animals go somewhere else! The enclosures are too free roaming for my tastes. All we got to see was a horn or an ear or the twitch of a tail from a long (relatively) distance away. The price is too high for what you get.

  • by

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    We gave five stars because while we refuse to attend any future after zoo hours events, we enjoy the zoo during the normal hours. As far as the night event's or the members only events, we tried them all, and we were miserable every time. They close down 2/3 of the zoo and with the extra foot traffic, it is literally elbow to elbow.

    We attended wildlight event recently and we were a little disappointed with the members 2.00 discount (only Sun-Thur BTW). Some people were shoving through the crowds, and one man was actually smoking in the zoo (GROSS!!!)....Read More

Submit a review

by Katherine Hill

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5

We gave five stars because while we refuse to attend any future after zoo hours events, we enjoy the zoo during the normal hours. As far as the night event's or the members only events, we tried them all, and we were miserable every time. They close down 2/3 of the zoo and with the extra foot traffic, it is literally elbow to elbow.

We attended wildlight event recently and we were a little disappointed with the members 2.00 discount (only Sun-Thur BTW). Some people were shoving through the crowds, and one man was actually smoking in the zoo (GROSS!!!). In the indoor playground, some kids were running wild and it was just too busy for parents to properly watch kids. My son was actually pushed down the stairs by the slide (three feet from me) and while he wasn't injured, my heart stopped. A friends one year old was in the crawler area had her hand stepped on by another parent, and some kids were too old to be in there pushing the younger ones around.

The members night had lines that were a joke. We drove an hour and a half to get there with traffic (usually takes 20 minutes), and we were only at the zoo 10 minutes, the only thing to show was wasting gas to get there. Again, 2/3 of the zoo was closed off and we were miserable. While I understand the reasons why the zoo is closed off, and for some the event is fun, it just wasn't for us. Others who don't do well in crowded places should be aware that these events are CROWDED.

During the day, we LOVE the zoo. We are members and it is worth every penny. We go at least once a month, but weekly in the nicer weather. My husband doesn't go as often since my son and I go during the week when he works. We plan on renewing our membership for only myself and son. We don't mind paying half the general admission for my husband since he doesn't go as much.

The information given by the zoo staff is great! I love that they have people set up to answer questions about the animals.

Food is expensive, but there is a lot to pick from in the food court. You can pack a lunch (we do that) and eat it in the picnic areas.

Not found what you're looking for?